Androphobia is an exaggerated or irrational fear of men. Though women who suffer from this disorder may realize that there is very little reason to be afraid of men, the fear persists, thus leading to severe, repeated anxiety around men that can often interfere with everyday activities.
Symptoms of Androphobia
As with any phobia, the symptoms vary by person depending on their level of fear. The most common symptoms of Androphobia include:
- Excessive sweating
- Dry mouth
- Heart palpitations
- Anxiety attack
- Inability to articulate words or sentences
Causes of Androphobia
Since phobias aren’t rational, they can stem from a variety of sources. While a fear of this type may be caused by a fascination of crime statistics, this is not usually the case in the type of phobia. Androphobia usually develops due to a traumatic experience in childhood, either witnessing your mother physically or verbally abused or being the victim of a rape. However, bad experiences with men aren’t the only cause of Androphobia. Other sources may include:
Treatment of Androphobia
As with most phobias, studies are still being conducted in order to pinpoint exact causes. Though studies are still in their infancy, psychiatrists do their best to tailor treatments to each specific case through trial and error. One of the most important aspects when treating Androphobia is being comfortable and at ease with what the counselor is doing. As many times phobias can lead to full-blown panic attacks, discomfort can be detrimental to the healing process.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is one form of treatment for Androphobia, which has shown positive and effective results. NLP is based around the idea that all behaviors are structured. By helping Androphobic patients to reprogram these behaviors, psychiatrists say it is possible to help patients manage, if not dissipate, their phobia through reprogramming the way the brain reacts to men. Hypnotherapy has also shown positive results in treating Androphobia. Hypnotherapy takes place with a therapist first putting their patient into a trance-like state. By relaxing the patient, the therapist attempts to bypass the “logical” part of the brain in order to reprogram the subconscious mind.
Androphobia can be crippling, but there is always help. Any number of counselors can help in controlling or even overcoming phobias, giving suffers a new way to leave their lives. With the number of treatment methods available almost every case can be helped, all anyone has to do is ask.