What is your irrational phobia

These are the ten most bizarre anxiety disorders

Many people know claustrophobia or disgust for spiders. If this results in real fear and concrete fear of something, it is called a phobia. There are hundreds of them. We have listed ten very unusual ones.

Whether it is justified or not, it does not matter for those affected by a phobia, because the mental disorder can be very stressful. The ten phobias presented here are far less common than fear of spiders (arachnophobia) or fear of heights (acrophobia). In all of them, those affected suffer excessively from fear of things that people without an anxiety disorder feel fear or fear to a much lesser extent or at all. In doing so, the affected people sometimes realize that their fear is unfounded.

1. Paraskavedecatriaphobia

Friday the 13th is uncomfortable for many people. (Source: Blickwinkel / imago images)

Usually the fear of Friday the 13th is more of a superstition. But if you are extremely afraid of unhappiness on this day, you may suffer from this anxiety disorder. The almost unpronounceable name is probably just as unsuitable for people who are afraid of foreign words. It is derived from the Greek terms "Paraskeue" (Friday), "Dekatria" (thirteen) and "Phobos" (fear).

2. Pentheraphobia

The pathological fear of the mother-in-law is far worse than not being able to suffer the mother of the partner. (Source: Creatista / Thinkstock by Getty-Images)

Many people have trouble with their mother-in-law. But if the fear of the family member is a phobia, an announced visit to the mother of the partner becomes hell. An irrational fear then triggers naked panic even at the thought of the mother-in-law. Meetings with her are avoided.

3. Ice optrophobia

The look in the mirror is unbearable for ice optrophobics. (Source: Jetrel / Thinkstock by Getty-Images)

Everyone knows days when you don't want to see yourself in the mirror. However, people who suffer from ice optrophobia have extreme and permanent fear of mirrors. Those affected get sweats and shortness of breath when looking at a mirror. Even if they know they don't have to be afraid of the object. The fear that the mirror could show them a view of a strange world is too great.

4. Belonophobia

Pointed needles - a disgust for people suffering from belonophobia. (Source: Tuned_In / Thinkstock by Getty-Images)

With belonophobia, those affected are afraid of needles. But it's not just the fear of being stung or being stung that becomes a disorder. Everything that has to do with needles (sewing or pin cushions) is avoided as much as possible. The fear of sharp or cutting objects such as scissors, knives or forks has its own name and is called aichmophobia.

5. Cathisophobia

The fear of sitting down can also become a psychological problem. (Source: Big Cheese Photo / Thinkstock by Getty-Images)

The cathisophobia belongs to the specific phobias and describes the pathologically exaggerated fear of sitting down. This does not mean the act of sitting down, but sitting still itself is frightening. Those affected suffer from accelerated heartbeat, shortness of breath and panic attacks when they sit for long periods of time. It also plays a role in the fact that those affected are afraid of getting dirty while sitting or not being able to escape quickly enough if they have to.

6. Coulrophobia

Clowns with make-up do not only scare children. (Source: Blickwinkel / imago images)

Coulrophobia is the pathological fear of clowns. Not only children are affected, adults too. The fear is often justified with the clown's unrecognizable make-up face. If the person does not see the facial features of his counterpart, he feels uncomfortable. The painted smile and the mechanical movements are also unsettling. The fear of the evil clown is also supported by popular characters in film and literature, such as in the fall of 2017 in the remake of Stephen King's "It" with the clown Pennywise.

7. Geliophobia

Laughter is unbearable for people with gelophobia. (Source: Branislav Ostojic / Thinkstock by Getty-Images)

This anxiety disorder describes a specific phobia of laughter or laughter. You are afraid of other people's laughter (assumption: people are laughing at you) and of your own laughter. With the latter, it is feared that laughter is a sin or indecent.

8. Xanthophobia

A nightmare for certain phobics: a completely yellow room. (Source: eshma / Thinkstock by Getty-Images)

Xanthophobia describes the pathological fear of the color yellow. Regardless of whether it is a piece of clothing, a canary or a wall color: yellow does not come in the bag. With this anxiety disorder, sufferers avoid even the thought of yellow or utter the word "yellow". Yellow, which symbolically stands for a warning signal, for example at traffic lights in football as a map, or in nature for a wasp, can play a role here.

9. Trypophobia

For some a delicacy, for others a horror: artificial holes in a chocolate. (Source: Alleko / Thinkstock by Getty-Images)

This term denotes the fear of the accumulation of irregular holes. In Greek "Trypa" means hole, "Phobos" means fear. Trypophobia is a major internet phenomenon in 2017, but unlike the other phobias, it is not yet a recognized medical diagnosis. Some researchers even claim that the phenomenon was only caused by the Internet. Those affected report nausea, itching and shortness of breath when looking at the corresponding images.

10. Phobophobia

Quite a few phobics are very withdrawn. (Source: Marc Bruxelles / Thinkstock by Getty-Images)

If you think there is nothing more serious, then you are not familiar with the phobophobia, the “fear of fear.” If phobias are usually directed against certain things or situations, the phobophobia refers to oneself, namely a fear of the expected state of fear A vicious cycle that regularly puts those affected into states of internal tension, as they expect symptoms of anxiety to occur. Because these are perceived as very threatening and inevitable, those affected often get into a cycle that quickly increases to an intense state of anxiety or a panic attack. Not few phobophobes withdraw into social isolation.

If your everyday life is affected by an anxiety disorder, do not be ashamed but seek medical advice from a doctor who can help you.

Important NOTE: The information is in no way a substitute for professional advice or treatment by trained and recognized doctors. The contents of t-online cannot and must not be used to independently make diagnoses or start treatments.

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