Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Nostophobia: The Fear of Returning Home

Nostophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of returning home.  This phobia is closely related to Damatophobia, the fear of houses and Ecophobia, Oecaphobia and Oikophobia, which all mean the fear of houses, home surroundings and being in a house.
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 Nostophobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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