What is Dystychiphobia?

Dystychiphobia is the fear of accidents.

People with this fear worry they might hurt themselves or someone else. They also fear causing property damage. The origin of the word dys is Greek (meaning bad), tych is Greek (meaning accident) and phobia is Greek (meaning fear).

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. The person will go out of their way to avoid certain situations, eg touching people no matter how slight. Avoid large crowds, or doing anything they would consider hazardous etc.

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