Phobias and Fears
A phobia is an irrational fear of an object or situation that would not normally trouble most people. As the name suggests, simple/specific phobias are phobias that are about specific objects or situations. They can be quite distinct in nature and easily identified. For example, fear of spiders, fear of thunderstorms or fear of heights.
Any phobia may produce a state of panic when the sufferer is confronted with the phobic object/situation. A wide variety of physical symptoms are experienced such as nausea, increased heartbeat and jelly legs. For this reason, many people with simple or specific phobias enter into a pattern of avoidance which can vary enormously in severity from someone who would not want to touch a spider, to someone who cannot even look at a picture of a spider, and therefore has to vet everything they come into contact with. The latter demonstrates just how debilitating even a simple phobia can be.
Some phobias don't have any rational explanation - for example Claustrophobia is the fear of being enclosed in a small space or room and unable to escape. It can be triggered by many situations or stimuli, including lifts crowded to capacity, windowless rooms, hotel rooms with closed doors and sealed windows, small cars and even tight-necked clothing.
It is typically classified as an anxiety disorder, which can result in a panic attack. The onset of claustrophobia is generally caused by an event where you were once in a confined space and the survival part of the brain logs this as threatening, and when a similar circumstance is experienced the brain pattern matches back to what is previously logged as a traumatic event, and this causes the symptom.
So traumatic experiences appear to play a role in some people's claustrophobia as can childhood experiences as well - children left in a room by accident or punished by being placed in a closet seem more at risk, which would indicate that for some people it develops as its own condition.
Similarly, for some, claustophobia develops and acts more like other types of phobias, such as a fear of spiders. There are many that have a fear of small spaces that doesn't appear to have been developed by any traumatic experience, but do seem to show up at a young age. Phobias can also develop by seeing someone else in your life with the same phobia - which means if your parent was ever afraid in a small space, you may be too. Again this is data being stored in the part of your brain, which is essentially a 'pattern recognition data system'.
Not all forms of anxiety have a clear cause, and the cause itself may not always matter. There are those that develop anxiety disorders for no apparent reason, as well as those that develop them through a series of unrelated events.
For example, you can develop something like claustrophobia from what seems like a completely unrelated event. If you had an anxiety attack in a party, and then left the party in an elevator, your mind may associate the anxiety with the elevator even though your anxiousness was caused by a party.
The good news is that the cause does not always matter. There is ample evidence that anxiety, no matter its cause, can be treated with the right therapy.
If you have any kind of phobia that you would like to deal with then get in touch.
Acarophobia - Fear of itching or of insects whose bites cause itching.
Achluophobia, Lygophobia, Nyctophobia, Scotophobia - Fear of darkness.
Acousticophobia - Fear of noise.
Acrophobia, Altophobia - Fear of heights.
Aerophobia - Fear of flying, drafts, air swallowing or airborne noxious substances.
Aeroacrophobia - Fear of open high places.
Aeronausiphobia - Fear of vomiting secondary to airsickness
Agateophobia, Dementophobia, Maniaphobia - Fear of insanity.
Agliophobia, Algophobia, Odynophobia, Odynephobia - Fear of pain.
Agoraphobia - Fear of the outdoors, crowds or uncontrolled social conditions.
Aichmophobia Fear of needles or pointed objects.
Ailurophobia Fear of cats.
Albuminurophobia - Fear of kidney disease.
Alektorophobia - Fear of chickens.
Alliumphobia - Fear of garlic onions
Amathophobia, Koniophobia - Fear of dust.
Amaxophobia - Fear of riding in a car
Androphobia - Fear of men.
Amnesiphobia - Fear of amnesia.
Amychophobia - Fear of scratches or being scratched.
Androphobia, Arrhenphobia, Hominophobia - Fear of men.
Anginophobia - Fear of angina
Angrophobia - Fear of anger or of becoming angry.
Ankylophobia - Fear of immobility of a joint.
Anthrophobia, Anthophobia - Fear of flowers.
Antlophobia - Fear of floods.
Aphenphosmphobia, Chiraptophobia, Haphephobia, Haptephobia - Fear of being touched.
Apiphobia, Melissaphobia, Melissophobia - Fear of bees.
Aquaphobia - Fear of water
Arcanophobia - Fear of magic
Arachnophobia - Fear of spiders.
