Thursday, February 9, 2012

Ornithophobia: The Fear of Birds

Ornithophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of birds.  Those who suffer from this phobia may only fear big birds such as vultures or they may fear all birds even parakeets.  Ornithophobia may be caused by a traumatic experience with an aggressive bird.
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 Ornithophobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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