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Top Ten Wierd Phobias

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Wierd Phobias

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1. Arachnophobia

Arachnophobia is defined as an inordinate fear of spiders. This phobia can often be triggered by the thought of or sometimes even a picture of a spider. A serious case of arachnophobia is much different than someone who doesn’t like spiders. Many people who are afraid of spiders have feelings of panic entering into a situation where spiders may be present. This fear of spiders can dictate where someone chooses to live, go on vacation, work or what sports or hobbies are enjoyed. Symptoms may include excessive sweating or clamminess, rapid breathing, rapid heartbeat, nausea and dizziness.

Often this fear is caused by an incident earlier in life which was frightening. People sometimes have the misconception that such a frightening event would have to be a long-lasting or memorable ordeal. Many people don’t even remember the events which led to their phobia. The mind can create a phobia based on an instant of panic.

2. Social Phobia

Social phobia can make life extremely difficult. Socialising is one of life’s great joys, and to constantly experience anxiety and fear in social situations can be awful. Although it is natural for most people to feel some level of excitement before some social events, social phobia is something else entirely. People with social phobia often have difficulties in areas other than just ‘socialising’. Meetings at work, public speaking, even groups of friends can be difficult. The anxiety created by social phobia keeps the attention locked on the self (self consciousness) which is exactly the opposite of what is required to enjoy socialising. Even thoughts of social events can create high levels of anxiety

3. Aerophobia

Fear of flying.Fear of flying didn’t used to be such a problem, but with the availability of cheap flights, and the increased requirement to travel for business and pleasure, more and more people are looking for help overcoming the anxiety they feel when flying.

From the sweaty palms in turbulence, to the anxiety around odd noises and movement, fear of flying can make air travel very unpleasant indeed.

4. Agoraphobia

Fear of inescapable situations. Extreme agoraphobes are confined to their own home, which is the only place they consider to be safe.

The true meaning of agoraphobia is fear of crowds, but for many people it is much more than that. Anxiety or panic attacks that occur originally in one place can spread to others until the sufferer finds it hard to be anywhere unless ‘escape’ is easy.

Eventually, it can get so bad that you feel safe only at home. The brain’s survival emergency system gets ‘hyper aroused’ and starts to respond to almost any situation with anxiety or panic attacks.

5. Claustrophobia

Claustrophobia – the fear of enclosed spaces – can be a terribly debilitating condition.

Many people think that it only involves elevators or other small spaces, but in fact many people find they can be overcome by claustrophobia in a large space.

The problem tends to spread so that people find they are thinking ahead to avoid any situation that might trigger their claustrophobia, limiting their life experiences.

6. Acrophobia

Acrophobia is one of the most common phobias and is an extreme fear of heights, which can induce feelings of panic, panic attacks, nausea and dizziness if a person is exposed to heights. Acrophobia should not be confused withAgoraphobia , the fear of the outdoors or open spaces, which contributes to many people feeling they can’t leave their homes. Both are serious conditions, and both common. Of the two, acrophobia is more common, and is possibly an inborn trait in some people

7. Emetophobia

Emetophobia is the irrational and overwhelming fear of vomiting. We all know that it is not a nice bodily process to go through, but for people who suffer from emetophobia it is the worst thing you or I could imagine. It is far more common than people think in fact its the sixth most common phobia in the UK. The chances are you know someone who suffers from Emetophobia, there are many signs such as, not eating out at all, and very Hygienic. A lot of emetophobes will not even read words that are associated with being sick. A long with the actual phobia there are many other disorders and phobias that suffers can get, such as IBS, Agoraphobia among others. It is a phobia that can get worse with time, if not treated correctly (It often gets diagnosed as an eating disorder (as sufferers tend not to eat a lot), there is no magical cure for it.

8. Carcinophobia

An extreme form of fear from the disease cancer. This phobic condition is quite unnatural as it makes the individual afraid of all sorts of negative bodily symptoms. One physical discomfiture and the person start believing that he has cancer.

9. Brontophobia and Astraphobia

An abnormal and persistent fear of thunder that causes undue anxiety even though sufferers realize that thunder itself poses no threat to them. When outdoors during a thunderstorm, they may suffer excessive anxiety. When indoors, they may hide under beds or desks, behind sofas, or in closets.

10. Necrophobia

Fear of death is natural if you feel threatened in some way – after all your survival instinct is an essential drive. However when fear of death becomes a preoccupying obsessive thought then something needs to change. If you are constantly ruminating about death, or if the mere mention of the word ‘death’ makes you feel anxious then a natural concern has gone too far. An overriding fear of death stop you living life properly now! The thought that some day we won’t be around any more can be hard to comprehend and cause fear and even panic. Or maybe it’s the process of dying that is feared. Obsessive fear of death may originate from witnessing the death of a loved one, or even being traumatized by something on TV!

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