Arithmophobia - Fear of numbers.
Arsonphobia, Pyrophobia - Fear of fire.
Asthenophobia - Fear of fainting or weakness.
Astraphobia, Astrapophobia, Brontophobia, Keraunophobia - Fear of thunder and lightning.
Ataxophobia - Fear of disorder or untidiness.
Atelophobia - Fear of imperfection
Athazagoraphobia - Fear of being forgotten, ignored or forgetting.
Atomosophobia - Fear of atomic explosions.
Atychiphobia, Kakorrhaphiophobia - Fear of failure.
Automatonophobia - Fear of any inanimate objects, eg. statues, dummies, robots, etc
Automysophobia - Fear of being dirty.
Autophobia, Eremophobia, Ermitophibia, Isolophobia, Monophobia - Fear of being alone.
Aviophobia, Aviatophobia, Pteromerhanophobia - Fear of flying.
Bacillophobia, Microbiophobia - Fear of microbes.
Bacteriophobia - Fear of bacteria
Bananaphobia - Fear of bananas.
Barophobia - Fear of loss of gravity.
Basophobia, Basiphobia - Fear of walking or falling.
Bathmophobia - Fear of stairs or steep slopes.
Bathophobia - Fear of depth.
Batophobia - Fear of heights or of being close to high buildings.
Batrachophobia - Fear of amphibians.
Belonephobia - Fear of sharply pointed objects, such as needles.
Bibliophobia - Fear of books.
Blennophobia, Myxophobia - Fear of slime.
Botanophobia - Fear of plants.
Briophobia- Fear of the human foot.
Bromidrosiphobia, Bromidrophobia - Fear of body odours.
Brontophobia, Tonitrophobia - Fear of thunder.
Bufonophobia - Fear of toads.
Button phobia - Fear of buttons.
Cacophobia - Fear of ugliness.
Cainophobia, Cainotophobia, Cenophobia, Centophobia, - Fear of newness, novelty.
Caligynephobia, Venustraphobia - Fear of beautiful women.
Cancerophobia, Carcinophobia - Fear of cancer.
Carbophobia - Fear of carbohydrates
Cardiophobia - Fear of heart disease.
Carnophobia - Fear of meat.
Catagelophobia, Katagelophobia - Fear of being ridiculed.
Catapedaphobia - Fear of jumping from high and low places.
Cathisophobia, Kathisophobia, Thaasophobia - Fear of sitting.
Catoptrophobia - Fear of mirrors.
Cenophobia - Fear of empty rooms.
Chaetophobia, Trichopathophobia, Trichophobia, Hypertrichophobia - Fear of hair.
Cheimaphobia, Cheimatophobia, Psychrophobia - Fear of cold.
Chelonaphobia - Fear of turtles.
Chemophobia - Fear of chemicals or working with chemicals.
Cherophobia - Fear of gaiety.
Chinophobia - Fear of Chinese people, customs, etc.
Chionophobia - Fear of snow.
Chirophobia - Fear of hands.
Chlorophobia - Fear of the colour green.
Cholerophobia - Fear of anger or the Fear of cholera.
Chorophobia - Fear of dancing.
Christophobia - Fear of Christianity
Chrometophobia, Chrematophobia - Fear of money.
Chromophobia, Chromatophobia - Fear of colours.
Chronomentrophobia - Fear of clocks.
Chronophobia - Fear of time.
Chrysophobia - Fear or the color orange.
Cibophobia, Sitophobia, Sitiophobia - Fear of food.
Claustrophobia - Fear of confined spaces.
Cleithrophobia, Cleisiophobia - Fear of being locked in an enclosed place.
Cleptophobia, Kleptophobia - Fear of stealing.
Climacophobia - Fear of stairs or of climbing or falling down stairs.
Clinophobia - Fear of going to bed.
Clithrophobia, Cleithrophobia - Fear of being enclosed.
Cnidophobia - Fear of stings.
Coimetrophobia - Fear of cemeteries.
Coitophobia, Genophobia - Fear of coitus.
Cometophobia - Fear of comets.
Commitmentphobia - Fear of commitments.
Coprastasophobia - Fear of constipation.
Coprophobia, Fecophobia, Scatophobia - Fear of feces.
Coulrophobia - Fear of clowns.
