Phobia is an uncontrollable, irrational, and relentless fear of a situation, activity, or thing that causes one to want to avoid it.
It is quiet shocking that most people in Nigeria do not talk about their fears, this has led to lack of data for people who have phobias.
However, the study shows that women tend to be twice as likely to develop a phobia compared to men.
Phobias are categorized into different part:
a. social phobia (fear of public speaking, meeting new people or other social situations),
b. agoraphobia (fear of being outside), and:
c. specific phobias (fear of other items or situations).
Check out some of the phobias you may already know:
a. Belonephobia - Fear of pins and needles
b. Bacteriophobia - Fear of bacteria
c. Chronomentrophobia - Fear of clocks
d. Cynophobia - Fear of dogs
e. Gynophobia - Fear of women
f. Elurophobia - Fear of cats
g. Iatrophobia - Fear of doctors
h. Obesophobia - Fear of gaining weight
i. Scolionophobia - Fear of school
Phobias tend to run in families, can be influenced by culture and parenting style, and can be triggered by life events.
Symptoms of phobias often involve panic attacks.
The evaluation of phobias often includes questions by a health-care professional that explore the symptoms that are occurring, a medical interview, and a physical examination.
The treatment of phobias often includes the use of desensitization, cognitive behavioral therapy, and/or medications. Phobia sufferers sometimes cope with their fears by talking about it, refraining from avoiding situations they find stressful, visualization, and making positive self-statements.
What do you have Phobia for?😁