Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Tetanophobia: The Fear of Lockjaw or Tetanus

Tetanophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of Lockjaw or Tetanus.  Tetanus, commonly known as Lockjaw, occurs when bacteria begins to grow in a wound that has been contaminated.  It is a serious bacterial disease that affects the muscles and nerves.
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 Tetanophobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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