Sunday, February 12, 2012

Rhypophobia: The Fear of Defecation

Rhypophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of defecation, filth or of being soiled.  This phobia may be related to fears of contamination and germs.  Those who suffer from Rhypophobia may also have a fear of public restrooms.
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 Rhypophobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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