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Weather Phobias: How They Affect Your Everyday Life


Nov 21, 2023

Phobias, or an excessive and unrealistic fear of something specific, are a common mental health condition. Unlike general anxiety disorders, phobias are usually related to a particular object, person, animal, activity, or situation. The immediate reaction to a phobia can manifest itself in a variety of physiological sensations such as dizziness, rapid breathing, dry mouth, palpitations, and sweating.

Phobias related to the weather are particularly prevalent among children and adolescents. For example, about 2.9% of children experience social phobia compared to only 0.3% of adolescents. Unlike other fears that we usually manage to avoid directly dealing with, when it comes to the weather we have much less control over it. Those who experience these fears describe exactly what might happen. For instance, acrophobia is the fear of wind which can bring down trees and damage houses while nepopophobia is the fear of clouds due to their disturbing presence overhead and automatic link to severe weather that may come.

The official definition of A phobia is: “a persistent, excessive, unrealistic fear of an object, person, animal

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