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Don’t Dismiss Halloween Fears and Phobias

For many people, the spooky decorations, haunted houses, and fright nights that come with Halloween provide a healthy dose of chills and thrills. But for some people, Halloween can set off fears and phobias, which may be the result of a traumatic or stressful incident that began in childhood.

Here are 10-Halloween-related phobias:

  1. Arachnophobia – Fear of spiders
  2. Bogyphobia – Fear of the bogeyman
  3. Chiroptophobia – Fear of bats
  4. Coulrophobia – Fear of clowns (Yes, I have my hand raised!)
  5. Lupophobia – Fear of wolves and werewolves
  6. Kinemortophobia – The fear of zombies
  7. Phasmophobia
  8. Fear of ghosts
  9. Samhainophobia – Fear of Halloween
  10. Skelephobia – Fear of skeletons
  11. Wiccaphobia – Fear of witches

 

When does a fear become a phobia?

When a fear becomes irrational or is disabling, it is classified as a phobia. According to Healthline.com, 19 million Americans have at least one phobia that interferes with their lives.

People with phobias may experience symptoms that can range from dizziness, shortness of breath or panic attacks. If the fear you are experiencing has become a preoccupation or completely overwhelming your life you should seek help from a mental health professional.

 

 

References

Psych Central

https://pro.psychcentral.com/dsm-5-changes-anxiety-disorders-phobias/

 

FearOf.net.

https://www.fearof.net/ Top 100 Phobias

 

Healthline

https://www.healthline.com/health/phobia-simple-specific