Phobias are emotional and physical reactions to feared objects or situations. It is an abnormally fearful response to a danger that is imagined or is irrationally exaggerated.
phobias can affect people of all ages, from all walks of life, and in every part of the world.
The symptoms that people get when having phobia is feelings of panic, dread, horror, or terror. They also get recognition that the fear goes beyond normal boundaries and the actual threat of danger.
These people can have a reactions that are automatic and uncontrollable, practically taking over the person’s thoughts.
Those who suffer from phopia get rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, trembling, and an overwhelming desire to flee the situation—all the physical reactions associated with extreme fear. These people also take extreme measures to avoid the feared object or situation.
some uncommon phobias that one might not believe people can get. Here are 10 of them:
• Xanthophobia: Fear of the colour yellow. Sufferers of xanthophobia may fear anything yellow, including the sun, daffodils and yellow paint.
• Turophobia: Fear of cheese. From cheddar to mozzarella turophobes often have to run away if they so much as see a slice of cheese.
• Somniphobia: Fear of falling asleep. Comprises irrational and excessive fear of sleep. Somniphobes may fear falling asleep because they associate going to bed with dying.
• Hylophobia: Fear of trees. Involves an irrational fear of wood, forest, or trees. It is often caused by exposure to films and fairy tales which involve scary woods in childhood. Many sufferers don’t grow out of the phobia and any walk in a scenic setting can trigger anxiety.
• Omphalophobia: Fear of the navel. The fear of belly buttons. Sufferers are afraid to have their belly buttons touched, or to touch another person’s belly button.
• Nomophobia: Fear of being without mobile phone coverage. The name for the phobia of being without mobile phone coverage was coined five years ago after researchers discovered the phenomenon. According to recent surveys, more than half of people in the UK suffer from it.
• Ombrophobia: Fear of rain. Ombrophobes have an abnormal fear of rain which can cause severe anxiety attacks.
• Uranophobia: Fear of heaven. Sufferers of uranophobia fear the sky and the afterlife. It can be triggered in religious believers who fear the idea that they will be judged after life.
• Pogonophobia: Fear of beards. The term pogonophobia has been used since the 1850s to describe a strong fear of beards.
• Triskaidekaphobia: Fear of the number 13. Many people are superstitious about the number 13 but few have a fully-fledged phobia. It is closely associated with the fear of Friday the 13th. Sufferers take great care to avoid using, or doing anything related to the number.