Domatophobia – Fear of Houses
If you see someone with an abnormal dread of houses, it is domatophobia. For a domatophobe, houses can appear as repressive or unsafe.
You may be familiar with agoraphobia, a fear of marketplace. Domatophobia is at the opposite end of the spectrum – a fear of getting into a house.
People feel secure when inside a house as it gives a feeling of safety & coziness, a reason why people yearn to be at their home after a tiring day at work or after traveling.
But for a person with fear of houses, a number of reasons can exist for the anxieties, such as claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces) or a belief that a house is haunted.
Know Domatophobia Causes
For sensitive people, such an incidence may turn a house into a terrifying place. A creaking or crunching sound is enough to trigger anxiety that will be measured by most as a product of wild imagination.
The aged may also loathe being inside a house, often due to a feeling that they have lost the ability to move around and about the house with the same energy they once did.
In some cases, this phobia may result due to emotions – for reasons best know to the phobic, the house will be associated with thoughts of sadness or depression.
Identify Domatophobia Symptoms
Symptoms may include an aversion to entering a house, and dreading a house that is in a bad condition. Sounds such as creaking or undersized rooms may cause nervousness for those suffering from this phobia.
Here are some of the domatophobia symptoms:
- Fast breathing
- Feeling of dread
- Panic attack
- Avoiding or fleeing the house
Sometimes, a phobic may have such increased levels of anxiety. He or she may display symptoms such as screaming, crying and fleeing from the scene or even suffer from a full-blown panic attack.
A therapist will discuss the fear with a phobic to try and identify the root cause. This will help the therapist decide on a type of domatophobia treatment that can be effective.
Treatment options may be decided after the cause is identified and can include behavioral therapy, exposure therapy or psychotherapy.
The main goal of these treatments is to encourage the patient face the object of fear and cope with symptoms that domatophobia causes, with ease.