Thursday, January 5, 2012

Bacillophobia: The Fear of Microbes

Bacillophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of microbes.  This phobia is closely related to Mysophobia, the fear of contamination, dirt or germs and Bacteriophobia, the fear of bacteria and germs.

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


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