Dementophobia- Fear of insanity

Being labelled as insane or crazy carries an awful stigma in our society. People who are known to be crazy are often feared by others and were cast out from society. They were also locked up in mental institutions and historically were subject to very harsh treatments such as electric shock therapy, or some even water immersion therapy and light-deprivation therapy.

People who fear insanity are called dementophobes and their fear is not entirely irrational because we all fear being crazy. People with this phobia might have seen in movies where the so-called crazy people were locked-up and left to rot, forgotten by their family members, and treated like dogs in the mental institution. Others might have family members who are crazy and they are extremely scared that this can also happen to them.

We all have our moments of insanity but people with dementophobia will make sure that they act prim and proper and will not be thought to be crazy by other people. They will feel extremely anxious when they are around people who are acting crazy or when they see crazy people in the street.

These dementophobes should be taught there are not medications available to treat the mentally ill and most of these patients are able to lead a normal life. Psychotherapy may also help these dementophobes because if this fear is not addressed, their phobia may later become full blown psychosis and they will become what they fear the most.