Thursday, January 17, 2013

Patroiophobia: The Fear of Heredity or of Hereditary Diseases

Patroiophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of heredity or of hereditary diseases.  This phobia may be triggered in those who have a family history of cancer or other serious illnesses, especially if the illnesses have caused the death of family members.
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 Patroiophobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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