Dystychiphobia- Fear of accidents

Dystychiphobia is a fear of accidents and is most often caused by a traumatic event in the past experienced by a person involving an accident, be it minor or something major, that has made him highly frightened. As in other fears or phobias, past traumatic experience can create a protective mechanism in your subconscious mind as a form of defense in related anxiety situations. The trigger could have been a car accident, accidentally falling down the stairs or tripping while walking, or any other accident. It does not have to be a major accident but is something that is perceived by the person to be a traumatic one.

Avoiding potentially dangerous situations is a one of the primary symptom and they are overly cautious. Other symptoms of anxiety are also present such as sweating, nausea, shortness of breath, palpitations, and trembling. Living with this phobia can be very unnerving for the sufferer as he is in a constant state of fearing accidents.

Treatment includes psychotherapy, specifically cognitive therapy which will teach the person to explore more and do things that they have not done in the past and are scared of doing. Anti-anxiety medications may also help especially if symptoms interfere with quality of life.