Ballistophobia – Fear of missiles or bullets

Ballistophobia is the fear of bullets and this fear may have a valid reason. It is understandable why some people develop intense and persistent aversions to these inventions since they were designed to wound or kill.

Some might have seen someone getting shot and killed, or have tried firing a gun and was terrified by the loud noise that is made when the gun is fired. They might have personally experienced war or have seen in the movies the bloodshed and terror that shooting can bring. They may have also lived in neighborhoods that have high gang activity and have heard stories of young people getting killed accidentally or might have lost a love one as well.

People with this phobia will avoid guns hops, firing ranges and neighborhood where gang activity is prevalent. Some may be terrified of persons carrying guns for self-protection or people who carry guns as part of their jobs such as the security guards and the police. Any person who carries bullets or a gun will trigger symptoms and anxiety.

Like many phobias, this fear is closely linked with the fear of death. In order to manage the symptoms of ballistophobia, it is important to identify the cause. Those who were traumatized by past experiences should consider psychotherapy. In some cases, medication can provide some help.