Fear of fire
Definition: an excessive and irrational fear of fires, flames, or blazes.
- May feel dizzy, perspire, or queasy whenever they see fire no matter how small and tame the fire is
- May also begin to tremble, lose his/her breath, feel nauseous, feel trapped, have his/her mouth dry, or even faint when around fire
- Wish to stay as far away from fire as possible, and only feel safe when they have done so
Life with Pyrophobia
Treatment of Pyrophobia
One common treatment is Exposure Therapy. Exposure includes first starting with an illustration of fire and then smaller flames such as a lit cigarette and larger flames including a fire in the stove or grill.
Another treatment is finding the root of someone's pyrophobia through talk therapy.
Aside from these other methods, some people with pyrophobia find help by speaking with others who share the same phobia and share their problems as well as their experiences with fire.
One last treatment would be through breathing and hypnotic therapy. Medication can also be used to treat pyrophobia as well as other phobias.
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