Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Gerontophobia: The Fear of the Elderly or of Growing Old

Gerontophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of the elderly or of growing old. This is an extreme fear dislike or hatred of the elderly.  Gerontophobia is also known as Gerascophobia.
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 Gerontophobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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