Radiophobia

Below you will find more information about Radiophobia from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Radiophobia it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Radiophobia and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Radiophobia comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Radiophobia is a type of phobia characterized by an irrational fear of ionizing radiation. Most commonly, the term is associated with an extreme fear of X-rays. In addition, radiophobia is also used in the context of a neurological disorder, in which case the condition is used to reference a specific phobia such as a general fear of the use of nuclear energy. In general, fear of ionizing radiation may be considered natural or normal, since exposure to radiation poses significant risks to humans. However, the fear may escalate to such a degree that it becomes abnormal and irrational.

Symptoms and Signs

In addition to an extreme fear of radiation and x-rays, common symptoms of radiophobia include excessive sweating, breathlessness, shaking, dry mouth, heart palpitations, inability to speak clearly, fear of dying, paranoia, or even a full blown anxiety attack.

Causes

Extreme radiophobia is often caused by poor information or a lack of understanding of ionizing radiation. More commonly, the phobia may also stem from a personal traumatic experience with radiation in general.

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