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Nephophobia (from Greek nephos, "clouds") is the fear of clouds. Presence of clouds or even taking pictures of clouds can cause anxiety. The fear maybe developed from traumatic events in the past, or even due to heredity or genetics.
An important cause of nephophobia is that clouds can potentially bring storms that can cause damage, destruction, injuries, or deaths. People who is ombrophobic (fearing rain), ceraunophobic (fearing lightning and thunder), lilapsophobic (fearing tornadoes and hurricanes), chionophobic (fearing snow), or nebulaphobic (fearing fog) can also suffer from nephophobia because clouds can produce those fearful things. Sometimes people get nephophobia from experiencing particularly ominous clouds, such as mammatus or asperitas.
Sufferers of nephophobia may have lack of breath, dry mouth, nausea, rapid heartbeat, trembling, anxiety, worry, feeling of panic, terror, or dread, and extreme avoidance. Many sufferers are eager to look at the clouds frequently, and when in panic will not go outside with clouds in the sky. Many nephophobic people may want to move to areas where there is less cloud cover on average. Some nephophobic people believe that clouds are the building blocks of doom, causing panic, while others believe that a cloud may fall onto their head.
This phobia is treated in the similar way as most other phobias, including exposure therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychotherapy, relaxation therapy, and anti-anxiety meditation. One of the best self-treatment method is learning more about the cloud behavior, including that most clouds do not bring danger and the right conditions needed for the development of storms. When dark clouds approach, they can manage fear by interacting with each other in a support group.
|Aestophobia (fear of hot weather) · Agripyrophobia (fear of wildfires) · Anemophobia (fear of winds) · Antlophobia (fear of flooding) · Ariditaphobia (fear of droughts) · Ceraunophobia (fear of thunder and lightning) · Chionophobia (fear of snow) · Chionothyellaphobia (fear of blizzards) · Cyclonophobia (fear of tropical cyclones) · Cymophobia (fear of waves) · Frigoriphobia (fear of cold weather) · Grandophobia (fear of hail) · Homichlophobia (fear of fog) · Humidophobia (fear of humidity) · Nephophobia (fear of clouds) · Nivisphobia (fear of avalanches) · Ombrophobia (fear of rain) · Pluvifrigophobia (fear of freezing rain) · Tempestaphobia (fear of storms) · Serenophobia (fear of fair weather) · Turbophobia (fear of tornadoes)|