Treating Anemophobia - Ending Fear of the Wind & Fear of Drafts

Published: 15th January 2010
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Anemophobia - aka ancraophobia - is an irrational fear of the wind or of drafty, windy places

Regardless of the name used, this all too little-recognized fear can be really incapacitating for those who suffer from it.

Often this phobia simply becomes worse as time passes and, left untreated, it can significantly impact on the person's quality of life.

Indeed, it can severely restrict so many of the normal activities that most people simply take for granted.

Not only can this phobia produce fear of the outdoors and of open windows, where wind and drafts might usually be expected to occur, but it can also produce really intense feelings of anxiety in apparently unrelated situations such as when passing a functioning hand dryer in a public toilet or when seated in an airplane with the overhead air vents blowing.

Though each person experiencing anemophobia does so in their own way, generally speaking the symptoms of this phobia are similar to those of other anxiety disorders.

These symptoms may include rapid breathing and shortness of breath, dry mouth, increased heartbeat, feelings of nausea and dread.

In severe cases of wind fear, anxiety can easily escalate into panic, thereby producing what is commonly referred to as a 'panic attack'.

But nobody was born with this fear. For it to be activated, it first has to be acquired.

In truth, fear of the wind can almost always be traced back to a negative experience in the person's past - which may or may not be recalled by the conscious mind - and which has been 'imprinted' on the subconscious mind.

Most often the person experiencing this phobia has found themself in a situation where the wind or draft has been blowing and where they felt real fear.

The specific experience has somehow become linked will all wind or drafts, in what is called a generalized conditioned response.

All too often, the person experiencing this disorder knows very well that it is irrational, but this knowledge does very little to help.

The medical approach is often to prescribe anti-anxiety medication or to refer the patient for cognitive behavioral therapy in an attempt to manage symptoms.

This however, is a bit like suggesting that someone learn to live with an elephant in the living room. How much better it would be to simply evict the elephant!

Because this fear springs from the individual's subconscious, it is there that we must look for its remedy.

And this is where modern advanced hypnotherapy can be of tremendous help and assistance.

Through the correct application of modern advanced hypnotherapy, the skilled therapist can reach down into the subconcious mind and uncover those beliefs that are causing and sustaining this fear.

Once accomplished, those beliefs can be corrected and replaced with realistic ones, so that the person is freed to resume their life in a normal manner - free of the anxiety with which they have lived for so long.

There is no real need to continue to suffer from this incapacitating and frustrating fear.

If you - or someone near to you - is experiencing the terrible discomfort and anxiety of anemophobia, ancraophobia, fear of the wind or fear of drafts, do not give up hope. Help is available.

Seek out an experienced and fully qualified advanced transformational hypnotherapist who has experience in successfully treating this issue and free yourself from the anxiety and fear of anemophobia once and for all.

You'll be really glad you did!


One of the foremost British hypno-psychotherapists, with busy clinics in both Birmingham and London, England, Peter Field is the author of numerous articles on psychotherapy, hypnosis and health. Peter's unique self hypnosis downloads and CDs are now available. For more of his interesting articles and help with anemophobia - fear of the wind please visit his therapy website.

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