n.) an anxiety disorder characterized by extreme and irrational fear of simple things or social situations;
I have a lot of them. The most intense is my fear of water.
HYDROPHOBIA: This is the fear of water. Sea,rivers,lakes are no go areas for me. Let me tell you how this phobia started. As a child, we lived not too far from the River Niger. My primary school was named Santa Maria School,owned by the Catholic Church(Holy Trinity Cathedral). Nkisi is a mini river that flows into the Niger and both were our destination whenever we wanted to watch fishermen or swimmers at work. Then,someone drowned.
At eight years or so,i had this friend,small, quiet and new to our environment. Nkeiru was her name. My name sake. I was at home when news filtered in that Nkeiru had drowned. She went with some other children to the river and she mistakenly stepped in the steep part of the river. Unfortunately,the kids with her did not call out for help immediately. They were trying to rescue her(they were doing this because they have been warned sternly never to go to the river alone and they were all less than nine years). They started crying and shouting later and when the adults came by,Nkeiru was gone.
Any time we were driving past the Niger bridge and I remember what happened,i would start crying profusely. My parents did not understand what I was going through. I was scared by all waters and bridges because I believe the bridge will collapse,our vehicle will fall inside the river and everybody will drown,just like Nkeiru.
Infact,till today,i am still terribly hydrophobic. To tell you how bad it is,i have never set feet near my husband's town's mini river. Also,when I go to any town,i NEVER visit their waters as a sight seeing venue. No matter how beautiful the waves are.
2. FEAR OF FALLING: Sometimes,when you see me walking,i watch the ground I am stepping on (if the ground is uneven)because when I fall down,i really FALL totally. I cannot catch myself when I am falling because I fall completely. Arms flailing,legs thrown apart,head on the ground. That's me baby.
So,what is your phobia? Let us know.