Phobophobia refers to the condition of
having an abnormal, extreme, and persistent fear of fears, phobias, or
the possibility of developing a phobia (extreme fear).
Extreme fears (phobias) such as phobophobia can
lead to a variety of disturbing symptoms such as: Breathlessness; difficulty
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 phobophobia (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 phobophobia 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
during the early stages of treatment. Other forms of treatment offered
may include hypnotherapy, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or other similar