The irrational fear of large objects is called megalophobia. If you feel anxious by the thought and sight of large objects then chances are you might have megalophobia. Megalophobia links back with underlying anxiety or it can be a manifestation of some psychological disorder. Megalophobia is a combination of two words which are mega and phobia; mega means large and phobia means intense fear. Sometimes, the sight or thought of the large objects makes you so nervous that it is unable to take control of your anxiousness. If the megalophobia goes overboard, it can affect your daily life, which is why you should find ways to cope with it. Although this phobia can disturb your life it can be managed by giving time and effort.
What Can Trigger Your Megalophobia?
Some people get triggered by all kinds of large objects but some people’s fear can be around specific large objects. There is a wide variety of large objects by which people get triggered such as large animals and enormous man-made things (like buildings, submarines, etc).
Some of the examples of triggers of megalophobia are listed below
- Hills and mountains
- Massive submarines
- Large animals (like whales and elephants)
- Monuments, statues, and sculptures
- Helicopters and airplanes
- Large mines and buildings
- Different pieces of equipment for construction
- Massive yachts, boats, and ships
- Large bodies of water (oceans, lakes, dams, etc)
- Huge vehicles (like buses, trucks, and trains)
Symptoms That Appear In The Presence Of Large Objects
People having megalophobia may show some of these symptoms when they are in the presence of large objects. Sometimes, these giant objects can trigger anxiety attacks in persons having megalophobia.
The symptoms include
- Increased heart rate (tachycardia)
- Shortness of breath (dyspnea) and hyperventilation
- Shivering or shaking
- Being numb or being cold
- Panicking or crying
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and upset stomach (because of increased GIT motility)
- Chest pain (mild)
- Hands keep shaking and become sweaty
In severe cases, megalophobia can disturb your daily life routine, so it is better to consult a health care professional if you are having all or some of these symptoms
Some Words about Phobia
The intense, irrational, and uncontrollable fear from some objects, animals, human beings, or situations is called phobia.
For some people, those things or situations will be normal and those who are battling with any phobia will lose their cool in the presence of those triggers. They will acknowledge that the triggering object is not so harmful but still won’t be able to control their thoughts/ feelings.
These phobias can be linked back to the traumatic experience faced by the sufferer. For example, if someone has fallen from a height or has seen someone falling from the height, the chances are that he/ she will develop a fear of heights (Acrophobia) in his/ her near future.
The key difference between fear and phobia is that phobias can disturb your daily life and the chances of having anxiety attacks increases.
How to Cope With Megalophobia?
Here are some ways that will help you to manage your anxiety related to large objects
1. Expose yourself to your fears
While it seems an easy way to battle your anxiety by avoiding the triggers (large objects), but it is not helpful in the long run. It is better to expose yourself to large objects, by the time your anxiety will go away little by little.
Visualizing and thinking about your fears will help to improve your anxiety and by doing this multiple times you will be relaxed when you come in contact with the real triggers.
3. Try Stress Relieving Techniques
Breathing exercises can help focus on one thing at a time. These also help to control your racing thoughts and can help you to keep yourself concentrated.
Yoga and other body and mind exercises can help you keep your mind stress-free.
4. Keep Yourself Healthy
By eating a healthy diet and keeping yourself physically active can solve many of the problems related to stress and anxiety.
Connecting with people that have similar problems like you and sharing your thoughts and problems with your friends and family can help to lessen your burden
Treatment of Megalophobia
These are some of some treatment options
1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive-behavioral therapy has proven to be the best technique to treat phobias such as megalophobia. In this technique, the therapist will help you realize that your fears are unreal and try to replace your unrealistic thoughts with real ones.
2. Relaxation Techniques
Relaxing techniques along with the combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy have shown great results in improving phobias. Relaxing techniques will help you to keep calm and comfortable around the things that you fear.
3. Medicated Therapy
Medicines like beta-blockers, benzodiazepines, and other anxiolytics can help in treating megalophobia.