Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Iophobia: The Fear of Poison

The Lure of the Witch (Hawkman)Iophobia is the fear of poison or rust.  This phobia is closely related to Toxiphobia, Toxicophobia and Toxophobia, which all mean the fear of poison or being poisoned.

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.

If you suffer from Iophobia please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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