With the prevalence of ads, trailers, reviews, and talk about the Stephen King clown horror movie 'IT,' people who are afraid of clowns are having an especially tough time.
But an Irish clinic is offering to help those struggling with coulrophobia – fear of clowns.
The prefix "coulro" stems from the ancient Greek word for "one who goes on stilts." Coulrophobia symptoms – as with most phobia symptoms – include feelings of dread, sweating, nausea, increased heartbeat, crying or screaming, and intense fear or anger when placed in a situation where a clown or representation of a clown is present.
The D4 Clinic in the Blackrock area of Dublin is offering free online sessions to help people cope with the current clown-mania.
Psychologist and clinical hypnotherapist Jason O’Callaghan told Joe.ie, “Most people can avoid clowns on a day-to-day basis, but with the image on posters, buses, TV and magazines they may find themselves unable to avoid the image of the clown.”
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