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Electrophobia is the fear of electricity. The cause of electrophobia is usually a traumatic past experiences with electricity, include getting shocked, be it just a small voltage shock that scared them, or getting electrocuted and experiencing getting burns or other more serious injuries. Some might have seen on TV or have read in the news about people getting killed because of accidental electrocution. Also, people might have seen on TV people getting killed by the electric chair thus this fear develops. Another, more natural cause of electrophobia is getting struck by lightning or hearing about others who got struck by it.

Electrophobic sufferers will try not to use electricity as much as possible. They would opt to live in houses with very few electrical appliances, chop up vegetables using the chopping board and knife instead of using an electric chopper, and may prefer to write stuff using a pen instead of typing it on the computer and just printing them.

Electrophobes will feel extreme anxiety when using things powered by electricity. They will refuse to plug the television and other appliances and may exhibit symptoms of anxiety if forced to do so. Psychotherapy may be needed in some patients and medications may be needed for those who are unable to function in the society.

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