Apiphobia refers to the condition of
having an abnormal, extreme, and persistent fear of bees. Sufferers may
have an extreme fear of being attacked by bees - even if they rationally
agree that this is unlikely to occur. Apiphobia is also
called melissophobia, because"melissa" is another
Greek word for bee.
Extreme fears (phobias) such as apiphobia
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; nausea;
palpitations, shaking; sweating profusely; or a full blown anxiety attack.
Not all sufferers are affected by all possible symptoms, and some individuals
may also have other reactions.
Even though many adult sufferers of apiphobia
(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 apiphobia
are a relatively common form of anxiety disorder and 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.