Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Christmas with Pyrophobia: The Fear of Fire

Once again it's that bittersweet time of the year for me. I love Christmas and all the decorations including the lights. This is an issue for the Pyrophobe in me. I'm nervous all year long about leaving appliances on, gas leaks and all that, but Christmas brings a new fear...all those lights on the Christmas tree and house. Every year you hear about tons of house fires that all started because of the Christmas lights. I'm not ashamed to admit that this totally freaks me out but I won't stop putting up my tree and all the lights, because that would be giving in to the phobia and well that's just not me.

I've come a long way since I began suffering from Pyrophobia when I was 16 years old. It doesn't control me the way it used to and there's only certain times that it makes me stress out I guess you could say. I'm able to control it by making sure that I stay in control. I don't leave lamps on, Christmas lights or any appliance on when I leave the house and I periodically check everything around the house to make sure it's all working correctly. I'm cautious and I try to stay alert about everything. This is how I deal and some may still not understand, but I stopped caring a long time ago.

Do certain holidays trigger your phobias?

Monday, December 2, 2013

Touloungeaphobia: The Fear of Tongues

Touloungeaphobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of tongues.  Some with this phobia have a fear of swallowing their own tongue.  Those who suffer from Touloungeaphobia can’t stand to be licked and French kissing is most likely out of the question.  This phobia can be very debilitating.  How would you feel if you were deathly afraid of something that was an important part of your body?
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 Touloungeaphobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?

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