What Is Megalophobia And How Can I Conquer It?

By William Drake|Updated April 13, 2022
CheckedMedically Reviewed By Whitney White, MS. CMHC, NCC., LPC

If you feel nervous around large buildings and stay inside your house to avoid them, you might have megalophobia. Similarly, if you have a fear of large objects in the night sky, or if you can’t go near an airport because the size of airplanes makes you want to vomit, megalophobia can also be at play. Megalophobia is the fear of large objects. It is a serious phobia that has the potential to keep you from leading a normal life if left untreated. This article will give you more information about the irrational fear of large objects and how you can conquer it.The Full Range of Objects Involved in Megalophobia

Learn How To Cope With Megalophobia

As I stated above, megalophobia is the fear of large objects. Now that you know the definition, you may be asking, “What type of objects do people experiencing megalophobia fear?” That is a brilliant question! People with megalophobia will often fear almost anything much larger than they are. This can range from something the size of a boat to something like a skyscraper and everything in between. A telltale sign of megalophobia is that any large object makes the person with the phobia feel nervous and scared.

That said, it’s easy to misdiagnose yourself. For example, let’s imagine that you’re terrified of large lizards and snakes. That must be megalophobia, right? Not so fast. If you’re only afraid of reptiles, you may have herpetophobia. In this case, you would want to understand if your irrational fear includes smaller versions of this object. If you’re not afraid of small reptiles, you may have a mix of herpetophobia and megalophobia. However, it’s very important to get diagnosed by a mental health professional before seeking out cures for specific phobias. You always want to make sure you’re working on the right phobia. Once the specific phobia is diagnosed, the most effective treatment options tailored to that specific area can be implemented. Phobias can be confusing, especially since there may be some overlap, but we hope this article eases some of your confusion.

What Type of Symptoms Will Someone With Megalophobia Experience?

People with megalophobia may experience a host of mental and physical symptoms when they’re around large objects. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Sweaty or shaky hands (and other body parts)
  • Upset stomach and nausea
  • Heart palpitations
  • Hyperventilation and shortness of breath
  • Chest pains
  • Dizziness
  • Panic attacks
  • Intense feelings of stress and terror

As these symptoms persist, the person with megalophobia may develop other mental illnesses due to their phobia, such as depression and anxiety, which often coexist. To prevent this from occurring, seek immediate treatment if you think you might have megalophobia. If additional problems have already developed, getting treatment is even more important.

What Causes Megalophobia Symptoms?

Like many other phobias, megalophobia often develops because of a traumatic event during childhood or early adulthood. These traumatic events often involve a large object, so the person experiencing the phobia has mentally associated all large objects with terror and trauma. If you’re struggling with megalophobia, you must uncover this event in therapy so that you can heal. Processing this event will help you understand the root of your fears, which is the first step in overcoming them.

How Do I Conquer My Symptoms & Fear of Large Objects?

First, know that you should work with a mental health professional to overcome megalophobia instead of treating it on your own. If you happen to push yourself too far in trying, or if you experience another traumatic moment while you’re facing a large object, you may delay your recovery or make it even more challenging.

With that in mind, let’s talk about some of the treatment methods that may be used in therapy to help you recover from your irrational fear of large objects. For example, if your condition is severe, your therapist may suggest medication to reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety as you work through your fears. (Always consult with your doctor before starting any medication.) In addition, there are many methods that a therapist may consider to help you overcome megalophobia. These include:

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  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – The therapist will help you realize why your fears are unrealistic and then will help you replace your fears with realistic thoughts. Research has shown this to be an effective treatment of phobias and this diagnosis of megalophobia.
  • Systematic Desensitization – You’ll be exposed to your fears via imaginary and real situations to reduce your symptoms over time gradually.
  • Relaxation Techniques – Along with your regular course of therapy, your therapist will teach you relaxation techniques to help you feel more comfortable around the objects you fear when you’re out in the world. Research has shown that a combination of CBT and relaxation techniques effectively reduced symptoms of the worry associated with phobias.
  • Flooding – This therapeutic method exposes a patient to their fears so that they can face them. However, a therapist will never use a therapeutic method that you’re uncomfortable with.

If your phobia has created additional issues in your life, you’ll work through these problems in therapy as well. The good news is that you can overcome your phobia. With time and dedication, you can learn to be around large objects without experiencing anxiety. Depending on your unique situation, the process may be quick, or it may take a while. But you don’t have to do it alone, nor should you. Mental health professionals are knowledgeable about phobias and the most effective treatment methods. They will also gauge the pace of treatment and step back when necessary if it becomes overwhelming. Get help today so that you can overcome megalophobia as soon as possible.

Are you looking to recover but have no idea where to start the healing journey? If so, you may want to visit BetterHelp, the world’s largest online counseling platform. It’s dedicated to providing visitors with accessible, affordable, and convenient online counseling.

One study showed that internet-based activities increased patient satisfaction in phobia-specific treatments. Patients needed fewer face-to-face sessions, which resulted in a reduction of total treatment cost and increased recovery speed. This study suggests that online treatment for phobias may be a valuable addition to psychotherapy (also known as talk therapy).

However, many people with phobias have trouble signing up for therapy or visiting the therapist’s office. Commuting to an appointment might be especially challenging or anxiety-provoking for individuals with megalophobia, as they may encounter large objects they fear along the way. Online counseling makes the process easier because you can talk to your therapist from the comfort and privacy of a familiar setting − your own home, with no traveling required. Below you’ll find reviews of BetterHelp counselors from people experiencing similar issues.

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“Oliver touches lives. He is a true empath; who isn’t afraid of focusing so intently and investing so generously in his clients. I feel like Oliver has done MUCH more for me than I had hoped – he exceeded all my expectations, helped me cope, and his words and logic resound so strongly with me. His impact is lifelong, and I truly am grateful for him and his methods. Thank you, Oliver!”

 “Susan is a caring and thoughtful person, and I could not recommend more. She is an excellent listener and provides helpful advice without sounding procedural/clinical. Perhaps it is because she has such an excellent sense of empathy, but I always truly feel understood by her. While I have told her some things I’m certainly not proud of – I’ve never felt judged. I’m picky with who I share my story with, and I’m so happy that I found her! She has helped me so much over the past year, and I would give her 15 stars in a 5 star review. She listens and is there to hear it all, the good, the bad, and the ugly, but always manages to provide thoughtful responses and somehow…. sprinkle light into some dark situations. Our discussion has taught me a lot, and I highly recommend speaking with her. Thank you, Susan.”

Conclusion

Conquering a phobia can be difficult, but with the help of an empathetic and experienced therapist, you can overcome megalophobia and begin to live a life without fear consuming you. Connecting with someone well-versed in various types of phobias and knows which treatment methods are the most effective and well-researched is the best thing you can do to improve your quality of life. Take the first step by visiting BetterHelp today.

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