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Coulrophobia – Fear of Clowns

Coulrophobia – Fear of Clowns

If you have an irrational, persistent & overwhelming feeling of fear when faced by clowns Coulrophobia Symptomsor related images, you have coulrophobia.

Children often admit about their strong fear of clowns. Many children have a great dislike for clowns and acknowledge that their looks are actually very frightening.

Know Coulrophobia Causes

Clowns are most often feared by young children. They may become scared by people with face paint or a mask.

Such fear of strange looking people is only too common that fades away with age. In case such a fear persists, coulrophobia may result.

Many coulrophobics seem embarrassed in displaying their fear or talk about it as they believe that they alone sufferer from this condition. A deep rooted fear since childhood can reflect even in adults who express an abnormal fear for clowns.

Experts believe that coulrophobia is in most cases associated with a traumatic event or negative experience in the past (mostly during early childhood) involving an encounter with clown.

Identify Coulrophobia Symptoms

Symptoms are often very apparent and severe. Coulrophobia can make one react in abnormal ways as it is a debilitating type of fear.

Here are some of the coulrophobia symptoms:

  • Feeling of dread
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Profuse sweating
  • Nausea
  • Dry mouth
  • Screaming
  • Crying

Coulrophobia causes people to become angry when they are unexpectedly placed in a situation where they have to face clowns.

In cases with severe form of this phobia, a coulrophobic person will display extreme nervousness or even suffer a full blown panic attack.

An image or mere thought associated with a clown can trigger symptoms. Here, professional help can aid a person overcome their fear and stop it from becoming debilitating.

Coulrophobia Treatment

Treatment includes talk therapy following which the patient is gradually introduced to exposure therapy. The person is slowly, in a step by step, controlled environment, made to face fears until a comfortable level of control over anxiety is achieved (in vicinity of a clown).

Patients may recover without needing any form of coulrophobia treatment (therapy) if the phobia is mild & does not hinder daily tasks. But a constant anxiety associated with the fear may require some form of therapy to help the phobic overcome fear. Medication may be utilized to deal with panic attacks or high levels of anxiety.

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  2. Zoophobia – Fear of Animals
  3. Chronomentrophobia – Fear of Clocks
  4. Pyrophobia – Fear of Fire
  5. Catagelophobia – Fear of being ridiculed

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