Counterphobia - The preference by a phobic person for Fearful situations.
Cremnophobia - Fear of precipices.
Cryophobia - Fear of extreme cold, ice or frost.
Crystallophobia - Fear of crystals or glass.
Cyanophobia - Fear of the colour blue.
Cyberphobia, Logizomechanophobia - Fear of computers or working on a computer.
Cyclophobia - Fear of bicycles.
Cymophobia, Kymophobia - Fear of waves or wave-like motions.
Cynophobia - Fear of dogs or rabies.
Cypridophobia, Cypriphobia,- Fear of prostitutes or venereal disease.
Decidophobia - Fear of making decisions.
Defecaloesiophobia - Fear of painful bowel movements.
Deipnophobia - Fear of dining or dinner conversations.
Demonophobia, Daemonophobia - Fear of demons.
Demophobia, Enochlophobia, Ochlophobia - Fear of crowds.
Dendrophobia - Fear of trees.
Dentophobia - Fear of dentists.
Dermatophobia - Fear of skin lesions.
Dermatosiophobia, Dermatophobia, Dermatopathophobia - Fear of skin disease.
Dextrophobia - Fear of objects at the right side of the body.
Diabetophobia - Fear of diabetes.
Didaskaleinophobia, Scolionophobia - Fear of going to school.
Dikephobia - Fear of justice.
Dinophobia - Fear of dizziness or whirlpools.
Diplophobia - Fear of double vision.
Dipsophobia - Fear of drinking.
Dishabiliophobia - Fear of undressing in front of someone.
Domatophobia, Eicophobia, Oikophobia - Fear of houses or being in a house.
Doraphobia - Fear of fur or the skins of animals.
Doxophobia - Fear of expressing opinions or receiving praise.
Dutchphobia - Fear of the Dutch.
Dysmorphophobia - Fear of deformity.
Dystychiphobia - Fear of accidents.
Ecclesiophobia - Fear of church.
Ecophobia - Fear of home.
Eisoptrophobia - Fear of mirrors or of seeing oneself in a mirror.
Electrophobia - Fear of electricity.
Eleutherophobia - Fear of freedom.
Emetophobia - Fear of vomiting.
Enetophobia - Fear of pins.
Enosiophobia, Enissophobia - Fear of having committed an unpardonable sin or of criticism.
Entomophobia, Insectophobia - Fear of insects.
Eosophobia - Fear of dawn or daylight.
Ephebiphobia - Fear of teenagers.
Epistaxiophobia - Fear of nosebleeds.
Epistemophobia, Gnosiophobia - Fear of knowledge.
Epistolophobia - Fear of writing letters
Equinophobia, Hippophobia - Fear of horses.
Ereuthrophobia, Erythrophobia, Erytophobia - Fear of blushing, red lights, or the colour red.
Ergasiophobia - Fear of work or functioning, or a surgeon's Fear of operating.
Ergophobia - Fear of work.
Ermitophobia - Fear of being alone, loneliness.
Erotophobia - Fear of sexual love or sexual questions.
Euphobia - Fear of hearing good news.
Eurotophobia - Fear of female genitalia.
Europhobia - Fear of Europe, Europeans, or alternatively, the European Union.
Febriphobia, Fibriphobia, Fibriophobia, Pyrexiophobia - Fear of fever.
Fecophobia, Coprophobia, Scatophobia - Fear of feces.
Ferrumphobia - Fear of Iron and objects made of iron
Frigophobia - Fear of very cold objects.
Gamophobia - Fear of marriage.
Galeophobia - Fear of sharks.
Gatophobia - Fear of cats.
Geliophobia - Fear of laughter.
Geniophobia - Fear of chins.
Genuphobia - Fear of knees.
Gephyrophobia, Gephydrophobia, Gephyrdrophobia,- Fear of crossing bridges.
Gerontophobia - Fear of old people or of growing old
Glossophobia - Fear of speaking in public or of trying to speak.
Globophobia - Fear of balloons
Graphophobia - Fear of writing or handwriting.
Gymnophobia, Nudophobia - Fear of nudity.
Gynephobia, Gynophobia - Fear of women.
Hadephobia, Stygiophobia, Stigiophobia - Fear of hell.
Haemophobia - Fear of blood and bleeding.
