Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Which one are you?

Specific Phobias List and Descriptions
A complete phobias list would be impossible, as it is possible to have a specific phobia of virtually anything in the world. Nonetheless, some specific phobias are more common than others. Look here for a detailed phobias list with in-depth descriptions.

Aquaphobia, or fear of water, can be devastating. Without treatment, it could lead to numerous other fears, isolation and even depression.

Hemophobia, or fear of blood, is a common specific phobia. Unlike most specific phobias, it can lead to low blood pressure and even fainting.

Cynophobia, or fear of dogs, is extremely common.

Roller Coaster Phobia
Roller coaster phobia is surprisingly common, a fact that may seem unlikely these days, as theme parks compete to build "bigger, faster, and more extreme" coasters.

Claustrophobia and Medical Procedures
Claustrophobia can be life-limiting in many ways, but perhaps the most dangerous is the possible impact on necessary health care. Here is a look at the risks and ways of coping with claustrophobia and medical procedures.

Siderodromophobia, or fear of trains, is relatively uncommon. However, some believe that it is simply underreported. The 2009 crashes of the DC Metro and the Walt Disney World monorail may cause reported siderodromophobia cases to escalate. Learn more about this unique phobia.

Aerophobia, or fear of flying, is a relatively common but potentially devastating phobia. Learn some causes of aerophobia and how it is generally treated.

Mageirocophobia, or fear of cooking, can be divided into many types. Suffering from one or more types is relatively common, although a more severe phobia may encompass virtually all types.

Cibophobia, or fear of food, is a relatively common but highly devastating phobia.

Dentophobia, or fear of dentists, is incredibly common. It can become problematic, though, when it leads you to avoid needed dental treatments.

Kleptophobia, or fear of theft, actually describes two distinct phobias. One is the fear of stealing, while the other is the fear of being stolen from. Read on for more on these often overlapping phobias.

Emetophobia, or fear of vomiting, is surprisingly common, though little discussed. The fear may be caused by many different factors, and can have devastating consequences for sufferers.

Climacophobia, or fear of climbing, can be complicated to diagnose. It may be linked to several other phobias, including acrophobia and bathmophobia.

Bathmophobia, or fear of stairs and slopes, can be tricky to diagnose. Symptoms are shared with a range of other disorders, such as fear of heights, fear of climbing and medical vertigo.

Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia, or fear of the number 666, is surprisingly common. Shrouded in religious belief, the fear can be quite pervasive.

Bromidrophobia, or fear of body odors, can be largely traced to the current obsession with cleanliness.

Ornithophobia, or fear of birds, is relatively common. However, the symptoms and severity can vary widely.

Illyngophobia, or fear of vertigo, may be related to acrophobia, or fear of heights. However, those with illyngophobia do not fear the height itself.

Lilapsophobia, or fear of tornadoes and hurricanes, is related to astraphobia, or fear of storms. However, those with lilapsophobia worry that the storm will turn severe.

Pediophobia, or fear of dolls, may take many forms. Some people are afraid of all dolls, while others fear only specific types.

Although full blown automatonophobia, or fear of humanoid figures, is rare, a certain level of nervousness is common.

Stage Fright
Stage fright is a subset of glossophobia, or fear of public speaking. It affects performers of all walks of life, from kids in school to professional actors.

Maskaphobia, or fear of masks, can take several different forms. Some people are afraid only of horror masks, while others fear even costumed characters.

The fear of death is ancient and primal. However, not all thanatophobia is the same.

It is normal and prudent to take precautions against germs. However, mysophobia, or the fear of germs, takes normal caution to an extreme.

Glossophobia, or the fear of public speaking, is surprisingly common. Unfortunately, it can also be extremely life-limiting. H

Although relatively uncommon, the fear of bathing can have devastating consequences. Social isolation and trouble at work or school are not uncommon in those with ablutophobia.

Astraphobia, or the fear of thunder and lightning, is especially common in children; however, it can affect people of any age.

The fear of snakes is relatively common, and over time it can become life-limiting.

Phasmaphobia, or the fear of ghosts, is a somewhat controversial phobia. Possibly related to the fear of death and shrouded in religious belief, this fear is thought by some to be symptomatic of disordered thinking.

The fear of doctors is surprisingly common. However, it is sometimes hard to distinguish a full-blown phobia from normal anxiety.

Doomsday Phobias
Doomsday phobias are a relatively broad category that can encompass a wide range of more specific phobias. Any phobia that involves fear of the end of the world could be classified as a doomsday phobia.

Who can forget Robin Williams as John Keating, encouraging his students to rip out the textbook pages on grading poetry? The film Dead Poets Society illustrated one of the main reasons that many fear poetry.

Megalophobia can be generally defined as the fear of large objects. This fear may be specific to large animals, ships or other items, or may be more generalized. Megalophobia is often exploited in Halloween events such as Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 2008.

