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10 Unreasonable Phobias that you Might Have

Phobias are irrational fear of objects or situations. The symptoms of phobias include increased heart rate, trembling, chills and sweating. Take a look at the 10 unreasonable phobias that you might have.

Mental Health By Himanshu Sharma / Apr 19, 2014

Unreasonable Phobias

Phobias, or panic reactions, are irrational fear of objects or situations; yhey can cause anxiety in anyone. The symptoms of phobias include increased heart rate, trembling, chills, shortness of breath and sweating. (Image source:Getty)


The fear of being judged negatively in social situations is referred to as sociaphobia or social phobia. Anxiety about public speaking, performance and interviews are some common examples of sociaphobia. Affected people have a fear of being embarrassed or humiliated for their own actions. (Image source:Getty)


Obesophobia, the fear of becoming fat, is on the rise these days. People with this phobia desire to stay thin or lose weight. They may fall for life-threatening disorders such as anorexia and bulimia. (Image source:Getty)


The fear of the dark is also referred to as nyctophobia. The phobia is common but short-lived in children. Those with this phobia are reluctant to go out at night and if they do step out, they’re likely to experience an increased heart rate, shivering and can even feel ill. (Image source:Getty)


Nomophobia (no-mobile) is the fear of being out of mobile phone or the fear of being out of mobile phone coverage. For them, a phone is more than a device. The studies have found that more and more people are getting addicted to their phones; they keep checking their phones for mails, conversations and for shopping too. (Image source:Getty)


The fear of enclosed or confined spaces is called claustrophobia. Fear of having a panic attack, in situations such as being in elevators, trains or aircraft are some of the common examples. Those with this fear may find it difficult to breathe in closed spaces. (Image source:Getty)


Some people have the fear of walking down the stairs, also known as climacophobia. They tend to check the building for elevators or even walk down backwards. Walking down the stairs can make them dizzy; they may faint just by looking at the staircase. (Image source:Getty)


Necrophobia is the fear of death or dead things. Those with this fear are afraid of things related to death, such as coffins and graveyards. The phobia may not affect one’s life as much as other phobias, but can create an uncomfortable atmosphere and experience for the sufferers. (Image source:Getty)


Mysophobia is the fear of germs or dirt. Those with the phobia feel a constant need to clean and wash and bathe as they believe that they are contaminated with germs. You will always see them heading to the washroom to clean themselves up. (Image source:Getty)


Aviophobia is the fear of flying or a fear of air travel. It can cause a significant proportion of the public to feel anxiety owing to a fear of closed in spaces such as that of an aircraft cabin, a fear of heights (acrophobia), previous traumatizing experiences while in flight and a fear of turbulence. (Image source:Getty)


Acrophobia is the fear of heights. Acrophobia is often confused with vertigo, a condition that causes dizziness when one looks down from a great height. The fear of heights is accompanied by rapid heart beat, nausea and panic attacks. (Image source:Getty)


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