Hagiophobia - Fear of saints or holy things.
Hamartophobia, Peccatophobia - Fear of sinning.
Haptophobia - Fear of being touched.
Harpaxophobia - Fear of being robbed.
Hedonophobia - Fear of feeling pleasure.
Heliophobia - Fear of the sun.
Hellenologophobia - Fear of Greek terms or complex scientific terminology.
Helminthophobia - Fear of being infested with worms.
Hemophobia, Hemaphobia, Hematophobia - Fear of blood or bleeding.
Heresyphobia, Hereiophobia - Fear of challenges to official doctrine..
Herpetophobia - Fear of reptiles.
Heterophobia, Sexophobia - Fear of the opposite sex.
Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia - Fear of the number 666.
Hierophobia - Fear of priests or sacred things.
Hippophobia - Fear of horses.
Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia, Sesquipedalophobia - Fear of long words.
Hobophobia - Fear of bums or beggars.
Hodophobia - Fear of road travel.
Hormephobia - Fear of shock.
Homichlophobia, Nebulaphobia - Fear of fog.
Homilophobia - Fear of sermons.
Homophobia - Fear of sameness, homosexuality or of becoming homosexual.
Hoplophobia - Fear of firearms.
Hydrophobia - Fear of water, a symptom of rabies.
Hydrophobophobia, Kynophobia - Fear of rabies.
Hyelophobia, Hyalophobia, Nelophobia - Fear of glass.
Hygrophobia - Fear of liquids, dampness, or moisture.
Hylephobia - Fear of materialism or the Fear of epilepsy.
Hylophobia - Fear of forests.
Hypegiaphobia, Hypengyophobia - Fear of responsibility.
Hypengyophobia - Fear of responsibility.
Hypnophobia - Fear of sleep or of being hypnotized.
Hypsiphobia - Fear of height.
Iatrophobia - Fear of going to the doctor or of doctors.
Ichthyophobia - Fear of fish.
Iconophobia - Fear of images or icons.
Ideophobia - Fear of ideas.
Illyngophobia - Fear of vertigo.
Insulaphobia - Fear of being isolated, or alternatively, Fear of islands
Iophobia - Fear of poison
Islandophobia - Fear of Iceland, Icelandic culture, etc.
Isopterophobia - Fear of termites or other insects that eat wood.
Ithyphallophobia - Fear of seeing, thinking about or having an erect penis.
Kenophobia - Fear of voids or empty spaces.
Keraunophobia - Fear of lightning
Koinoniphobia - Fear of rooms.
Kolpophobia - Fear of genitals, particularly female
Lachanophobia - Fear of vegetables.
Laliophobia, Lalophobia - Fear of speaking.
Leporiphobia - Fear of rabbits
Levophobia - Fear of things to the left side of the body.
Librophobia - Fear of having to balance.
Ligyrophobia - Fear of loud noises.
Lilapsophobia - Fear of tornadoes and hurricanes.
Limnophobia - Fear of lakes.
Linonophobia - Fear of string.
Liticaphobia - Fear of lawsuits.
Lockiophobia, Maieusiophobia, Parturiphobia - Fear of childbirth.
Luiphobia, Syphilophobia - Fear of syphilis.
Lyssophobia - Fear of rabies or of becoming insane.
Macroxenoglossophobia - Fear of long, strange words.
Macrophobia - Fear of long waits.
Maimouphobia, Pithikosophobia - Fear of monkeys.
Mageirocophobia - Fear of cooking.
Malaxophobia, Sarmassophobia - Fear of love play.
Maniaphobia - Fear of going insane.
Mastigophobia, Poinephobia - Fear of punishment.
Mechanophobia - Fear of machines.
Medomalacuphobia - Fear of losing an erection.
Medorthophobia - Fear of an erect penis.
Megalophobia - Fear of large objects.
Melophobia - Fear or hatred of music.
Meningitophobia - Fear of brain disease.
Menophobia - Fear of menstruation.
Merinthophobia - Fear of being bound or tied up.
Metallophobia - Fear of metal.
Metathesiophobia - Fear of changes.
Meteorophobia - Fear of meteors.
Methyphobia, Potophobia - Fear of alcohol.
Microphobia, Mycrophobia - Fear of small objects.
