#5 What the hell is that?

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As promised, herewith some phobias beginning with the letters H, I, J, K and L.


Phobia Condition
Halitophobia Fear of bad breath.  This is a symptom in which a noticeably unpleasant breath odour is present. It can result in anxiety among those affected.
Haphephobia Fear of being touched. This phobia is a rare specific phobia that involves the fear of touching or of being touched.
Hedonophobia This fear is an excessive fear or aversion to obtaining pleasure. The purported background of some such associated feelings may be due to an egalitarian-related sentiment, whereby one feels a sense of solidarity with individuals in the lowest. Hedonophobics have a type of guilt about feeling pleasure or experiencing pleasurable sensations, due to a cultural background or training (either religious or cultural) that eschews pleasurable pursuits as frivolous or inappropriate. Oftentimes, social guilt is connected to having fun while others are suffering.
Heliophobia Fear of the sun, sunlight or any bright light.
Helminthophobia, scoleciphobia, vermiphobia Fear of worms especially parasitic worms. The sight of a worm, or anything that looks like a worm, may cause someone with this phobia to have extreme anxiety or even panic attacks.
Hemophobia, haemophobia Fear of blood. Severe cases of this fear can cause physical reactions that are uncommon in most other fears, specifically vasovagal syncope (fainting).
Herpetophobia Fear/dislike of reptiles or amphibians. This is a common specific phobia, which consists of fear or aversion to reptiles, commonly lizards and snakes, and similar vertebrates as amphibians. It is one of the most diffused animal phobias, very similar and related to ophidiophobia. This condition causes a slight to severe emotional reaction, anxiety, panic attacks or most commonly, nausea.
Hippophobia Fear/dislike of horses.
Hodophobia Fear of travel. People with a fear of traveling experience intense, persistent fear or anxiety when they think about traveling and/or during travel. They will avoid travel if they can, and the fear, anxiety, and avoidance causes significant distress and impairs their ability to function.
Hydrophobia Fear of water.
Hypochondria Fear of illness.  This is a condition in which a person is excessively and unduly worried about having a serious illness. An individual with hypochondriasis is known as a hypochondriac. Hypochondriacs become unduly alarmed about any physical or psychological symptoms they detect, no matter how minor the symptom may be, and are convinced that they have, or are about to be diagnosed with, a serious illness.


 Phobia  Condition
Ichthyophobia Fear of fish, including fear of eating fish, or fear of dead fish.
Insectophobia Fear of insects. More specific cases included katsaridaphobia (fear of cockroaches), apiphobia (fear of bees), myrmecophobia (fear of ants), and lepidopterophobia (fear of moths and butterflies).


Phobia Condition
Jcatapedaphobia This is a phobia of jumping (from both high and low places)


Phobia Condition
Koumpounophobia Fear of buttons on clothing.  This phobia regularly leads to feelings of fear and disgust when sufferers are exposed to buttons either visually or physically.


Phobia Condition
Lilapsophobia Fear of tornadoes or hurricanes.  Lilapsophobia is considered the more severe type of astraphobia, which is a fear of thunder and lightning. Lilapsophobia is caused by an unwanted experience, specifically tornadoes or hurricanes that cause injuries, destruction, or loss of loved ones to self or others they know. This phobia can even be caused by learning news about tornadoes or hurricanes though the media.

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