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These Disturbing Phobias Make Life For Their Sufferers A Waking Nightmare

Updated September 19, 2019 104.9k votes 9.1k voters 114.2k views20 items

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Everyone is afraid of something, whether it be spiders, snakes, or public speaking. Such fears are, however, quite common. Meanwhile there are a plethora of little-known phobias that make the lives of those who are unfortunate enough to have them absolute hell. The worst phobias are fears of things so common, avoiding them is near impossible. Then again, some of the scariest phobias are ones almost everyone has to some degree. The very fears horror movies prey on over and over again.

The most disturbing phobias make day to day life nearly impossible for those afflicted. Certain things and situations others take for granted may be a frightening trigger to a phobia-riddled person, setting off a panic attack or keeping them from leaving their home. The next time you get nervous to speak in front of a crowd, just remember these lesser known phobias and count your blessings.

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    Nyctophobia

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    Fear Of The Dark

    Most people at some point when they are children suffer from a fear of the dark. However when that fear persists into adulthood, it becomes a phobia. The fear stems from the brain erratically wondering what could happen or be in the darkness itself. 

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    Athazagoraphobia

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    Fear Of Being Forgotten

    Talk about existential dread. This is likely the phobia that spurred on many a tortured artist. 

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    Trypophobia

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    Fear Of Holes

    A phobia that thousands claim to have despite not being a diagnosis in the APA's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (5th Addition). It results in a deep fear or anxiety for those who have it when looking at a cluster of small holes.

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    Chronophobia

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    Fear Of Time Passing

    The fear of time can be triggered by various things. Depression, aging, or a traumatic event can cause the fear. Prisoners often experience it as their perception of time while incarcerated disappears. It is often related to the fear of old age and of death.

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