Saturday, July 21, 2012

Ophidiophobia: The Fear of Snakes

Ophidiophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of snakes.  This is a relatively common phobia that can have a significant impact on the quality of life. The most common cause of Ophidiophobia is a traumatic encounter with a snake.  This phobia is also known as Snakephobia.  Ophidiophobia is closely related to Herpetophobia, the fear of reptiles or creepy crawly things.
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 Ophidiophobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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