Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Samhainophobia: The Fear of Halloween

Halloween - Unrated Director's Cut (Widescreen Two-Disc Special Edition)Samhainophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of Halloween. 

A phobia is a strong, persistent fear of situations, objects, activities or persons.  The main symptom is an excessive and unreasonable desire to avoid the feared subject. Other phobia symptoms include shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea, and an overall feeling of dread.  Phobias are the most common form of anxiety disorders.

My 12 year old niece has this one.  She's had it since she was barely a toddler.  She tolerates it now a little better but, she'll tell you that Halloween is not her favorite holiday.

Samhainophobia can be triggered by a traumatic event that occured on Halloween or maybe even because of Halloween.

If you suffer from Samhainophobia please share your story.  When did the phobia begin and how does it affect your life?


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