Most of us are familiar with the idea of a “rainy day.” Rain is usually seen as a threat to our entertainment, forcing us to stay indoors and away from the inclement weather. However, some people may have even more of an issue with the idea of a rainy day. Ombrophobia is an abnormal fear of rain that may cause a person to experience symptoms very similar to severe anxiety attacks.

Symptoms of Ombrophobia

Symptoms that are commonly associated with an immense fear of the rain usually run parallel to most panic attacks or anxiety disorders. When placed in a stressful situation, presented with rain or images of rain, a sufferer may experience one or more of the following:

  • Inability to think or speak clearly
  • Uncontrollable feelings of panic, anxiety or dread
  • Dry mouth
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Trembling or muscle tension

Causes of Ombrophobia

There are several reasons why a person may develop an irrational fear or rain. Ombrophobia is commonly associated with a fear with either disease or sickness. These people may have been told, at a young age, that going outside into the rain would make them sick. Later in life, this fear can manifest itself and turn into a complete phobia. Another common cause for ombrophobia is the feeling of depression most people associate with a cloudy day or a gray sky. In this case, the person usually fears the effects of depression and worry that rain will slowly deteriorate their mental balance.

Ombrophobia can also be onset by a traumatic event experienced during their lifetime. In this case, the sight or idea of rain will trigger the repressed traumatic event and cause the person to relive the moment. Unfortunately, this phobia will likely worsen over time if it is not properly treated by either professional or self-help methods. If you allow ombrophobia to manifest itself, the fear may slowly become more intense and other severe symptoms, such as depression, may begin to appear.

Treatment of Ombrophobia

Professional methods may include exposure therapy, group therapy or the solution may be as simple as learning new breathing techniques to better manage your stress when presented with rain. The most important part of choosing a treatment method is finding one that you will be able to stick with and can easily adapt to your lifestyle. If you are tired of living with an irrational fear of rain and are looking for a way to overcome your ombrophobia, it may be time to start researching different treatment options available to you.

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