Gamophobia: Here's everything you need to know about it
New Delhi : We've all come across people who are afraid of commitment and run away from it. You might have even dated someone who refused to commit or felt bound by commitments but did you know that there are people who actually suffer from commitment phobia or rather a marriage phobia. There is a difference between people who just avoid commitment and those who begin to feel anxious every time someone talks about marriage. This phobia is known as Gamophobia. This phobia is a fear of commitment accompanied by an inability to maintain relationships and it comes with certain psychological and physical symptoms. Gamophobia can often lead to anxiety or panic attacks as well.
There are numerous causes of gamophobia which include, negative past experiences, depression, history of mental illness, fear of abandonment, insecurity, childhood trauma. Aside from this, gamophobia is also accompanied by symptoms like nausea, chest pain, dizziness, loss of control, anxiety, panic, hyperventilating, aggression, repetitive behaviour and other such symptoms.
This phobia can make people feel trapped and troubled and it is essential that people with gamophobia seek help. The first step is getting diagnosed. It is also important that people with gamophobia learn to manage relationships with the help of different types of therapies and get over their phobia and move on.
For people who are already in a relationship and fear marriage, it is important to understand that just because things went sideways in your past relationship, it doesn't mean that it will happen again. In order to move on, we need to let go of the baggage of our past. Understand that marriage ceremony and paperwork is just a formality. Don't be afraid of seeking professional help and consult a psychiatrist or therapist. Remember that gamophobia is just a social disorder and you need to learn to be positive and overcome your fears in order to live a happy and peaceful life. Don't be afraid to openly talk about your phobia and your feelings.