Thursday, March 29, 2012

Microbiophobia: The Fear of Microbes

Microbiophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of microbes.  This phobia is also known as Bacillophobia.  Microbiophobia is closely related to Mysophobia, the fear of contamination, dirt or germs.
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 Microbiophobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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