Dentophobia - Fear of Dentists

Fear Of Dentists

No one likes to visit the dentist, but some people experience a kind of anxiety that may turn into a fear or even a phobia. Dentophobia is a very common affliction and is also referred to as odontophobia, dental fear or dental anxiety. Phobias related to blood and needles may also prevent people from visiting their dentist for routine dental care. The most common way of developing dental fear is […] Read more »

Driving Phobia - Fear Of Driving

Fear Of Driving

Fear of driving or driving phobia is a very common anxiety disorder you may be surprised to know. The phobia may be mild or it may be very severe. Whereas some individuals are scared of specific situations that they imagine they will encounter while driving, many others are simply terrified of sitting behind the wheel. This phobia may cause individuals to stay away from driving at any cost, they may […] Read more »

Aquaphobia - Fear of Water

Fear Of Water

Hydrophobia is the word that was actually derived from the Greek words hudōr, meaning, water and phobos, meaning fear. As the word hydrophobia is used to refer to a later-stage rabies symptom of swallowing difficulty, fear experienced when the affected is provided with liquids to drink and the inability to quench thirst, the new term aquaphobia was created to refer to the general fear of water and drowning using the […] Read more »

Nyctophobia - Fear of the Dark

Fear Of The Dark

It is very common for most people to be a little afraid of the dark. Nyctophobia (a.k.a. Lygophobia, Scotophobia) is more than just a simple and unexplained fear of the dark or of dark places and is commonly seen in children. However, in some, it passes on and continues when the person attains adulthood. Nyctophobia, if present, can be the most crippling fear which interferes in a negative manner with […] Read more »

Carcinophobia - Fear Of Cancer

Fear Of Cancer

Carcinophobia is a relatively rare phobia and it refers to the irrational and extreme fear of getting cancer. Individuals affected with this phobia most often exhibit symptoms that associated with other disorders like, for example, the obsessive compulsive disorder and social phobia. It is normal to have a fear of any disease, but those who have carcinophobia believe that they can contract cancer from anything and that the dreaded disease […] Read more »

Zoophobia - Fear Of Animals

Fear of Animals

Zoophobia is a persistent and ever-pervading fear of animals. However, it is important to note that it is very common for most individuals to be scared of snakes, rats, barking dogs, etc. Zoophobia is not this kind of fear; it is irrational and extends to even harmless animals such as little kittens as well as big animals. This phobia is commonly found in very young children. For some it persists […] Read more »

emetophobia - fear of vomiting

Fear of Vomiting

Emetophobia is the fear of vomiting and may be related to other conditions such as eating disorders or fear of certain types of foods. It can also occur as a result of an obsessive compulsive disorder. For different people, symptoms are different and so are the outcomes. Whereas some people are terrified about becoming sick themselves (more so in public places), some others dread the thought of encountering others who […] Read more »

Arachnophobia - Fear Of Spiders

Fear of Spiders

Arachnophobia is an extreme fear of spiders. Spiders are not everybody’s favorite insects; they are hated by most people on the planet, but next only to snakes. Many people of the Dark Ages believed that spiders contaminated food and water. Some even thought that spiders caused the bubonic plague. However, sufferers of arachnophobia have a disproportionate fear that affects their daily lives. It is assumed that a significant percentage of […] Read more »

Necrophobia - Fear of Death

Fear Of Death

Necrophobia is a term used for two distinct fears: the fear of death or of dead things. Though the fear of death is not uncommon, Necrophobia is an irrational fear of death in any form and it causes anxiety to such an extent that it disrupts normal living and affects the quality of life of the sufferer. Though unspoken, it is surprising to know that many people suffer from necrophobia. […] Read more »

claustrophobia - fear of enclosed places

Fear Of Enclosed Places

The word claustrophobia was derived from the Latin word claustrum, meaning ‘a shut in place’ and the Greek word phobos, meaning fear. Claustrophobia, the fear of getting trapped in small spaces, is categorized as an anxiety disorder. A person suffering from this phobia experiences an irrational fear of being closed-in. When triggered by certain situations or stimuli such as a crowded elevator, a room with no windows or an airplane, […] Read more »

ophidiophobia - the fear of snakes

Fear Of Snakes

Ophidiophobia – The Fear Of Snakes: An irrational fear of snakes is referred to as ophidiophobia. Also referred to as ophiophobia, it is a subcategory of the fear of reptiles or herpetophobia. The term ophidiophobia has been derived from the Greek words ophis (snakes) and phobia (fear). A person having this phobia does not only show a morbid fear when in live contact with snakes, but also when thinking about […] Read more »

mysophobia - fear of germs

Fear Of Germs

Mysophobia – Fear Of Germs: The term mysophobia, derived from Greek words musos for uncleanness and phobos for fear, was coined in 1879 by Dr. William Alexander Hammond. Also referred to as germophobia or bacteriophobia, mysophobia is the fear of germs and contamination. It is normal for people to be concerned about contamination of foods and exposure to the body fluids of others in order to maintain good hygiene. However, in […] Read more »

fear of heights

Fear Of Heights

Acrophobia – The Fear Of Heights: The word acrophobia is derived from the Greek word ‘akron’, meaning edge or summit. Acrophobia is rightly defined as an irrational or morbid fear of heights. Most feel apprehensive when looking down from a height. However, in those who suffer from acrophobia, this discomfort is intense and brings feelings of panic and agitation that are not within the normal range. Acrophobia belongs to a […] Read more »

Aerophobia - Fear Of Flying

Fear Of Flying

Aerophobia is an abnormal fear of flying and is also called by other names such as aviatophobia, pteromechanophobia, or aviophobia. It is derived from the Greek words ‘avio’ meaning air and ‘phobos’ meaning fear. Aerophobia is an irrational or morbid fear of being on an airplane or helicopter or any other vehicle while it is in flight. This phobia seeks more attention than many other phobias because it is widespread. […] Read more »

fear of public speaking - glossophobia

Fear Of Public Speaking

A fear of public speaking is one of the most common phobias – it even has a name, it’s officially called glossophobia a derivative of the Greek words glossa, meaning tongue, and phobos, meaning fear. Public speaking anxiety affects most of us to some degree.  Even the most confident public speaker will have anxiety before speaking – it’s completely natural. A few nerves are actually healthy, it means you’re taking […] Read more »