Ophidiophobia is one of our most common phobias. For some sufferers, phobia leads to manageable discomfort, while others may experience severe fear of snakes having an effect in everyday life.
Like many other phobias, worm phobia can be something that limits one’s life. This can avoid activities where you can encounter snakes. It can also prevent you from traveling to destinations in, for example, tropical countries due to fear of poisonous or large snakes. Safety behaviors such as searching for environments in advance, stomping in the ground, not daring to walk alone in nature or wearing comprehensive clothing can be developed.
Ormphobia is usually called ophidiophobia in English. Phobia of reptiles is usually called herpetophobia.
Why do you develop worm phobia?
Snakes can elicit reactions based on how they look. The head, eyes, tongue and tail can appear scary or disgusting. A snake also has a movement pattern that can feel erratic and aggressive. Some motivate worm phobia with evolutionary causes, for example, that people in ancient times have had every right to be afraid of things that look like snakes to survive. However, it’s good to keep in mind that snakes in most situations try to keep us away from humans.
It is important to distinguish between worm phobia and manageable discomfort before snakes. Many people may feel a little nervous or tense before contact with snakes without having a negative effect on life. A snake phobia should have such a limited effect on life that it is worth treating.
Situations that can trigger worm phobia
Snake phobia is not only linked to direct contact with snakes. For those with phobia, snakes in a picture or movie can cause severe discomfort. You can get nightmares about snakes that ruin the night’s sleep. However, the most obvious is usually the avoidance. When scared, many places can be associated with snakes, such as forests, meadows and lakes. As the phobia and the evasive behavior become more powerful, which it often becomes, there are more situations where potentially snakes are encountered.
Symptoms of worm phobia
Serum phobia can lead to symptoms such as palpitations, dizziness, dry mouth and sweating. Those with very severe phobia do not need to see a snake to trigger the phobia. It may be enough to walk in a place where snakes can be suspected, such as forests or tall grass. Anxiety can begin even before situations when it is possible to see snakes and lead to sleep problems and irritability.
Treatment of worm phobia
The goal of treating snake phobia is to learn how to stay in the forest and land, go on trips and feel that you have control in situations where snakes can be found. The most common form of treatment is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
When undergoing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, you together with the doctor challenge their negative thoughts to create a more rational view of what you are afraid of. It requires you to be ready to gradually challenge your phobia. A common approach, for example, may be to get used to looking at pictures or films and then to visit environments that are perceived as unpleasant.
When should you seek care?
One should seek care at a health care center if one feels that worm phobia is something that limits everyday life.
Living with worm phobia
The future prospects are good if you choose to treat your worm phobia. You may not get rid of your phobia completely, but improvements are usually achieved. For some, worm phobia can disappear or weaken on its own over time.