According to the American Psychiatric Association, a phobia is an irrational and excessive fear of an object or situation. In most cases, the phobia involves a sense of endangerment or a fear of harm. This list is just a few of the phobias that are especially particular to women and can have a serious impact on their lives. These are just few of the over 500 phobias that have been identified!
What Are You Afraid of?
- Achluophobia – Fear of darkness.
- Agraphobia – Fear of sexual abuse.
- Androphobia – Fear of men.
- Anuptaphobia – Fear of staying single.
- Arsonphobia – Fear of fire.
- Bibliophobia is the fear of books
- Cacophobia – Fear of ugliness.
- Chrematophobia is the fear of money
- Decidophobia is the fear of making decisions
- Eleutherophobia is the fear of knowledge
- Gamophobia – Fear of marriage.
- Genophobia – Fear of sex.
- Gerascophobia – Fear of growing old
- Glossophobia is the fear of speaking in public
- Hypegiaphobia is the fear of responsibility
- Kakorrharphobia is the fear of failure or defeat
- Lockiophobia – Fear of childbirth.
- Mechanophobia is the fear of machines
- Melanophobia – Fear of the color black.
- Necrophobia – Fear of death or dead things.
- Ophidiophobia – Fear of snakes
- Opthalmophobia is the fear of being stared at
- Peniaphobia is the fear of poverty
- Pentheraphobia – Fear of mother-in-law
- Phabdophobia is the fear of being severely punished or criticized
- Pocresophobia – Fear of gaining weight
- Quatophobia is the fear of being an insignificant and worthless person
- Socialphobia is the fear of social situations
- Venustraphobia – Fear of beautiful women.
- Wiccaphobia is the fear of witches
- Xenophobia is the fear of foreigners
- Zeusophobia is the fear of God or gods
On the causes of phobia, latest studies show that there is likely a complex interaction of factors including genetics, brain chemistry, environmental triggers and learned behavior. Treatment ranges from the use of self help advice to seeing therapists
For a longer list of phobias, the causes and treatment please go to the sites below