Misophobia, Molysmophobia,- Fear of being contaminated with germs
Monophobia - Fear of being alone, or of feeling alone.
Monopathophobia - Fear of a specific disease.
Motorphobia - Fear of automobiles.
Mottephobia - Fear of moths.
Musicophobia - Fear of music.
Musophobia, Murophobia - Fear of rats.
Mycophobia - Fear or aversion to mushrooms.
Myrmecophobia - Fear of ants.
Mysophobia - Fear of dirt.
Necrophobia - Fear of death or dead things.
Neopharmaphobia - Fear of new drugs.
Neophobia - Fear of the new.
Nephophobia - Fear of clouds.
Noctiphobia - Fear of the night
Nosocomephobia - Fear of hospitals.
Nosophobia, Nosemaphobia - Fear of becoming ill.
Nostophobia - Fear of returning home.
Novercaphobia - Fear of one's stepmother.
Nucleomituphobia - Fear of nuclear weapons.
Numerophobia - Fear of numbers.
Nyctohylophobia - Fear of dark, wooded areas.
Nyctophobia - Fear of the dark, of night or of nightfall.
Obesophobia, Pocrescophobia - Fear of gaining weight.
Ochophobia - Fear of vehicles.
Odontophobia - Fear of teeth or dental surgery.
Oenophobia - Fear of wine.
Oicophobia - Fear of houses.
Olfactophobia, Osmophobia, Osphresiophobia - Fear of smells.
Ombrophobia, Pluviophobia - Fear of rain or of being rained on.
Ommetaphobia, Ommatophobia - Fear of eyes.
Oneirophobia - Fear of dreams.
Oneirogmophobia - Fear of wet dreams.
Onomatophobia - Fear of hearing certain words or names.
Ophidiophobia - Fear of snakes.
Ophthalmophobia - Fear of being stared at.
Opiophobia - A doctor's Fear of prescribing pain medications for patients.
Optophobia - Fear of opening one's eyes.
Ornithophobia - Fear of birds.
Ortographobia - Fear of spelling mistakes.
Orthophobia - Fear of property.
Ostraconophobia - Fear of shellfish.
Ouranophobia, Uranophobia - Fear of heaven.
Pagophobia - Fear of ice or frost.
Panthophobia - Fear of suffering and disease.
Panophobia, Pantophobia - Fear of everything.
Papaphobia - Fear of the Pope.
Papyrophobia - Fear of paper.
Paralipophobia - Fear of neglecting duty or responsibility.
Paraphobia - Fear of sexual perversion.
Parasitophobia - Fear of parasites.
Paraskavedekatriaphobia - Fear of Friday the 13th.
Parthenophobia - Fear of virgins or young girls.
Pathophobia - Fear of disease.
Patroiophobia - Fear of heredity.
Pediculophobia, Phthiriophobia - Fear of lice.
Pediophobia - Fear of dolls.
Pediphobia, Pedophobia - Fear of children.
Peladophobia - Fear of bald people.
Peniaphobia - Fear of poverty.
Pentheraphobia - Fear of one's mother-in-law.
Phagophobia - Fear of swallowing, eating or of being eaten.
Phalacrophobia - Fear of becoming bald.
Phallophobia - Fear of a penis, esp. erect.
Pharmacophobia - Fear of taking medicine.
Phasmophobia, Spectrophobia - Fear of ghosts.
Phengophobia - Fear of daylight or sunshine.
Philemaphobia, Philematophobia - Fear of kissing.
Philophobia - Fear of falling in love or being in love.
Philosophobia - Fear of philosophy.
Phobophobia - Fear of phobias.
Phobophobiaphobia - Fear of Fear of phobias.
Photoaugliaphobia - Fear of glaring lights.
Photophobia - Fear of light
Phonophobia - Fear of noises, voices, one's own voice or of telephones.
Phronemophobia - Fear of thinking.
Phthisiophobia, Tuberculophobia - Fear of tuberculosis.
Placophobia - Fear of tombstones.
Plutophobia - Fear of wealth.
Pneumatiphobia - Fear of spirits.
Pnigophobia, Pnigerophobia - Fear of choking or being smothered
Pogonophobia, Pognophobia - Fear of beards.
Polyphobia - Having many phobias.
Ponophobia - Fear of overworking or of pain.
Potamophobia - Fear of rivers or running water.
