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- In psychology, heliophobia refers to a morbid fear of sunlight.
- In medicine, heliophobia (more commonly photophobia) refers to an excessive sensitivity of the eyes to sunlight.
Heliophobia is a mental health issue that afflicts hundreds of people into being terrified of staying out in the sun.
The Pacific Health Center suggested that these type of people have been staying away from the sunlight because of the growing fears with skin cancer. This is not technically heliophobia, but simply an unfounded and illogical solution. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (if it includes an intense fear of getting skin cancer) can also cause heliophobia. It should especially be noted that any form of heliophobia that is based on fears can result in agoraphobia. Even though most cases of agoraphobia aren't always heliophobia-related, some of them can be.
Other medical conditions such as keratoconus (an eye disorder that results in extreme optic sensitivity to sunlight and bright lights) and porphyria cutanea tarda, which causes the skin to be overly sensitive to sunlight to the point of causing blisters, can result in heliophobia.
Since heliophobia forces its victims indoors whenever there is sunshine,it will make them more prone into becoming Vitamin D deficient. However, this can be corrected by taking Vitamin D supplements or by consuming Vitamin D fortified foods.
- In chemistry or biology,the terms heliophobic/heliophobe refers to an organism/substance that is sunlight-sensitive or has an aversion to sunlight.
- Heliophobous plants are commonly known as "shade-tolerant".
- Heliophobia was considered a "telltale sign" of stereotypical vampires and other fantasy creatures such as ghosts, orcs, etc.
- There was a short-lived magazine Heliophobe (3 issues, 1994–1996), described as "a not-so-sexual fetish magazine exclusively devoted to pale-skinned women".
- This phobia is seen in the American sports comedy film The Benchwarmers.
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- "Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Vitamin D". National Institute of Health. 2011-01-13. Retrieved 2011-02-21.
- Heliophobe magazine webpage
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