Friday, September 6, 2013

Pharmacophobia: The Fear of Taking Medicine

Pharmacophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of taking medicine.  This phobia can have a significant impact on the quality of life and can even cause death because those who suffer from Pharmacophobia will not take any kind of medicine, prescribed or over-the-counter, no matter how sick they are.  Pharmacophobia may be caused by having a serious allergic reaction to a medication.
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 Pharmacophobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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