Thursday, September 12, 2013

Scoleciphobia: The Fear of Worms

Scoleciphobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of worms. Those with this phobia may also fear caterpillars, maggots, grubs or even tapeworms.  Scoleciphobes don’t like to go outside after it rains because the worms and other critters will be out and more visible.  They may also dislike being in or near a garden.  Severe cases of the phobia may cause the person to fear being infected by worms.  This phobia may be caused by an extreme dislike of worms that eventually becomes a phobia.  Scoleciphobia comes from the Greek word skolex, means worm, maggot and grub.  It is also known as Vermiphobia.
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 Scoleciphobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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