As Halloween approaches, we're thinking about phobias. This time of year is full of films and costumes to trigger your anxieties, whichever spooky phobia you're affected by.
Perhaps you have selenophobia, arachnophobia or chiroptophobia (phobias of the moon, spiders, and bats respectively), or wiccaphobia, spectrophobia or haemophobia (phobias of witches, ghosts and blood). If the number 666 gives you goose bumps, you may have the impossible to pronounce hexakosioihexekontahexphobia, or perhaps you're even affected by samhainophobia (a phobia of Halloween itself).
But beyond ghosts and ghouls, we took a look at some of the more unusual phobias that can strike all year round and asked two RSCPP therapists to explain how therapy can help, whatever your phobia.
How many from our list have you heard of?
For many of us they're harmless figures of childhood fun, reminiscent of birthday parties with friends, or family trips to the circus. But, for people with coulrophobia, clowns are a major source of anxiety and distress.
If Russell Brand or Johnny Depp bring you out in a cold sweat for all the wrong reasons, you may be affected by pogonophobia - an anxiety about beards. At the other end of the hairiness spectrum is peladophobia, a phobia of bald people.
Sometimes it can seem there's nothing but bad news going on in the world. That may come as a relief for people affected by euphobia, an anxiety about good news.
Rather cruelly, hellenologophobia is the Greek-derived scientific terminology for a phobia of Greek, Latin or scientific terminology. Similarly, 18-letter sesquipedalophobia is an anxiety about long words.
Are there any body parts that you really can't stand? Genuphobia is a phobia of knees, which goes way beyond a simple dislike. Similar phobias include chirophobia, an anxiety about hands, and omphalophobia, a phobia of bellybuttons.
Lavender, aubergines and Cadbury's chocolates are amongst the things off limits for those with porphyrophobia, an anxiety about the colour purple.
This seemingly paradoxical term means a phobia of phobias. Similarly, panophoia means either a non-specific phobia or a phobia of everything, which can manifest itself as a generalised anxiety.
Mothers-in-law are used to being the butt of the jokes, but they're also the cause ofpentheraphobia - mother-in-law phobia.
Your child may pleadlachanophobia as an excuse to get out of eating their greens at mealtimes, but an anxiety about vegetables is a genuine phobia.
Perhaps more relevant to Valentine's Day than Halloween, philophobia is a phobia of being in love or falling in love. No doubt philophobia could, in some cases, trigger venustraphobia - an anxiety about beautiful women. And, at the other end of the scale, anuptaphobia is an anxiety about remaining unmarried or being married to the wrong person.
If your phobia isn't listed here, you can find a more comprehensive, alphabetical list of phobias by name or definition on our website.