Amathophobia

What is Amathophobia?


Amathophobia is the fear of dust. The origin of the word amatho is Greek (meaning sand or dust) and phobia is Greek (meaning fear). Amathophobia is considered to be a specific phobia, which is discussed on the home page. People who have Amathophobia tend to also fear germs and keep their surrounding very clean. Amathophobia is also related to Spermatophobia (fear of germs) and Mysophobia and Misophobia (fear of dirt or germs or being contaminated with dirt or germs).


What are the causes?


It is generally accepted that phobias arise from a combination of external events (i.e. traumatic events) and internal predispositions (i.e. heredity or genetics). Many specific phobias can be traced back to a specific triggering event, usually a traumatic experience at an early age. Social phobias and agoraphobia have more complex causes that are not entirely known at this time. It is believed that heredity, genetics, and brain chemistry combine with life-experiences to play a major role in the development of phobias. (Wikipedia - phobia).


What are the symptoms?


As with any phobia, the symptoms vary by person depending on their level of fear. The symptoms typically include extreme anxiety, dread and anything associated with panic such as shortness of breath, rapid breathing, irregular heartbeat, sweating, excessive sweating, nausea, dry mouth, nausea, inability to articulate words or sentences, dry mouth and shaking.


Can I take medicine?


Medicine can be prescribed, but please note that these medications can have side effects and/or withdrawal systems that can be severe. It is also important to note that medicines do not cure phobias, at best they only temporarily suppress the systems. However, there are treatments for phobias, which include counseling, hypnotherapy, psychotherapy, and Neuro-Linguistic programming. Please click on the tab at the top of the page called “Treatments” to find out more information on these types of treatments.




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