Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Apotemnophobia: The Fear of People with Amputations

Apotemnophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of amputations or people with amputations.  Those who suffer from this phobia are usually most affected by the stump of the amputee.

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


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