Ancraophobia

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Ancraophobia, also known as anemophobia, is an extreme fear of wind or drafts. It is rather uncommon, and can be treated.[1]

Origin[edit]

No one is born with a fear of the wind.[2] This mental disorder is most commonly the result of psychological trauma caused by a negative experience with wind in the afflicted person's past. The experience may be remembered, or it may be "imprinted" on the subconscious mind of the traumatized person. People who suffer from this phobia tend to be frightened by changes in the weather, such as storms. They are likely to believe that the wind has the potential to kill and destroy. Additionally, they avoid things that remind them of wind, like ocean waves. Ancraophobia is also related to terms like aerophobia, which is the fear of open high places,[3][4] and anemophobia which is the fear of air drafts.[5]

Symptoms[edit]

The level of fear as well as other symptoms will vary between individuals. There are four general types of symptoms: psychological,physical,mental and emotional.[6]

Psychological[edit]

Psychological symptoms include extreme anxiety when exposed to wind, feelings that the wind may harm or hurt the individual, and a compulsion to avoid encountering wind.[7][8]

Physical[edit]

Physical symptoms include dry mouth, tremors, tightening in the chest, irregular heartbeat, rapid breathing, sweating of the palms, nausea and irregular heart beat.

Mental[edit]

  1. Obsessive thoughts
  2. Difficulty thinking about anything other than the fear
  3. Feelings of unreality or of being detached from oneself
  4. Fear of losing control
  5. Fear of fainting
Emotional[edit]
  • Anticipatory anxiety: persistent worrying about upcoming events that involve air movement.
  • Terror: a persistent and overwhelming fear of the same
  • Desire to flee: an intense need to leave the situation

Causes[edit]

Ancraophobia is never present at birth. The fear of wind most often arises as a result of a negative experience in the person's past. This experience may or may not be recalled in the conscious mind of the person but this has been imprinted on the subconscious mind. Most often an ancraophobic person experienced a situation where the wind was blowing heavily and they found themselves afraid that the wind might destroy or kill them. This experience becomes linked with the wind, this is known as "generalized conditioned responses". This phobia arises from the combination of external events and an internal predisposition. The external events are things like traumatic events, and the internal predispositions are heredity, that is been transferred from ones blood line. The phobia can often be traced back to negative events that have happened, the most common event is the experience of a traumatic experience at an early age.[9]

Medication[edit]

Scientists have developed medications that can be taken to reduce patient fears. This medication is known as anti-anxiety medication. However, medications may have side-effects or withdrawal symptoms that can be severe.[10] The most popular form of treatment is visiting a cognitive behavioral therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, hypnotherapy, or hypnotist. These therapies are also used to help patients forget what they are afraid of. Some basic therapy sessions involve making the patients stand in front of a fan, making the patient face their fears in a safe environment. Energy psychology is also a form of therapy that uses yoga to shift the brain's electro-chemistry to make the patient change what they are thinking. With the use of hypnotherapy, the subconscious mind of a person can be reached, potentially eliminating those fears.[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ What is Phobia of Wind. Living Healthy. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
  2. ^ Fear of the Wind - Fear of Drafts. Peter Field Hypnotherapy. Retrieved February 12, 2014.
  3. ^ "Aeroacrophobia - Fear of Open High Places". Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  4. ^ "Aeroacrophobia Do you have a fear of open high places?". Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  5. ^ "Anemophobia". Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  6. ^ What is Phobia of Wind. Living Healthy. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
  7. ^ The fear of wind is caused by the mind over-estimating the danger caused by wind, believing that wind presents an actual threat, when in reality, it may not.
  8. ^ "Avon Hyponotherapy". Avon Hypnotherapy. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  9. ^ http://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/photos/10-traumatic-phobias-inspired-by-nature/ancraophobia
  10. ^ http://common-phobias.com/ancrao/phobia.htm
  11. ^ http://www.peterfieldhypnotherapy.co.uk/anemophobia-ancraophobia-fear-of-wind-fear-of-drafts.html