Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Spheksophobia: The Fear of Wasps


Spheksophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of wasps.  This phobia is closely related to Apiphobia, the fear of bees.  Spheksophobia can be caused by the fear of an allergic reaction if stung or being stung before.  This phobia can also be caused by seeing someone being stung by wasps.

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

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