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Pediophobia is the fear of dolls, a branch of automophobia. Since dolls are redirected to children, pediophobia is suffered mainly by children. A person with pediophobia would usually hide any dolls they encounter or refuse to go near them. If they would get near a doll they might feel embarrassment to their reaction, trembling, an elevated heart rate, inability to speak or think clearly, panic, dread, breathlessness, crying, and nausea. In worse cases an individual would have a loss of control or anger, heart palpitations, a sensation of detachment from reality, or a full-blown anxiety attack.

Pediophobia is treated using hypnotherapy, NLP, exposure therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, relaxation stragedies, and medications.

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