Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Soteriophobia: The Fear of Dependence on Others

Soteriophobia is the persistent and abnormal fear of dependence on others.http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=pholivinconfe-20&l=bil&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=4770028008

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.

It's normal to fear having to put your full dependence on someone else. Those who have chronic illness' often feel this way.  When this fear becomes over-exaggerated Soteriophobia sets in. They fear something that hasn't even happened yet for the sole reason that it could happen.

If you suffer from Soteriophobia please share your story.  What triggered it and how does it affect your life?


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