Do you easily get triggered when you see extremely large objects such as enormous buildings or trucks and large animals? And are you not able to control your emotions and anxiety when you come across these kinds of objects? (These can be signs of Megalophobia). Then this article is for you. In this article, you will learn how to conquer over this fear.
An Overview of Phobia
Phobia: It is an extreme, irrational, and persistent fear from any situation, object, or activity. When you experience phobia from anything, it can trigger your anxiety and can give you panic attacks when you experience an encounter with that specific thing. Phobia is always associated with any specific thing, unlike generalized anxiety disorder. In generalized anxiety disorder, a person experience anxiety over every small thing but this thing is different in the case of phobias. In the initial days, the impact of phobia is generally a mere annoying behavior but as the fear increases, it can disturb your life to that point that you won’t be able to focus on your daily routine. It can cause interference with your school and work life. Phobias can also have an impact on your relationships and personal life.
Types of phobia
There are three main types of phobias namely; agoraphobia, social phobia, and specific phobia.
Agoraphobia: It is an excessive and uncontrollable fear from specific situations such as being locked in an elevator or fear from a specific means of transport. In this fear, the sufferer thinks that if they are stuck in the situation, it is unable for them to escape from that situation.
Social Phobia: It is an extreme fear of meeting new people or attending any public event or a fear of public speaking
Specific Phobia: It is an irrational fear of any specific object or situation that is not actually dangerous in real. Megalophobia comes under this category.
What Is Megalophobia?
If you feel anxious when you come across enormous objects and you feel all sweaty and nervous while thinking of large objects, then you might have Megalophobia. It is categorized as an anxiety disorder. Basically, Megalophobia is an irrational fear of large objects like enormous buildings, giant animals, and giant water bodies. In Megalophobia when you see massive objects, thoughts like that building will fall upon you and you will drown in this deep-sea come in your mind and you are not able to control these thoughts.
What Are the Causes of Megalophobia
However, the exact cause of Megalophobia is not discovered yet but here we will discuss some of the factors that may be the reason for this disease.
Your genetics is a predisposing factor. You are likely to get Megalophobia or any other anxiety disorder/ phobia if anyone belonging to your family has suffered or is suffering from any psychiatric disease.
Traumatic Experience related to childhood
Most of the psychological disorders can be linked back to any traumatic experience that the sufferer has experienced in his childhood or early years of adulthood because our personality is mainly developed in the first 18 years of our life. In the case of Megalophobia, the sufferer may have seen some destruction caused by any massive object in his childhood, or he/ she may have seen someone drowning in an intensely deep sea. Megalophobia involves negative experiences related to large objects so whenever you see them, you keep reminding of those experiences and this can trigger your panic attacks.
Alcohol or Drug abuse
Studies have shown that substance abuse can increase the risk of developing any psychiatric disease such as anxiety disorder or paranoia. Stats show that alcoholics are more prone to develop phobias as compared to a normal individual who does not do any drugs or consume alcohol.
Any mishappening that occurs during the development of the brain or at the time of birth like low oxygen delivery to the brain or any trauma that has occurred to the brain can contribute to the psychological disorder such as Megalophobia
Psychological causes such as physical or emotional abuse and things like getting less attention from the parents and getting neglecting all the time can be contributing factors. In these conditions, the sufferer keep on suffering on its own and he/ she keep their secrets to themselves because they think that no one is going to listen to them
Brain Defects or Brain Injury
Anything that is causing problems to the brain and changing its normal functioning can be contributing factor in mental illnesses.
What Are the Symptoms of Megalophobia?
Normally the symptoms appear when you come across large objects. But with some people, the symptoms manifest even when they are thinking about large objects. Standing near a large building, the sufferer will think that the building will fall upon him and he is going to be collapsed and no one will save him from this situation while on the other side a normal person would not feel the same and he will not think fearful thoughts about the building. Here we will discuss some of the symptoms that appear during a panic attack that is caused by Megalophobia
- Increased heart rate (tachycardia) along with sweating, palpitations, and mild chest pain
- GIT problems such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and upset stomach
- Shortness of breath (dyspnoea) and hyperventilation
- Shivering or shaking of hands and hands often become sweaty
- Panicking or crying along with confusion
- CNS symptoms such as nervousness and dizziness
- Being numb or being cold
- An intense feeling of terror and stress
Some Common Triggers
Megalophobia can be related to other psychological disorders such as generalized anxiety disorders and other types of phobias. Megalophobia can be triggered when the sufferer comes across large objects or even when they think about such large objects. Some of the triggering objects are listed below.
