There are actually a good number of people who do not believe until now that there is such thing or condition as fear of phobias.
Well, those people may believe it or not, but fear of phobias or simply called as phobophobia is really existing and is presently afflicting a lot of people all around the world.
In real sense, phobophobia is the fear of phobias.
Normally, the person with phobophobia has no phobic disorder at all not until he or she started to think about of having one, eventually having the usual phobic symptoms as well.
Typically, the person with phobophobia, like the person with nyctophobia or fear of the dark or of night, is overtaken or overruled by paranoia, but this time paranoia associated with having or acquiring a phobic disorder of whatever type.
Symptoms of Phobophobia
Phobophobia, like most types of phobias, comes with some degrading symptoms such as nausea, breathlessness, speech and thinking problems, dizziness, excessive sweating, feeling sick, shaking, heart palpitations, and fear of dying.
In some rare cases, if the fear gets more severe, some other symptoms may also take place. Symptoms like immediate loss of control or temperament, full blown anxiety or panic attack, and sense of detachment from reality.
Possible Causes of Phobophobia
According to some studies, a phobia like phobophobia may have actually evolved from some brain irregularities or otherwise chemical imbalance.
At times, it’s also said that phobophobia may have evolved from some distorted thoughts, particularly about phobias and what they can cause. TV shows, magazines and articles about how bad it is to have a phobia may have also contributed in a way. Not to mention, the talks about phobias, listening to them seemed really frightening and horrible.
Treatments for Phobophobia
Possible treatments for phobophobia typically include hypnotherapy, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) hypnotherapy, energy psychology, and medications. In hypnotherapy, your subconscious “programs” are reprogram to eventually get rid of those stuff that may be part of your fear.
In neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) hypnotherapy, your fears are minimized and often eliminated through reprogramming your so-called “constructs”. In energy psychology, you are allowed to combine the benefits of the earlier mentioned treatment therapies – the hypnotherapy and the neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) hypnotherapy.
Medication on the other hand, are used along with the therapies, most specially if there are high instances of anxiety or panic attacks.