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What are some strange phobias?

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Some uncommon phobias include coulrophobia, somniphobia, xanthophobia, turophobia, omphalophobia, hylophobia, ombrophobia, nomophobia, uranophobia, papaphobia, trypophobia, pogonophobia and triskaidekaphobia, according to an article in The Telegraph. These types of phobias are known as specific phobias, and are characterized by an irrational fear. They are categorized as anxiety disorders, according to the Office of Women's Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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As Right Diagnosis explains, ombrophobia is a fear of rain or of being rained on. The Telegraph article explains that papaphobia is fear of the pope, and may be related to hierophobia, a fear of holy people or things, and the similar phobia hagiophobia. Pogonophobia describes an irrational fear of beards. As with other types of phobias, symptoms of pogonophobia include panic attacks, nausea, diarrhea, problems breathing, numbness, lightheadness and dizzyness, according to WebMD. Another strange phobia listed by WebMD is myxophobia, which is characterized as a fear of slime. The phobia triskaidekaphobia is a fear of the number 13. As WebMD explains, treatment for phobias such as triskaidekaphobia may include medication, cognitive behavioral therapy and relaxation techniques. Additional strange phobias include nomophobia, which is the fear of being without mobile devices or coverage; omphalophobia, which is fear of the navel or bellybutton; coulrophobia, which is a fear of clowns; and xanthophobia, which is a fear of the color yellow.

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