Often people make excuses or make excuses, but they don’t recognize their fear of marriage
Gamophobia is an excessive fear of commitment or marriage. In this case, it is not about the temporary nervousness that comes over someone when he is about to connect his life with another person. It consists of excessive anxiety that can be accompanied by panic attacks.
Like other phobias, there is a fear that goes beyond the limits of the rational. And although it seems unfounded, it becomes so intense that it can be paralyzing. A person may even experience a panic attack.
The main characteristic of gamophobia is the irrational fear of marriage. This is accompanied by another series of traits that are typical of people with this disorder.
Such manifestations are the following:
• Intense emotional response
It is common for the symptoms of gamophobia to manifest themselves when the affected person is faced with a situation where they are asked to consider marriage as an option. This can also happen at the very idea of getting married or seeing another couple that does. This leads to chaotic or unusual behavior that is incomprehensible to others.
• Lack of justification
Those who suffer from this disorder lack the ability to explain why. If asked, they do not find reasons for their behavior or try to minimize it. They often claim that this is a personality trait, but it doesn’t really cause them any problems.
They also often try to avoid any situations and even conversations related to marriage. If they are forced to undergo this, they may have a panic attack. Their fear provokes feelings of guilt and shame.
• Physical manifestations
The anguish and anxiety they experience when faced with marital situations usually manifests itself in a series of physical reactions, such as the following:
• Difficulty breathing
• Excessive sweating
• Sensation of suffocation
• Chest pain
• Digestive problems
• Increase in blood pressure
• Muscle strain
To overcome gamophobia, the first thing you need to do is recognize that you have a problem. Often people make excuses or make excuses, but they don’t recognize their fear of marriage. Therefore, this step is not so easy to take.
Once you have determined that you do have a psychological problem, you should get the help of a professional. There are different types of therapy that can help in these cases.
• Exposure therapy
It is a behavioral psychotherapy that is usually very effective in treating gamophobia.
• Cognitive therapy
This type of psychotherapy focuses more on identifying, analyzing, and correcting misconceptions about marriage.
• Psychodynamic therapy
This type of therapy is based on an open and free conversation about the person’s feelings.
In general, medication does not serve to overcome the phobia as such. However, in some extreme cases they can help mitigate the reactions caused by gamophobia and partially stabilize the mood.