Chromophobia – Fear of Colors
Chromophobia, also known as chromatophobia is a persistent, irrational fear of colors. A severe form of this phobia can hinder daily activities and can make life self limiting.
It can develop following a negative or traumatic event involving either a single or multiple colors.
Some people become sensitive to particular shades or tones. Others may prefer surroundings to be, as much as possible, free of colors.
Phobias occurring during growth period of a child are far less limiting compared to other phobias, and generally fade off with age, as the child matures.
Know Chromophobia Causes
Chromophobia is a rare type of phobia. People with chromophobia may correlate a distressing past event with a color.
Those with color-blindness could experience chromophobia as they have limited work opportunities as a result of their condition.
Phobias are a part of growing up, as in childhood. It is fairly normal for young children to have phobia of darkness.
A phobia produces severe anxiety & nervousness, apart from the fact that the object of fear often poses no real danger.
Phobias may take root in early childhood days or become a part of the psyche during adulthood. Nonetheless, phobias develop following an unpleasant experience linked to a feared object.
Identify Chromophobia Symptoms
Those afflicted with chromophobia react abnormally when interacting with colors they have a great disliking for.
They will display uneasiness or may panic if they realize that escaping from their source of distress is blocked.
Here are some of the chromophobia symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
Severity of a phobia may result in intense symptoms, especially when facing the feared object. One may even react with a full blown panic attack.
In some, chromophobia causes extreme symptoms where the phobic person starts to think that (due to the phobia) death is imminent.
Effective treatment for phobia involves methods and techniques that include systematic desensitization & exposure therapy.
Exposure therapy is a chromophobia treatment that permits the patient to get comfortably accustomed, step by step to his or her object of fear, in a controlled environment.
This process encourages a patient to learn habits that enable fear to be controlled. Gradually, the phobic learns the object of fear can cause no actual harm.