Osmophobia in the world where we live is full of different types of smells, some pleasant such as sweet smells, other acids, some smells are of wood and others of humid forest, even disgusting smells that cause nausea, such as the smell of garbage, stagnant waters, animal and human feces, among others.

In some cases, smells can take us to specific moments in our past, such as childhood, there are people who smell chocolate are transported to their childhood or simply smells can help us detect possible risks such as the smell of gas or to smoke.


Smells also serve to identify people, in the event that someone uses the same perfume every day it becomes part of their being, and that person will be identified by that smell.

Smell is one of the senses that has allowed man to evolve, as it allows us to capture molecules dissolved in the air to be processed and identified in our brain and in one way or another verifies its state.

For example, when eating food, the state of decomposition has a characteristic odor, if man had not developed the sense of smell it would not be possible to identify substances that may be harmful to his health.

There are people who, for some strange reason, unconsciously certain smells can generate fear or anxiety, this disorder is called osmophobia.

Osmophobia can be defined as the persistent fear, aversion or psychological hypersensitivity to smell or to certain aromas.

The origin of this word is Greek, from the words osmos ( smells ) and phobia ( fear ).

Phobias are often caused by the combination of external agents, such as lived experiences or by internal agents related to genetic predispositions, and osmophobia is no exception to this.

This phobia can be developed from a traumatic event in the early age of the people who present it, or by simply the combination of certain substances related to the chemistry of the brain combined with lived experiences.


Osmophobia generates a migraine symptom that may be accompanied by other symptoms such as:

  • Panic is an extremely irrational fear that is considered relatively abnormal and in this case, it will be actions such as breathing or smelling.
  • Difficulty breathing, this can really represent an emergency situation that can be lethal and the immediate intervention of fragrance inhibitors that cause ailment in the person is important.
  • Anxiety, feeling of uncontrolled anguish at the capture of smells.


Treatment for osmophobia can be varied and will depend on how strong the fear is ; There are therapies that aim to make the individual face their fear progressively by coming into contact with their phobia from a minimum degree to a high degree, so that the symptoms gradually decrease or are eradicated from the person.

Some people acquire this phobia due to traumatic events that occurred in the past, mainly in childhood, this person may have felt intimidated by a statue or perhaps they used it to scare him.

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Alexa Clark specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has experience in listening and welcoming in Individual Therapy and Couples Therapy. It meets demands such as generalized anxiety, professional, love and family conflicts, stress, depression, sexual dysfunction, grief, and adolescents from 15 years of age. Over the years, She felt the need to conduct the psychotherapy sessions with subtlety since She understands that the psychologist acts as a facilitator of self-understanding and self-acceptance, valuing each person's respect, uniqueness, and acceptance.

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