Monday, June 11, 2012

Nosophobia: The Fear of Becoming Ill

Nosophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of becoming ill.  This phobia is more common in students and researchers who spend a lot of time reading about diseases.  Nosophobia is often referred to as Medical Student’s disease and Cyberchondria.  Nosophobia is also known as Nosemaphobia.
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 Nosophobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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