Do you have a fear of Escalators? If so, apparently you are not alone. Escalaphobia is a legitimate phobia and just the idea of entering an escalator can cause panic attacks, nausea, and increased heart rate in some people. Fearing escalators is classified as a “specific phobia” by mental health professionals which, by definition, means that it is an illogical fear. Finding relief for this fear requires seeking out medical attention.
There are tons of articles and information on the web about it including 8 Steps to Overcome the Fear of Escalators, Helping Your Child Go Along for the Ride, What Really Is The Problem Behind The Fear? and this article, which describes a a lady who suddenly feared escalators after riding them for 20 years.
I understand that this phobia and many others is real and difficult to overcome for those who have them. However, after looking at a list of the hundreds and hundreds of different phobia’s out there I thought that I would share some that would make one wonder.
- Arachibutyrophobia- Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth.
- Consecotaleophobia- Fear of chopsticks.
- Francophobia- Fear of France or French culture.
- Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia- Fear of long words.
- Lachanophobia- Fear of vegetables.
- Lutraphobia- Fear of otters.
- Novercaphobia- Fear of your step-mother.
- Omphalophobia- Fear of belly buttons.
- Peladophobia- Fear of bald people.
- Selenophobia- Fear of the moon.
- Zemmiphobia- Fear of the great mole rat.
And, my fear? Lunaediesophobia – the fear of Mondays!