Thursday, January 19, 2012

Entomophobia: The Fear of Insects

Entomophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of insects.  Those who suffer from this Phobia constantly clean and spray pesticides.  They may also seal off doors and windows.  Entomophobia is also known as Entophobia.  Similar phobias include Acarophobia, the fear of itching or insects that cause itching, Arachnophobia, the fear of spiders and Scabiophobia, the fear of scabies.
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 Entomophobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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