Thorophobia: The Surprising Fear of Cheese

Turophobia is a disorder that attracts the attention of many people who wonder  if they can really be afraid of cheese .

Truth be told, the nature of food fear is very complex.

What is Turophobia

Turophobia is, plain and simple, the fear of cheese. To the surprise of locals and strangers, a food is capable of producing panic instead of the experiment of a certain rejection that could be understood before cheese or any other food product.

What we are alluding to is not a matter related to tastes or intolerances but rather to  a full-blown phobia that has to be treated .

The fear of cheese, in any of its variants, and  even its smell , is an alteration that can condition the life of those who suffer from it, especially in its social aspect.

Although there are occasions when it is very easy to find the stimulus that causes the phobia, this is not the case in the case at hand.

You have to start from the basis of how problematic it is when carrying out a satisfactory social life, the fact that even the smell of cheese is the trigger for an anxiety attack.

What causes these types of phobias

The two main causes to which the development of this phobia is most often attributed are anxiety disorder and conditioning:

The  anxiety disorder  creates the specter of fear that, if not treated, they end up expanding over time.

Living with anxiety means doing it in a constant dangerous situation in which any stimulus can be considered a threat. The fact that the trigger for the phobia is a fear does not detract from it.

The  conditioning  takes place because a traumatic experience has occurred in relation to the stimulus that triggers the phobia, which in this case is none other than cheese.

Symptoms of a Turnophobic Person

The individual who suffers from this phobia conceives as something totally unthinkable to eat cheese in any of its varieties.

Do not forget that there are many dishes that have cheese among their ingredients and that, as it is not a common phobia at all, this extreme will not be taken into account by the person who makes the invitation.

Now the problem goes much further, because what we are referring to is not a phobia that is limited to not being able to eat this food, but anxiety symptoms also appear when they smell it and  even when they imagine it!

Thus, the consequent rejection of invitations to go out is explained when they contemplate the idea that this dairy may be present at the table they are going to share.

Among the most frequent symptoms that a turobophic presents when exposed are:

  • Panic attacks
  • Dizziness
  • Sickness
  • Distorted thoughts
  • Palpitations
  • Feeling of unreality

As if all this were not enough, we must also contemplate the situation of helplessness that such a disproportionate fear makes the person feel due to feeling authentic aversion towards what for others is a delicacy.

How to overcome cheese phobia

The object of the treatment of thorophobia is not aimed at the subject being able to eat cheese in the future, but at the ” avoidance” of the development of other emotional disorders  associated with phobias, thus to ensure the cessation of wear and tear of the emotional health of those who suffer from it, also saving them the social and psychological consequences of a fear that they cannot curb.

To achieve this, nothing better than attending a psychological consultation in which to be able to put into practice what is known as  cognitive-behavioral therapy .

Not surprisingly, it has been found that this type of therapy achieves the transformation of distorted thinking that leads to the consideration of cheese as a danger, thus achieving a change in behavior.

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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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