Phagophobia is the fear of swallowing or eating or being eaten. The origin of the phrase phago is Greek (meaning eat) and phobia is Greek (meaning fear). Phagophobia is considered to be a selected phobia. Phagophobia can also be related to Sitophobia or Sitiophobia (fear of meals or eating).
Causes of Phagophobia
It is generally accepted that phobias arise from a mixture of external events (i.e. traumatic events) and inside predispositions (i.e. heredity or genetics). Many specific phobias can be traced again to a particular triggering event, often a traumatic expertise at an early age. Social phobias and agoraphobia have more complicated causes that are not entirely known at this time.
Symptoms of Phagophobia
The symptoms typically include excessive anxiety, dread and anything associated with panic akin to shortness of breath, speedy breathing, irregular heartbeat, sweating, extreme sweating, nausea, dry mouth, nausea, inability to articulate words or sentences, dry mouth and shaking. .