Thursday, May 20, 2010

Tapinophobia: The Fear of Being Contagious

Tapinophobia is the irrational and persistent fear of being contagious.  Those who suffer from this phobia will do everything they can do to prevent getting sick.  They will eat the healthiest foods and may even take supplements to ensure that they stay healthy.

Acute Contagious DiseasesTapinophobics are often thought of as very courteous people because they do so much to prevent getting others sick.  They will isolate themselves if they are sick and they will take whatever other precautions that are necessary.  While they may be protecting others though, this creates debilitating effects on their own lives.  Their whole lives become centered on disease prevention.  Eventually there’s no room for anything else.

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.

Do you suffer from Tapinophobia?  Please share your story.  How did it begin and how does it affect your life?


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