This article will brief about Dishabiliophobia.
Then it will focus on the symptoms and causes of dishabiliophobia.
Later it will highlight Treatment methods, both psychotherapies, and medications.
Dihabiliophobia refers to the irrational fear of undressing in front of someone.
People suffering from dishabiliophobia can experience a high amount of anxiety or even panic attacks even with the thought of undressing in front of someone even in front of people they are in a romantic relationship with.
People suffer from phobias tend to avoid their fear at any cost, with the condition on dishabiliophobia, avoidance includes changing or undressing alone and therefore there won’t be any problem as people do it this way only.
Although people who are in romantic relationships, find it hard to do it as at some point in time they need to get over it and the thought of it brings back the fear.
SYMPTOMS OF DISHABILIOPHOBIA:
Anxiety and Panic attacks can be taken as the most prominent symptoms of Dishabiliophobia.
They even can get hospitalized though it depends on person to person.
People with dishabiliophobia try to avoid any situation that may encounter the fear of being in the same room with athletes or with the person they are in a romantic relationship.
This only helps them to achieve short-term anxieties but in the long-run, it only worsens the situation.
Some common symptoms are-
- Anxiety when having thoughts of undressing in front of someone
- Sweating, Nausea
- Panic attacks
- Constriction in the chest, breathlessness
CAUSES OF DISHABILIOPHOBIA:
There is no definite cause of Dishabiliopobia, although genetics and the environment play an important role in this.
If a person’s family has a history of anxiety disorder or phobias, there are high chances of that person developing a phobia including Dishabiliophobia.
Some emotionally painful memory of traumatic events in the past also plays an important role in it.
For example, a person has been witnessed undressing her /himself in the past, he /she had a humiliating event or was a victim of body shaming in the past.
This even can develop self-body shaming and eventually self-confidence is lowered.
These experiences impact a person’s mind and can lead to developing a phobia.
TREATMENT FOR DISHABILIOPHOBIA:
As there is no definite cause of Dishabiliophobia, similarly there is no definite treatment for Dishabiliophobia. But the treatments which are useful for anxiety disorders and phobias can be helpful with Hagiophobia as well.
- Exposure Therapy:
It is one of the most common and effective therapy with patients suffering from anxiety and phobias.
In this, the therapist slowly exposes the thing which the individual fears.
In this case, the therapist might ask the individual to slowly strips in his/her comfort zone alone and watch themselves while doing it.
This way the individual gains the confidence and then the therapist would linger on to other tasks like stripping in from of his/her partner.
In this therapy session, mutual consent should be taken from the partner as well as they’ll be helping the individual gain more confidence.
CBT is another very common therapy that is used for GAD and OCD patients.
It may also be effective for conditions like Dishabiliophobia as well.
It works by helping the patient to uncover why do they behave, think and feel the way they do with regards to a particular fear or concern they have.
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR):
MBSR is an 8-week evidence-based program that offers intensive, mindfulness training to help people suffering from anxiety, stress, depression, etc.
Mindfulness helps a person to accept all the flaws and be in the present.
- Anti-anxiety medications:
These medications are very helpful in preventing panic attacks and anxiety issues.
It is very helpful when the condition is very severe. Some common anti-anxiety medications are Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, etc.
These medications should be taken only in the supervision of a medical professional.
These medications aren’t only for people who suffer from depression as they can also help people suffering from anxiety disorders such as Dishabiliophobia.
Some common antidepressants are Paxil, Zoloft, Lexapro, etc.
These types of drugs are taken on a daily basis and can be helpful in preventing panic attacks and daily anxiety issues.
But always consider consulting a psychiatrist first before starting or stopping any medications.
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This blog defined about Dishabiliophobia.
Then it focused on the symptoms and causes of dishabiliophobia.
Later it highlighted Treatment methods, both psychotherapies, and medications.
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