3:34 pm - Saturday November 22, 2014

Anthophobia: Fear of Flowers


What is anthophobia?

Anthophobia is an extreme and illogical fear of flowers. In Greek, the word ‘antho’ is Anthophobia - Fear of flowersflower and ‘phobos’ means fear.

The sufferers know they face no threat from flowers but their fear leans more towards an immense fearful feeling or psychological irritation from sight or thought of flowers.

Symptoms of Anthophobia for You

Anthophobic people tend to suffer symptoms that are found in similar type of phobias.

People affected with this phobia can, from presence or even with thoughts of flowers, experience symptoms.

Here is a list for Symptoms of Anthophobia:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Dread
  • Panic attacks
  • Dizziness
  • Trembling
  • Dry mouth
  • Difficulty in thinking or speaking clearly

People experience anthophobia symptoms in their own unique ways and may suffer these symptoms separately or in different combinations.

Causes of Anthophobia

As with other fears and phobias, due to past traumatic experience, flower fear can be a creation of the subconscious mind as a form of protective mechanism.

However, exact causes of anthophobia are yet not clearly understood. Nonetheless, it is observed that experiencing certain trauma or event at some point of life with the object of fear is related in some way.

Those with this condition usually have strong negative thoughts associated with flowers which may be due to frightening or unpleasant event involving flowers.

Due to such associations, the sufferer’s rational thinking process goes out of track and gets trapped in a situation resulting from his or her own negative perceptions & thoughts.

Know About Treatments of Anthophobia

A wide range of treatments including therapies, medications and relaxation techniques are available for people with anthophobia.

Anti-anxiety medicines are often used in conjunction with therapies as treatments of anthophobia. Other methods such as relaxation techniques also help relieve symptoms.

Psychotherapy, involves resolving the phobia by talking with a therapist.  Cognitive therapy focuses on gradually changing unwanted habits and negative thinking patterns.

Behavioral therapy involves inculcating positive behaviors and phasing out unwanted negative behaviors.

Research has conclusively shown that phobias can be treated through exposure therapy (a type of behavioral therapy) that exposes the sufferer to the feared object in a controlled way to gradually relieve anxiety associated with the object.

Related posts:

  1. Achluophobia: Fear of Darkness
  2. Acrophobia: Fear of Heights

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