Pellagra is a disease where individuals suffer from diarrhea, dermatitis, dementia and ultimately death. The fear of this disease is called Pellagrophobia.
The stunning effects of Pellagra can cause some to think of the disease in terms of other conditions that may be contagious or life-threatening.
The fear may stem from family stories or from the process of seeing the disease while visiting another country. Because the symptoms ultimately kill the individual who has Pellagra (unless reversed by diet) it can be easy for the phobic personality to treat this disease as something to be avoided at all costs.
A person who struggled this phobia may develop obsessive/compulsive tendencies that may be noted by incessant hand washing, spraying a household disinfectant for germs and avoiding public places. Other symptoms include air hunger, trembling, dread, anxiety, loss of control, dizziness.
Overcoming Pellagrophobia could be dispelled by simply learning more about the disease, how it develops, ways to avoid it and how it can be cured through dietary changes. Much of the food consume nowadays have been fortified with added niacin to prevent this type of disease.
A visit with the therapist can help identify why this fear has a grip on sufferers life and can help him learn ways to address the fear in a more constructive manner.