- Large vehicles such as monster trucks, airplanes, and cargo planes
- Army equipments such as explosive tanks and large weapons
- Large animals such as elephants, whales, and giraffes
- Enormous statues and sculptures
- Construction equipments
- Bodies of water such as dams, lakes, and ocean
- Large buildings
The Consequences of Megalophobia
Megalophobia will have a huge impact on a person’s daily life. There are large vehicles in which we travel on a daily basis, the sufferer will try his best to avoid those situations (getting in contact with large things), by doing this he/ she will compromise on his/ her daily work or school life. The sufferer may feel difficulty in mixing with people that are his family or friends because he will think that no one is going to understand his situation. By that time, the affected person will lose self-esteem and self-confidence. If the person suffering from Megalophobia works at such a place that involves getting in contact with large pieces of machinery, he will not be able to do that job.
The Association of Megalophobia with Other Diseases
A person suffering from Megalophobia is likely to have any other psychological disorder. As we have discussed earlier, if a person is suffering from any phobia, chances are he might be suffering from any other anxiety disorder. As all these psychological disorders might be interconnected, it is difficult to locate the root cause of many psychological disorders. In this case, the history taking will help diagnose the root cause of the psychological disorder
Generally, the person who is suffering from Megalophobia will be well aware of their anxieties. When you visit a psychologist, he will make history and will ask questions about what are the things that you fear. He will ask questions about your family to know if there is any connection with genetics. The psychologist will try to assess the cause of your problem and will suggest some therapies and medications that we are going to discuss later in our article. There are no specific tests to know if you are suffering from which phobia. The diagnosis is all confirmed by history taking.
How to Conquer the Fear of Megalophobia
If you are suffering from Megalophobia or any other psychological disorder, it is better to take help from any professional healthcare specialist. Because the healthcare specialist will dig deep and find the root cause of your problem and will suggest the treatment according to it. But if you are confident enough that you can solve your problem on your own, then here are some tips to manage your anxiety related to large objects.
Try to Adopt Healthy Routine
Keeping yourself healthy can reduce the risk of many diseases. It is estimated by many researchers and has been proved in many scientific studies. To keep yourself healthy you need to focus on what you are eating; try to avoid fats, sugars, and processed foods as much as you can. Learn basic yoga techniques. Yoga will help your mind and body to relax a little bit and it can increase the oxygen delivery to your lungs that will make you feel fresh. You can also add simple exercises to your daily routine or you may go for a long walk in the early morning. When you experience a panic attack, you can try breathing exercises. Breathing exercises will help you to relax and keep yourself concentrated.
Visualize Your Fears and Keep Yourself Exposed to Them
Many persons who suffer from Megalophobia or any other fear, try to avoid the triggering factors as much as they can but it will only worsen the condition. When you expose yourself repeatedly to the triggering factors chances are you might not feel the same fear every time. The fear will subside on repeated exposures. You can start this technique by simply visualizing your fears and thinking about what makes them so uncontrollable when you come near to your triggers.
Socialize and Talk to the People Who Care About You
When you share your problems with the trusted ones, you feel a lot more relaxed. Sharing your problems with like-minded people can help lessen your burden. Try to socialize with your friends and family and try to talk to them about your problems.
Treatments of Megalophobia
Here are a few treatment options
Robert Ovington –The Remote Spiritual Healer of Aboriginal Descent (voutopia.com) has helped so many individuals that were dealing with various phobias, anxiety disorder, and depressive disorders and they have successfully benefited from the healing techniques and are now living their life normally and peacefully. Here we will tell you a few techniques that they use in their healing.
We can date back crystal healing to Greek periods and up to now; we have seen so many benefits of crystal healing. In this technique, the crystals are placed all over the body or sometimes specific parts of the body to heal the individual. From these crystals, a specific type of positive energy is generated that is used to treat the person who is suffering from Megalophobia.
Chakras are concerned with the emotional, physical, and mental health of a person. They heal the person by improving their chakras. With the help of these chakras, the healer will recognize and try to treat different types of fears like the fear of large objects (Megalophobia).
In this technique, they replace the negative energies of a person with the positive energies. The positive energies that are generated by the healer from these healing techniques help the patients of Megalophobia to eradicate the fear of large objects.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has proven to be the best treatment option for anxiety disorders and many phobias such as Megalophobia. The therapist will try to replace your unrealistic thoughts with the real ones following the technique of cognitive-behavioral therapy.
In this technique, the therapist will slowly introduce the patient to their fears and tell them to expose themselves to their fears. This technique has also helped so many individuals to fight their fears.
There are so many medicines that are used to treat phobias such as Megalophobia and other anxiety disorders but anxiolytics like beta-blockers and benzodiazepines are mostly prescribed by healthcare professionals. The medicines should only be taken upon the prescription of a health care specialist as causing alterations in their doses can lead to other various problems