Have you ever had an irrational fear of sharp objects? Fear of sharp object even a small pen/pencil point exaggerate fear in you? Although most of us have a fear of knives, needles, and sharp objects. It makes sense to do so as no one wants to cut their finger while chopping up a salad or stab their toe with a falling knife. However, for some people when it leads to an extreme level at every point in their day-to-day routine.
In that case, they may have a phobia called aichmophobia. It is a phobia of sharp, pointed objects. Those affected by aichmophobia may feel anxious, worried, and fearful about any sharp object, which could cause harm. This could include pencils, pens, needles, pins, scissors, and other household items.
Therefore, if you are, someone having such fear this may lead to experience a very high amount of anxiety from merely thinking of sharp objects. Your anxiety may be so intense that you may even endure a full-blown panic attack because of it. Although such an influx of anxiety will not always be the case for everyone suffering from aichmophobia, it is still very plausible to occur nonetheless.
Let us study what causes this phobia, its symptoms, and treatment.
Causes of aichmophobia
There is no definite cause of aichmophobia. Rather than, someone suffering from the condition may have witnessed a traumatic incident involving a sharp object, such as a painful medical procedure or an accident involving a sharp object. The person had endured the incident first-hand or could even have simply witnessed the event, and that was all it took to instill fear. A person may also be genetically predisposed to developing phobia, or he or she may have iatrophobia, which is a phobia of extreme medical fear.
Symptoms of aichmophobia
The symptoms of Aichmophobia are very similar to other specific phobias and will often include:
- Feelings of Panic, Dread or Terror
- Inability to Relax
- Avoiding Medical Procedures
- Problems Concentrating
- Being short-tempered
- Feelings of dizziness
- Aches & Pains
- Fatigued Muscles
- Dry and Sticky mouth
- Sweating Excessively
- Migraines and Headaches
- Poor Quality of Sleep
Like other specific phobias, the most commonly used type of treatment for aichmophobia is a type of psychotherapy called exposure therapy. Exposure therapy works by helping you change your response to sharp, pointed objects so you are less afraid of them.
You may start your exposure therapy sessions by first looking at pictures of knives, then in the same room as a knife, then holding a knife, and then using a knife to cut food. Scientists have recently begun exploring the potential of virtual reality to help expose people with phobias to their fears in a safe and controlled manner.
If you feel that you have aichmophobia and you dont know how to deal with your fear, you may want to consult a professional to try and get it right. HopeQure counselors provide online counselling and are available to help you cope with the distress and discomfort that is usually caused by such a condition. Dont let aichmophobia run your life and rob you of your ability to participate in normal activities.