Friday, February 24, 2012

Psellismophobia: The Fear of Stuttering

Psellismophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of stuttering.  This fear can be triggered by an embarrassing moment where a person was made fun of for stuttering.  Psellismophobia is closely related to Laliophobia, the fear of speaking.
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 Psellismophobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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