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Pentheraphobia is the fear of your mother-in-law.
The origin of the word penthera is Greek (meaning mother-in-law) and phobia is Greek (meaning fear).
Pentheraphobia is considered to be a specific phobia. People with this phobia might also have issues with Vitricophobia (fear of your step-father), Novercaphobia (fear of your step-mother), and Soceraphobia (fear of your parents-in-law).
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.
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. .
Can I take medicine?
Medicine can be prescribed, but please note that these medications can have side effects and/or withdrawal systems that can be severe.
It is also important to note that medicines do not cure phobias, at best they only temporarily suppress the systems. However, there are other treatments for phobias which does not involve taking drugs.
This include counseling, hypnotherapy, psychotherapy, and Neuro-Linguistic programming.