To Be Or Not To Bee
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There actually was a day that I was so afraid of bees that I would scream, flap my arms and run like a headless chicken when one would fly at me. Well, to be honest...I still do those things but in order to get the picture...I have managed to tone it down a bit. Some years back I discovered the common denominator of my name and my phobia.
Melissophobia: Fear of bees.
A phobia is an unreasonable sort of fear that can cause avoidance and panic. Phobias are a relatively common type of anxiety disorder. Phobias can be treated with cognitive behavioral therapy using exposure and fear reduction techniques. In many cases, anti-anxiety or anti-depressant medication proves helpful, especially during the early stages of therapy.
The word "melissophobia" comes from the Greek "melissa" meaning bee + phobia from the Greek "phobos" meaning fear = literally, fear of bee(s). Melissophobia is also known as apiphobia.
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