Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Katsaridaphobia: The Fear of Cockroaches

Katsaridaphobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of cockroaches. I wouldn’t say I have a phobia of cockroaches, but I sure don’t want to be anywhere around them.  Just the thought of them makes me a little queasy. 

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


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