What is it?

Neophobia is a term used to describe an irrational fear of new things or experiences. It is a type of anxiety disorder and can affect people of all ages.

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Signs & symptoms

Neophobia symptoms include:
- Avoidance of new situations, objects or experiences.
- Fear or anxiety when faced with new experiences or situations.
- Physical symptoms like sweating, trembling, rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, and gastrointestinal distress.
- Difficulty adapting to new environments, routines or changes in general.
- May express anxiety, discomfort or worry in social situations.
- May have difficulties in decision-making.


A mental health professional can diagnose neophobia by conducting a psychological evaluation. The evaluation will include an assessment of symptoms, medical history, and family history. The mental health professional may also conduct some standardized psychological tests.


Treatment for neophobia typically involves a combination of therapy and medication. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of therapy that helps people change their negative thoughts and behaviors. Exposure therapy is another treatment option where the person is gradually exposed to new situations or objects to help them overcome their fear. Medication may be prescribed to help manage anxiety symptoms. Antidepressants, anxiolytics, and beta-blockers are some of the medications that may be prescribed.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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