Monday, November 23, 2009

Beware Of Turkey Phobia

MARYSVILLE, Wash. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Thanksgiving (Nov. 26) is a truly terrifying holiday.

At least for those who live with an irrational fear of turkeys, which can lead to intense panic attacks if they come in close contact with a bird – dead, alive, or in photograph form.

Phobia expert Keith Livingston says people can develop a fear of turkeys if they had a traumatic experience with a gobbler in their past, or if someone scared them half to death when they were serving themselves turkey, giving them an “emotional jolt” strong enough that they attach the fear to the meat on their plate.

Some people’s phobia may be so intense that even photos of turkeys scare them, making it hard for them to leave the house at all on Thanksgiving.

If presented with a bird, Livingston says victims will “freak out,” sweating, screaming, running, and having a full-blown panic attack.

He adds, “They feel like they’re going to die, but they don’t usually.”

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