The very real phobia and fear of the opposite sex
I have a new patient who has a full blown case of Heterophobia. I haven't seen one in awhile and I thought it was important to outline the tongue-tied belly- clenching fear of the opposite sex that some people really experience.
Heterophobia is the fear of the opposite sex. The origin of the word Hetero is Greek (meaning different) and phobia is Greek (meaning fear). Heterophobia is considered to be a specific phobia, which is discussed on the home page. Heterophobia is also known as Sexophobia.
What are the causes?
It is generally accepted that phobias arise from a combination of external events (i.e. traumatic events) and internal predispositions (i.e. heredity or genetics). Many specific phobias can be traced back to a specific triggering event, usually a traumatic experience at an early age. Social phobias and agoraphobia have more complex causes that are not entirely known at this time. It is believed that heredity, genetics, and brain chemistry combine with life-experiences to play a major role in the development of phobias. (Wikipedia - phobia).
What are the symptoms?
As with any phobia, the symptoms vary by person depending on their level of fear. The symptoms typically include extreme anxiety, dread and anything associated with panic such as shortness of breath, rapid breathing, irregular heartbeat, sweating, excessive sweating, nausea, dry mouth, nausea, inability to articulate words or sentences, dry mouth and shaking.
Well, the best cure from fear is facing it, how about gently connecting such person with a friendly opposite sex specie?