The ineffable dread of the nightmare is concerned with one thing: being suffocated, smothered, stifled. To paraphrase the definition of the Oxford English Dictionary, the name was first applied to a female monster that settled on the sleeper and produced suffocation. Read more
Signs and symptoms
Claustrophobia is classified as a mental and behavioral disorder, specifically an anxiety disorder. Symptoms generally develop during childhood or adolescence. Claustrophobia is typically thought to have one key symptom: fear of suffocation.
Anthropophobia is the fear of people. It is not a formal clinical diagnosis. Many experts view the condition as a specific phobia. People with anthropophobia feel intense fear or anxiety at the thought of being around other people.
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Thalassophobia is a type of specific phobia that involves a persistent and intense fear of deep bodies of water such as the ocean or sea.
Coulrophobia is the abnormal fear of clowns.
Lilapsophobia, or fear of tornadoes and hurricanes, can be seen as a more severe form of astraphobia, or fear of thunder and lightning. If you suffer from lilapsophobia, it is not the average summer storm that you fear, but the possibility of that storm becoming severe.
New research has revealed that the red nose and face-painting traditionally associated with clowns may have its origins in science. Psychologist Richard Wiseman of the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom used highly sensitive infrared imagers to observe people as they laughed at jokes and video clips.
Definition of glossophobia
: fear of public speaking In anticipation of speaking in public, a person with glossophobia can experience a dry mouth, weak voice and uncontrollable body shaking.—
Pseudodysphagia, or the fear of choking, is sometimes confused with phagophobia, or the fear of swallowing. Although both conditions involve the act of swallowing, the difference is in the precise nature of the fear.
Herpetophobia is a fear of reptiles, specifically snakes and lizards. The severity of this relatively common specific phobia can vary drastically, making it difficult to decide without guidance from a mental health professional whether you have a clinical phobia or simply a fear.
The major clown organizations recognize three types of clowns for their competitions. They are Whiteface, Auguste, and Tramp. For costume competition, they include a fourth category, character clown.
Ronald is arguably the most famous clown of all time.
It was billed as the first and only professional school in the world devoted exclusively to training its students in the art of circus clowning. Clown College, which begins its 1995 session this August and is now located in Baraboo, Wis., has graduated more than 1,250 clowns in its 27-year history.
Like many phobias, lilapsophobia is caused by an unwanted experience, specifically tornadoes or hurricanes that cause injuries, destruction, or loss of loved ones to self or others they know.
Limnophobia (fear of lakes), chionophobia (fear of snow) and cryophobia (fear of extreme cold). The most effective treatment for phobias is prolonged exposure therapy. For those of you living in Minnesota, consider it free treatment.
Megalophobia is a type of anxiety disorder in which a person experiences intense fear of large objects. A person with megalophobia experiences intense fear and anxiety when they think of or are around large objects such as large buildings, statues, animals and vehicles.
megalohydrothalassophobia (fear of large underwater creatures or objects) cymophobia (fear of waves)