Friday, March 4, 2011

Acousticophobia: The Fear of Noise

Acousticophobia is the persistent and irrational fear of noise.  It’s funny my best friend and I were talking about something similar to this just last night. She was making fun of me because I jump every time the phone rings or toast pops out of the toaster. Those who have this phobia startle very easy with loud noises.  A simple noise can cause extreme anxiety.

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 Acousticophobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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