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Top 10 Most Unusual Phobias in The United States

A phobia is an irrational fear of an object, animal, color, etc. It is a type of anxiety disorder in which the patient has a relentless fear of a situation. People with phobia do everything possible to avoid a perceived danger, which is much higher in their minds than in real life. If the person confront his phobia, he/ she will suffer a huge distress, which can interfere with their normal functioning sometimes lead to total panic. For some people, even thinking about their phobia is highly distressing. Some phobias are more common than others, such as claustrophobia and agoraphobia, but there are also fears or aversions which are rare, inexplicable and even almost incredible.

There are countries that have reported infinity of phobias, but in the United States, there are almost as many phobias as objects, colors or emotions, so the list of all of them is immense. In industrialized nations, phobias are the most common type of anxiety disorder. More than 50 million people in the USA and 10 million in the UK are believed to live with a phobia. Phobias can affect persons of any age, sex, and socioeconomic status. So let’s see a new list in which you can find rare phobias that may make you smile at first, then feel how serious it is to those who suffer from them when you stop to think about it deeply.

10 Bromidrosiphobia

What forms this phobia is the uncontainable fear of scents and bodily odors, both pleasant and unpleasant. The people who suffer it show great anxiety when perceiving these smells in themselves and others.

9 Barophobia

Barophobia is the fear of gravity, which can manifest itself in two totally opposite ways: the fear of being crushed by gravity, and the fear that it will disappear and we will float in space.

8 Turophobia

Surely you have met people who hate cheese, either because of its taste or smell. But between hating and fearing it is a great gap. The phobia of cheese is known as Turophobia. Who suffers it could not see a piece of cheese without experiencing fear, terror or excessive repulsion. This unusual fear is associated with atrophic experience, regularly related to its intake. According to studies, this phobia may have certain degrees; some people panic when seeing or smelling any cheese, and others come to present anxiety before a particular kind of cheese.

7 Arabophobia

People who have this kind of phobia, are afraid of anything has an Arabic root, and always have a feeling to eliminate the Arab people. It has another names, “Anti-Arabism” or “Anti-Arab sentiment”. It dates to many terrorist events in some countries that people relate them to the Arab people; like 11 September event in the United States.

6 Anthrophobia

This phobia makes people who suffer from it have a terrible fear of flowers, whatever they are, feeling anxious and distressed just by seeing them.

5 Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia

This phobia is an irrational fear of 666; Something that, as you might imagine, is due to the number’s association with the diabolical. People who are suffering from this phobia cannot see this number in signs, books or any other place because they feel restless and must flee in haste.

4 Chrematophobia

This phobia’s existence is inconceivable. It is the phobia of money and wealth in general. It usually occurs in the times of economic crisis when it costs so much to earn money, so money eventually becomes something traumatic, and its appearance ends up destabilizing the emotional balance of the one affected with this phobia.

3 Euphobia

Fear of hearing good news. Almost all of us always want to hear good news, and we are afraid of bad news. But ironically, there are people who are afraid to hear good news and seem to be used to the negative aspects of life.

2 Ephebiphobia

It is a persistent, abnormal and unjustified fear of adolescents. It may seem a surprise to many, but the truth is that there are people in society who do not want to be close to the young, to the point that they move, vote against any project that could benefit them and even protest against them.

1 Pogonophobia

People who have developed this phobia have an irrational fear of the beard. Some people who suffer from this condition fear only the whiskers while others do not support a full beard.

As with any other phobia, symptoms vary depending on the person and his/ her level of fear; they typically include extreme anxiety, palpitations, sweating, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth and shortness of breath, among others. People with phobias often visit a doctor. In many cases, the doctor will suggest consulting a psychologist, psychiatrist, or therapist. These specialists can help those who suffer from phobias. Some people need to take medications to assist them managing their phobias, relaxation exercises are suitable for others as they keep their phobias under control. The first step to handle a phobia is to face it.

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