Nelophobia (A complete guide)

This article will briefly describe Nelophobia. Then it will focus on the causes and symptoms of Nelophobia.

Then it will highlight the treatment of Nelophobia, both psychotherapies, and medications.


Nelophobia refers to the irrational fear of glass, someone suffering from this disorder experiences a high amount of anxiety with the mere thought of glass.

It can be developed in childhood itself, either because of the genetic factors or because of the environmental factors.

Some previous traumatic experiences with glass can contribute to this disorder.

Someone suffering from Nelophobia might find difficulty in day to day life as he might have to see and come into contact with the glass every now and then.

Glass is one of the primary things everybody uses on their windows, cars have glasses, exterior houses have glass and even people prefer dishes of glasses.

In the midst of it if someone develops Nelophobia then it might become difficult for the person to survive with the people around. 

This might lead to the avoidance of people in everyday life, they make themselves isolated from the world and this might eventually develop some other mental disorders like Depression.


The main symptom of Nelophobia that can be experienced by the patients is extreme anxiety from the mere thought of glasses.

Other symptoms might include the continuous avoidance of public places and even people so that they don’t get into contact with the glasses in any case.

It is also possible for the people suffering from Nelophobia to develop an additional mental disorder like OCD or GAD or even Depression

Some common symptoms of Nelophobia are:

  • Severe anxiety from the mere thought of glasses.
  • Anxiety when seeing any glass
  • Breathlessness, high blood pressure
  • Sweating, trembling, muscle tension
  • Panic attacks
  • Continuous avoidance of any glass or even people as a matter of fact


There is no particular cause that has been found so far for Nelophobia. Although genetics and environmental factors play an important role in developing Nelophobia.

If someone has a family history of having anxiety or phobia or any other mental illness, there are high chances of him developing Nelophobia.

Past experiences and traumatic events i the past also play an important role in this.

Childhood trauma like injury from glass or seeing someone hurt or injured from glass or if lost someone from the injury of glass may develop Nelophobia. 


There is no particular treatment for Nelophobia has been found, though treatments for other anxiety disorder and phobias can be helpful in treating Nelophobia.


  • Talk Therapy:

Talk therapy helps the client in letting out all the negative thoughts and emotions and helps in dealing with a particular problem.

  • Meditation and Mindfulness:

Meditation and mindfulness help the client in being in the present and the awareness of all the senses.

The meditation process helps in focusing and enhancing the inner self and helps from coming out of Nelophobia.

  • Relaxation Therapy:

Relaxation Therapy, on the other hand, can be very helpful with these patients as it helps in calming down the racing of thoughts.

JPMR helps a person in focusing on his breathing and his one muscle at a time, which helps the client in letting go of the negative thoughts of being forgotten and the focus stays on himself only.

This helps in the long run with acceptance.

CBT is one of the best Therapy which focuses and challenges the negative automatic thoughts and it has proven to be helpful with all kinds of anxiety and phobias and it can be helpful with Nelophobia as well. 


  • Antidepressants:

These medicines are not only used for the patients suffering from depression or have a comorbidity of depression, but it also helps with the patients suffering from anxiety and phobias as well.

  • Anti-anxiety medicines:

These medicines help the client in controlling the symptoms of anxiety but it cannot cure the phobia.

To get a cure from phobia one has to mix the treatment of medications with the psychotherapy.

Although one must not take any medication without consulting with the Doctor.


This blog has been briefly described Nelophobia. Then it has focused on the causes and symptoms of Nelophobia.

Then it has highlighted treatment of Nelophobia, both psychotherapies, and medications.

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What is Nelophobia?

Nelophobia is the fear of glass.

What is the fear of broken glass called?

The fear of broken glass is spasmenagaliaphobia.

Is there a phobia of glass?

A phobia of glass is known as Nelophobia.


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