Acarophobia – Fear of Itching

Acarophobia or the abnormal fear of itching and of insects that cause itching is a surprisingly common phobia which causes many people to suffer from stress. This type of problem often impacts the quality of the sufferer’s life and may cause stress attacks which may keep patients away from their family.

Symptoms for this kind of phobia often include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Feelings of dread
  • Heart palpitations
  • Easily getting mad or losing control
  • Dry mouth
  • Too much sweating
  • Nausea
  • Fear of itching or of insects that may cause itching
  • Shaking
  • Rapid breathing
  • Irregular pulse rate or heartbeat
  • Inability to speak and think clearly

Acarophobia is often developed by the unconscious mind as a defense mechanism which evolved due to some event in the past that is linked to itching or insects that causes itching, into the patient’s emotional trauma. There are different manifestations for this phobia and most patients often experience it frequently, while for some, it may come as a response to a direct stimulus.

Various treatments for Acarophobia may include:

  • Energy Psychology – a practice that almost has the same roots as acupuncture but with the absence of needles. This type of treatment is also known as an emotional acupuncture.
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming or NLP – this type of treatment involves an establishment of constructs which are revealed and reprogrammed to minimize the driving phobia.
  • Cognitive Therapy – an encouragement to change an individual’s behavior by means of persistent practical exercises.
  • Counseling – a discussion and reasoning treatment with a psychologist.