Megalophobia is a fear of large or oversized objects. A person who is megalophobic can have their fear triggered by any number of things such as buildings, animals and even planes. There is no one cause for megalophobia; it could have been triggered by an event or even for no apparent reason. Some people can get by their phobias easily, like with a fear of rats (since they’re easily avoidable), but for those who are afraid of large objects, staying at home to avoid large objects is common. Continuing to live with a phobia will most likely disrupt a person’s social life and mental health, eventually requiring intervention from a medical professional in order to fully heal. If the problem is ignored, more serious issues like depression may arise and result in a whole new series of complications. Treating a phobia takes time but there are several methods that have proven successful in treating those struggling with megalophobia.
Symptoms of Megalophobia
Symptoms of Megalophobia are very similar to symptoms of anxiety attacks. These symptoms include:
- Panic attack
- Shortness of breath
- Accelerated heart rate
- Chest pain
Treatment of Megalophobia
If the fear of large objects takes over and one finds themselves suffering from physical symptoms, ignoring certain situations, places or things in order to avoid the fear, or the phobia has been affecting one’s life for a long period of time, it is time to seek help.
Methods to conquer the phobia are out there. Treatments for megalophobia can be approached from several different angles such as exposure therapy, or medications to treat the worst of the phobia symptoms. Using the exposure therapy method slowly exposes the person with megalophobia to large objects first in therapy sessions and then in real life situations. Over short to long periods of time, depending on the severity of the case, therapy can help people who suffer from megalophobia cope with their fear.
Fear of large objects can also be coped with by learning self-help methods. Learning about megalophobia is the first step in overcoming the fear. Second, it is important to stay positive as a negative train of thought can start the symptoms of megalophobia. Lastly, practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, yoga and muscle relaxation can help one deal with the emotional and physical symptoms severe megalophobia.
If you or someone you love is struggling with a fear of large objects or feel like they are losing control of their life due to megalophobia, it is time to find help. Treatment professionals are out there and it is possible to find one who specializes in helping people get over their fear of large objects. Getting informed is the first step, and next it is important to find a professional who knows how to lead you down the path of recovery. Living with a persistent, irrational fear will slowly break down people both mentally and physically, usually leading to more extreme issues like depression or a complete aversion of social situations. It is never too late to take your phobia head-on and put an end to your fears. The sooner the process is started, the quicker your phobia will be dealt with and the easier healing will become.
- Phobics-Awareness.org – General information on phobias
- Helpguide.org – Physical symptoms of phobia attacks
- Wikipedia.org – Definition of megalophobia