Living with a phobia!

According to some estimates, phobias affect more than 10 percent of the worldwide population.

My personal story reflects that a long time ago I have fear and disgust to any type of rodent. My phobia is called Musophobia and it is the fear of mice or rats. A person may develop this phobia because of a prior trauma involving the animals where he or she was startled by the sight of one. The phobia may also be linked to a fear of disease, since rats were responsible for spreading a number of diseases throughout history. Probably, this phobia started when I saw a big rat in the grandparent's library, since I felt a terrible sense of disgust.

What is a phobia?

A phobia is an intense fear of something that, in reality, poses little or no actual danger. Common phobias and fears include closed-in places, heights, highway driving, flying insects, snakes, and needles. However, we can develop phobias of virtually anything. Most phobias develop in childhood, but they can also develop in adults

If you have a phobia, you probably realize that your fear is unreasonable, yet you still can’t control your feelings. Just thinking about the feared object or situation may make you anxious. And when you’re actually exposed to the thing you fear, the terror is automatic and overwhelming.

The experience is so nerve-wracking that you may go to great lengths to avoid it — inconveniencing yourself or even changing your lifestyle. If you have claustrophobia, for example, you might turn down a lucrative job offer if you have to ride the elevator to get to the office. If you have a fear of heights, you might drive an extra twenty miles in order to avoid a tall bridge.

Understanding your phobia is the first step to overcoming it. It’s important to know that phobias are common. Having a phobia doesn’t mean you’re crazy! It also helps to know that phobias are highly treatable. You can overcome your anxiety and fear, no matter how out of control it feels.

Share your phobia story and help other readers learn more about how to cope with their phobia.

by Patricio