Bibliophobia is a relatively uncommon phobia that involves the fear of books. You may be afraid of all books or only those of a certain style or genre.

Herpetophobia, or fear of reptiles, is relatively common around the world. As such, it is often exploited by Halloween events such as Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 2008.

Fear of the dark is common in children, and often passes as they mature. If it persists for more than six months, fear of the dark should be professionally treated, as it can become crippling in older children and adults.

Triskaidekaphobia, or fear of the number 13, is an ancient phobia. Yet some experts believe that is should not be considered a phobia at all.

Acrophobia is the fear of heights. It is more general than aerophobia (fear of flying), and is not the same thing as vertigo.

Arachnophobia is one of the most common specific phobias. Experts are not yet sure what causes this phobia, but many feel that it may have evolved as an ancient survival mechanism.

Placophobia, or fear of cemetery tombstones, is generally related to necrophobia, or fear of death. It is not unusual to become nervous in cemeteries, funeral homes or other places related to the dead. However, when a fear of cemetery tombstones or other hallmarks of death becomes unmanageable, it can turn into a phobia.

Claustrophobia is the fear of enclosed spaces. This disorder can be quite life-limiting, leading sufferers to avoid activities from MRIs to roller coasters.

Clown Phobia
Coulrophobia, or fear of clowns, seems pervasive in our society. Yet very little scientific research has been performed. How can something that seems so innocent be a source of such terror?

Fear of Space
Astrophobia, or fear of space, is a relatively common phobia. It may take different forms, from fear of aliens to fear of space exploration.

Fears of Failure and Success
Fear of failure and success are related conditions that can prevent you from reaching your full potential.

Hyponchondriasis, or hypochondria, is an often-misunderstood disorder. It is not technically a phobia, but shares many of the same symptoms.

Mythophobia, or fear of folklore legends and stories, is a fairly common specific phobia. The phobia is often used in horror films and Halloween events, generally in a stylized manner.

Trypanophobia, or fear of needles, is a relatively common phobia. It affects an estimated 10% of Americans. The phobia is unusual, as it can cause low blood pressure and fainting rather than fast heart rate and panic.


Storms are natural phenomena that tend to inspire strong emotions in both humans and animals. Some love to watch them, sitting in the doorway or by the window as the thunder and lightning crash all around. Some even choose to go outside, taking what many would consider an unhealthy risk in order to play in the rain. At the opposite extreme, both humans and animals may develop astraphobia, or a fear of thunder and lightning.

Symptoms of Astraphobia

Astraphobia can cause some symptoms that are similar to those of other phobias, as well as some that are unique. Sweating, shaking and crying may occur during a thunderstorm or even just before one begins. You may seek constant reassurance during the storm. Symptoms are often heightened when you are alone.

Additionally, many people with astraphobia seek shelter beyond normal protection from the storm. For example, you may hide under the covers or even under the bed. You may go to the basement, an inside room (such as a bathroom) or even a closet. You may close the curtains and attempt to block out the sounds of the storm.

Another fairly common symptom is obsession with weather forecasts. You may find yourself glued to the Weather Channel during the rainy season or tracking storms online. You may develop an inability to go about activities outside your home without first checking the weather reports. In extreme cases, astraphobia can eventually lead to agoraphobia, or fear of leaving your home.

Astraphobia in Children

Astraphobia is extremely common in children and should not be immediately recognized as a phobia. Since fears are a normal part of development, phobias are not diagnosed in children unless they persist for six months or more.

Try to soothe your child’s fears by remaining calm yourself. If you are scared of storms, your child will pick up on your nervousness. Use a combination of reassurance and distraction to help your child cope. Some parents find that a planned rainy day routine, such as popcorn and movies or board games, can help by giving the child something to look forward to.

Of course, if the fear is severe and inconsolable, or if it lasts longer than six months, it is important to seek treatment. Over time, a child’s fear of storms could become a full-blown, difficult-to-treat phobia in adulthood.

Treatment of Astraphobia

Cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques are often used in astraphobia treatment. You may be taught soothing messages to repeat during storms, replacing your negative self-talk. You may be taught visualization exercises that you can use to calm your fears.

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Yup .. Something to ponder upon as now memang MUSIM HUJAN and sentiasa ada kilat.

What i will do is that .. Masuk bilik .. tarik selimut and tidur ..

Or .. if worse .. pergi kat kawasan TV and sleep coz kawasan TV x ada tingkap ..


Afieeeeeeeeeee ! said...

Tak caye kakak takut kilat :?

waNny said...

:) I never show :p

Tapi kalau kilat kakak mesti tidur

yusz` said...

i was AEROPHOBIA! ahhaha.. tp skarang dah ok.. KOTTT :D