Megalophobia is a fear of large objects. A person with this phobia experiences intense anxiety when thinking of or viewing certain very large objects, such as a cruise ship or a tall statue. Megalophobia is relatively rare, but for those affected, it can become serious enough to interfere with daily life. Megalophobia is not recognized as a disorder in the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), but it shares similarities with other specific phobias.
A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder. The three main types of phobias are specific, social, and agoraphobia. Megalophobia is categorized as the former because the fear focuses on specific objects, much like a fear of snakes, heights, or tunnels. Exposure to large objects causes a person with megalophobia to experience intense anxiety that can include panic attacks.
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