Thursday, May 13, 2010

Pathophobia: The Fear of Disease

Disease: Identification, Prevention and Control
Pathophobia is the the persistent and abnormal fear of disease.  No one wants to be sick so there is a normal degree of fear of contracting a disease of any sort, but this fear can grow out of control until the point it rules your life. 

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.

Living every day in constant fear that you will get sick can greatly inhibit your life.  You can recover from it though.  Treatments available to treat Pathophobia include behavior therapy, anti-anxiety medications,  exposure therapy and relaxation techniques.
If you suffer from Pathophobia please share your story.  How was it triggered and how do you cope with it?

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