Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Chiroptophobia: The Fear of Bats

Chiroptophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of bats.  The most common cause of this phobia are negative experiences involving bats such as being bit by one, especially if it has rabies.  Chiroptophobia is also associated with the dangers and fears of darkness and misinformation about bats.

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


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