Olfactophobia the fear of smells


The fear of smells
is called Olfactophobia. Olfactophobia, the fear of smells
just like any other phobia, is an anxiety disorder defined by a persistent and excessive fear of smells
. Fot Olfactophobia to actually be identified it has to typically result in a rapid onset of fear and is usually present for more than six months.

Olfactophobia Psychological Symptoms

  1. fear of losing control
  2. fear of fainting
  3. feelings of dread
  4. fear of dying
  5. fear of harm or illness
  6. guilt, shame, self-blame
  7. Withdrawing from others
  8. Feeling sad or hopeless
  9. Feeling disconnected
  10. Confusion, difficulty concentrating
  11. Anger, irritability, mood swings
  12. anxiety and fear
    1. Olfactophobia Treatment

      Having fear of smells
      can be very distressing and create a lot of disruptons in the sufferes life. But Olfactophobia is treatable. The different options available span between mdication and talking therapy.

      Exposure-based treatments

      Exposure-based treatments are the first-line approach in the treatment of Olfactophobia. In this type of treatment, you are gradually and progressively exposed to the fear of smells
      . You might start by just thinking about your fear of smells
      and then move slowly toward looking at images of the object and finally being near the object in real life.

      Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

      Often referred to as CBT, cognitive behaviorial therapy involves learning to identify the underlying negative thoughts that contribute to feelings of fear of smells
      . And learning to counter those thoughts by better more joyous thoughts.

      Medications

      Medications may be prescribed in some cases to help manage some of the symptoms you might be experiencing as a result of Olfactophobia. Medications your doctor might prescribe include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), beta-blockers, and anti-anxiety drugs.

      Olfactophobia Physical Symptoms

      People that suffer from Olfactophobia the fear of smells
      , experience panic attacks more often than not. No matter how overwhelming the feelings of anxiety, a panic attack can cause real physical symptoms, such as but not limited to the ones below:

      1. Vomiting
      2. Headaches
      3. Dizziness
      4. Trembling
      5. Shortness of breath
      6. Tachycardia
      7. Tightness in the chest/chest pain and difficulty breathing
      8. A need to go to the toilet
      9. Hyperventilation