Androphobia refers to the condition of
having an abnormal, extreme, and persistent fear of men. Related terms
include "gynephobia" (fear of women) and "pedophobia"
(fear of babies and children).
Extreme fears (phobias) such as androphobia
can lead to a variety of disturbing symptoms such as: Breathlessness;
difficulty in thinking or speaking clearly; dizziness; dry mouth; fear
of dying, "going mad" or losing control; feeling sick; inability
to concentate, inability to make usually-simple decisions, nausea; palpitations,
shaking; sweating profusely; or a severe anxiety attack. Not all sufferers
are affected by all possible symptoms, and some individuals may also have
Even though many adult sufferers of androphobia
(and/or other fears/phobias) are aware that their fears are unreasonable,
many still experience severe anxiety even when just thinking about the
subject or situation they fear. However, phobias such as androphobia
are a known form of anxiety disorder that may be treated conventionally
using cognitive behavioral therapy including exposure and fear reduction
techniques. Drugs may also be offered, typically anti-anxiety or anti-depressants
- particularly during the early stages of treatment. Other forms of treatment
offered may include hypnotherapy, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or
other similar therapies.