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30 Oct 2017
The first written reference to phobic problems was made by Greek physician Hippocrates. He described a man who was afraid of flutes but only during the night. This would later be described as aulophobia.
A Roman doctor named Celsus diagnosed someone with hydrophobia or a fear of water. This was the first description of a fear using the word phobia.
The Oxford Dictionary defined phobias as "a fear of an imaginary evil, or an undue fear of a real one".
Sigmund Freud soeculated about how phobias developed.
Phobias became a separate diagnostic category in the International Classification of Diseases.
Phobias were split into three different categories: specific phobias, social phobias and agoraphobias.
A Byzantine Emperor name Heraclius had an intense fear of drowning (Thalassophobia).
Famous Roman leader Augustus Caesar suffered from a fear of lighting (astrophobia).
Genghis Khan suffered from a fear of dogs (cynophobia)
When he was young Winston Churchill had a fear of public speaking (glossophobia).
During the 1920's Franklin Roosevelt had a fear of fires (pyrophobia).
During the 1940's Adolf Hitler had dendrophobia or a fear of dentists. This led to him never going to a dentist and probably having nasty teeth.
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