Phobophobia is a phobia defined as the fear of phobias, or the fear of fear, including intense anxiety and unrealistic and persistent fear of the somatic sensations and the feared phobia ensuing. This phobia can also be defined as the fear of developing a phobia. Phobophobia is related to anxiety disorders and panic attacks directly linked to other types of phobias, such as agoraphobia. When a patient has developed this phobia, their condition might be diagnosed and treated as part of anxiety disorders. The patient suffering from this phobia is not afraid of this phobia therefore, preventing a paradox.
This phobia is mainly linked with internal predispositions. It is developed by the unconscious mind which is linked to an event in which phobia was experienced with emotional trauma and stress, which are closely linked to anxiety disorders and by forgetting and recalling the initiating trauma. Phobophobia might develop from other phobia. The extreme fear towards the other phobia may lead the patient to believe that his condition can develop into something worse, intensifying the effects of the other phobia by fearing it. In addition, phobophobia can be developed when anxiety disorders aren’t treated, forming an extreme predisposition to other phobias. The development of this phobia can also be attributed to characteristics of the patient itself, such as phylogenetic influence, the prepotency of certain stimuli, individual genetic inheritance, sex incidence, age incidence, personality background, cultural influence inside and outside of the family, physiological variables, and biochemical factors. Phobophobia shares the symptoms of many other anxiety disorders, and more specifically panic attacks and generalized anxiety disorder.
Some symptoms include, dizziness, sweating, heart pounding, slight paresthesia, tension, faintness, angst, avoidance, loss of bowel movement, loss of all bowel control, an excess of perspiration in ear, nose, and throat, and the alienation of close friends and/or family.
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