Brrr, the nights are rolling in, the clocks will soon be going back and we are in the full throng of Autumn. If like me, you've experienced a series of minor snivels and some seasonal emotional blues, then you're not alone. The change of temperature, darkening nights and general mishmash of weather can often leave us feeling drained and depressed.
But what happens when it goes to extremes and actually turns into a torrid fear of seasonal related problems?
Today I'm looking at phobias that can arise throughout the year but are more prone during various seasons for obvious reasons.
I give you Cryophobia, a fear of the cold. Also can go by the names Cheimophobia and Pyschrophobia. Can be related to touching things that are cold (ice cubes) or a general drop in temperature. Some will have fears as to whether indoor air temperature is high enough. But as everyone feels and experiences sensations at slightly different levels, what is cold to one person, won't necessarily be considered so by another.
A fear of ice (remember Black Ice Day last year?) is Pagophobia, and can relate to frost also. And a fear of snow is Chionophobia. It can be brought on after a snowfall due to being frightened about the possibility of being stranded, or running out of essentials. In a way, it is quite an understandable fear, although sufferers probably struggle to rationalise their reaction and can experience extreme feelings of dread, panic attacks and sweats.
Sources: Phobias About, Phobia List, Encyclo and Readers Digest Reverse Dictionary (c) 1989
File under: Kelligrafie, phobias, Fobia Phridays, cold, ice, snow, frost, winter
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