Thursday, February 23, 2012

Herpetophobia: The Fear of Reptile or Creepy Crawly Things

Herpetophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of reptiles or creepy crawly things. Those who suffer from this phobia are most commonly afraid of lizards and snakes.
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 Herpetophobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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