Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Arsonphobia: The Fear of Fire

Arsonphobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of fire or of setting something on fire.  Those who suffer from this phobia may avoid striking matches, lighters, barbeques and even campfires.

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


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