Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Osmophobia: The Fear of Smells and Odors

Osmophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of smells and odors.  This a common phobia among migraine sufferers because migraines are most often triggered by foul or strong odors.  Osmophobia is also known as Osphresiophobia. 
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 Osmophobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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