Cometophobia- Fear of comets

Comets are made up of a mixture of rock particles, ice, and dust. They streak through the sky, illuminated and glowing against a dark sky. Comets carry a tail or atmosphere that gives them their distinctive, “streaked” appearance. For some, the sight of a comet may aggravate thoughts of disaster or doom.

The fear of comets is called as Cometophobia. A person develops this kind of phobia regarding comets because of frequent watching of sci-fi or fantasy based programs or has read books that may cause so much anxieties. Armageddon is one of the sci-fi movies who feature maximum drama and shock value. Also, those who watched too much of a disaster flicks where meteor or other large entities plunge through the atmosphere and may hit the earth readily, tends to believe that they will be hurt, too. Sometimes a traumatic experience or a repressed childhood experience about comets can subconsciously affect the way a person handles and reacts to certain triggers.

Symptoms of Cometophobia are most likely the same with the other phobias. Nausea, dizziness, lightheadedness and headaches may be manifested if a Cometophobic person is around or may have seen comets.

Certain therapies and treatments are of great help in releasing any subconscious memories. Panic treatments and counseling may offer insights into the reason and basis of the phobia.