Athazagoraphobia can be defined as the fear of being forgotten or ignored. Though rarely publicly expressed, Athazagoraphobia is a relatively common fear.
Athazagoraphobia usually affects two groups of people: those with a mental illness, and those who care for someone with a mental illness. People with dementia, amnesia, Alzheimer’s disease, or another mental illness may feel that they will lose their identity as their condition progresses. Alternatively, loved ones of those who suffer from a mental disease may feel that their loved ones will eventually forget them as their illness progresses. Children can also have Athazagoraphobia, which can be developed if a traumatizing experience happened while they were being ignored or neglected. Most people with Athazagoraphobia tend to feel as though they are “insufficient” or “inadequate,” especially when left alone.
Common symptoms of Athazagoraphobia include:
- Extreme Anxiety
- Rapid Breathing
- Sweating and/or nausea
- Low self-esteem
- Depression or feelings of inadequacy
Many people with Athazagoraphobia believe that taking medicine can relieve them of their fear. However, most medicines have side effects, and cannot relieve symptoms completely. A healthy diet such as one with walnuts, fruits, vegetables, and salmon along with regular exercise can help to prevent age-related memory loss and depression. Those that fear being alone should be able to have someone for support, whether it be a loved one or a friend.