Pharmacophobia - Fear of drugs.
Prosophobia - Fear of progress.
Psellismophobia - Fear of stuttering.
Psychophobia - Fear of the mind.
Pteronophobia - Fear of being tickled by feathers.
Pupaphobia - Fear of puppets.
Pyrophobia - Fear of fire
Radiophobia - Fear of radiation or X-rays.
Ranidaphobia - Fear of frogs.
Retrophobia - Fear of old things or traveling back in time.
Rhabdophobia - Fear of being severely punished or beaten.
Rhinophobia - Fear of noses.
Rhodophobia - Fear of the colour red.
Rhypophobia - Fear of defecation.
Rhytiphobia - Fear of getting wrinkles.
Rupophobia - Fear of dirt.
Samhainophobia - Fear of Halloween.
Satanophobia, Orcusophobia - Fear of Satan.
Scabiophobia - Fear of scabies.
Scatophobia, Fecophobia, Coprophobia - Fear of feces.
Scelerophibia - Fear of bad men, burglars.
Sciophobia, Sciaphobia - Fear of shadows.
Scoleciphobia, Vermiphobia - Fear of worms.
Scopophobia, Scoptophobia - Fear of being seen or stared at.
Scotomaphobia - Fear of blindness in visual field.
Scriptophobia - Fear of writing in public.
Sedatephobia - Fear of silence.
Selachophobia - Fear of sharks.
Selaphobia - Fear of light flashes.
Siderodromophobia - Fear of trains, railroads or train travel.
Siderophobia - Fear of stars.
Sitophobia - Fear of food
Social Phobia - Fear of being evaluated negatively in social situations.
Sociophobia - Fear of society or people in general.
Somniphobia - Fear of sleep.
Spectrophobia - Fear of mirrors.
Spermatophobia or Spermophobia - Fear of sperm.
Spheksophobia - Fear of wasps.
Staurophobia - Fear of crosses or crucifixes.
Stenophobia - Fear of narrow things or places.
Stephanophobia - Fear of crowns
Suriphobia - Fear of mice.
Tachophobia - Fear of speed.
Taeniophobia, Teniophobia - Fear of tapeworms.
Taphephobia, Taphophobia - Fear of being buried alive or of cemeteries.
Tapinophobia - Fear of being contagious.
Taurophobia - Fear of bulls.
Technophobia - Fear of technology.
Teleophobia - Fear of definite plans or of religious ceremony.
Telephonophobia - Fear of telephones.
Teratophobia - Fear of bearing a deformed child, or deformed people.
Teratrophobia - Fear of monsters.
Terdekaphobia - Fear of the number 13.
Testophobia - Fear of taking tests.
Tetanophobia - Fear of tetanus or lockjaw.
Textophobia - Fear of certain fabrics.
Thalassophobia - Fear of the sea.
Thanatophobia, Thantophobia - Fear of death or dying
Theophobia - Fear of gods or religion.
Thermophobia - Fear of heat.
Tocophobia - Fear of pregnancy or childbirth.
Tomophobia - Fear of surgical operations.
Tonsurephobia - Fear of haircuts.
Topophobia - Fear of certain places or situations, such as stage fright.
Toxiphobia, Toxophobia, Toxicophobia - Fear of being accidentally poisoned.
Traumatophobia - Fear of injury.
Tremophobia - Fear of trembling.
Trichinophobia - Fear of trichinosis.
Triskaidekaphobia - Fear of the number 13. Having a superstition.
Tropophobia - Fear of moving or making changes.
Turophobia - Fear of cheese.
Trypanophobia - Fear of injections.
Trypophobia - Fear of holes.
Uranophobia - Fear of the heavens.
Urophobia - Fear of urine or urinating.
Vaccinophobia - Fear of vaccination.
Venustraphobia - Fear of beautiful women.
Verminophobia • Fear of Vermin - disease
Vestiphobia - Fear of clothing.
Virginitiphobia - Fear of rape.
Wiccaphobia - Fear of witches and witchcraft
Xenoglossophobia - Fear of foreign languages.
Xenophobia - Fear of strangers or foreigners.
Xerophobia - Fear of dryness.
Xylophobia - Fear of wooden objects or Fear of forests.
Xyrophobia - Fear of razors.
Zoophobia - Fear of animals.