Ombrophobia – Fear of Rain
People have a tendency to instinctively run to inside a shelter or vehicle to avoid getting wet or drenched when it starts to rain all of a sudden.
Some are worried about their appearances and get concerned about spoiling their hair or a costly makeup when the rain comes down pouring. These are, after all, simple concerns related to ones appearance and is in no way classifiable as a real fear of rain.
When you have an overwhelming, persistent dread of rain, you have ombrophobia. A big reason for this fear is a feeling some people have of getting drowned following a deluge or even something more bizarre such as suffering from acid rain burns.
People with ombrophobia develop increased anxiousness following a heavy rainfall weather forecast. In some cases people may want to stock household and other items as a preventive measure (so they do not have to go out during rainfall).
Know Ombrophobia Causes
The most obvious reason for this phobia taking root is that a person has experienced a traumatic event or episode involving rain in the past, such as in childhood.
In some cases, ombrophobia causes the phobic personality to lookout for signs of black clouds or even thunder and lightning, which may summon rain.
An immediate response from a person with fear of rain would be to take measures that would make it less likely for him or her to go out in the rain. Other ombrophobia causes include learned fear.
As in other phobias, a person may have learned or inherited the fear of rain by observing the same phobia in others, but in can be a case where it gets initiated in a phobic by someone they are familiar with.
Identify Ombrophobia Symptoms
An ombrophobe would be more interested in weather reports to get clues of any impending rainfall. If the phobic person thinks there is even a small likelihood of rain falling, he or she may avoid venturing outside.
Here are some of the ombrophobia symptoms:
- Fast heartbeat
- Fast breathing
- Feeling of numbness
An ombrophobe will feel secure in an enclosed environment such as home or work place, but may start to show ombrophobia symptoms such as panic if trapped outside in even a mild rainfall.
Taking help of a therapist often helps one tackle associated fears and anxieties. The therapist will talk with you about your fear and try to identify its root cause before deciding on an ombrophobia treatment that suits you.
This information makes you more aware about why the fear has resided in you and also puts the fear in its proper perspective that it is not as terrible as you make it out to be.
Exposure therapy and systematic desensitization techniques may be used by your therapist for ombrophobia treatment, to gradually make you feel more comfortable in feared situations. Medicines may also be used to relieve increased anxiety.