Monday, December 12, 2011

Doraphobia: The Fear of Fur or Skins of Animals

Doraphobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of fur or skins of animals.  Those with this phobia fear any animal with fur such as dogs, cats, raccoons, rabbits and the list goes on and on.  This phobia may be caused by childhood stories in which animals are portrayed as bad like the big bad wolf in Little Red Riding Hood.

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


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