Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Atephobia: The Fear of Ruin or Ruins

Atephobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of ruin or ruins.  Those who suffer from this phobia may fear being ruined financially or socially or they may fear the ruins caused by a natural disaster such as an earthquake, hurricane or fire.

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


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