Arachibutyrophobia or fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth is a specific phobia.

Phobias are a common occurrence in any society and could be based on so many factors ranging from mental or psychological to environmental/ cultural as well as physiological, depending on body nature or needs. The world over, people suffer from diverse phobias. Several researches has shown that there is a gradual rise in the fear for the consumption of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth. Research findings from the United States of America for instance, shows from renowned research groups like the National institute of Mental Health (NIMH) that up to 10% of US residents suffer from one phobia or the other. Women are shown from research to suffer from one phobia or the other more than men. Research also confirms that 16% of the world's population suffer from one form of phobia or the other both male and females.

Arachibutyrophobia

Like all phobias, arachibutyrophobia poses another form of fear; it is a fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth. It is not the fear of consuming peanut butter but its sticking to the roof of one's mouth. This is a specific fear or phobia, it is tied to a specific object, situation or occurrence.

Causes of Arachibutyrophobia or Fear of Peanut Butter Sticking to the Roof of the Mouth

It has been identified by research as been precipitated by several factors most of which are either genetically motivated or based on past traumatic experiences. Asides the above, the rich protein and fat content of peanut butter makes it very sticky and not easy to dilute, resulting in its sticky or clinging nature and causing the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth or arachibutyrophobia.

Signs and Symptoms of Arachibutyrophobia or Fear of Peanut Butter Sticking to the Roof of the Mouth

Each person displays a unique set of symptoms depending largely on the extent of psychological effect generated by the panic or fear.

Symptoms of arachibutyrophobia or fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth includes some or all of the following symptoms: Panic, anxiety, been perplexed, agitated, choky feeling, irregular heartbeat, shaky, gasping for air, irregular breathing and inconsistent opening and closing of the eye as well as excessive sweating.

Tests to Diagnose Arachibutyrophobia or Fear of Peanut Butter Sticking to the Roof of the Mouth

It is very pertinent to see a medical practitioner for solution. As an immediate check you can take an online test to check the severity level before seeing your physician.
There are several clinical test as well as psychotherapy that could be recommended for arachibutyrophobia or fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth depending on the findings and expertise of the medical practitioner.

Treatment for Arachibutyrophobia or Fear of Peanut Butter Sticking to the Roof of the Mouth

For treating arachibutyrophobia or fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth, the physician might first recommend some of the following tests: Diagnostic test, lab test, pathology tests, urine, swabs and blood tests. Depending on the seriousness, it might also be necessary to do psycho-therapy test to help check the mental state of the patient. Psycho-therapy is more recommended as most arachibutyrophobia or fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth like other phobias are usually more psychological than physical or based on a physical occurrence that could have traumatised the individual. Based on all these, medication and therapy can be recommended.

Prevention of Arachibutyrophobia or Fear of Peanut Butter Sticking to the Roof of the Mouth

One of the preventions to arachibutyrophobia or fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth involves an understanding of what is the cause of the situation for that particular patient as that would form the basis of finding solutions as well as determine the preventive measure to be adopted.

Where the cause is psychologically or mentally related such a person needs to seek counselling and need to be a part of a support group to get guidance.

Risk Factors for Arachibutyrophobia or Fear of Peanut Butter Sticking to the Roof of the Mouth

Some of the risk factors for arachibutyrophobia or fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth include; severe side effects due to taking of certain medications, depressive tendencies, intense anxiety and other traumatic experiences.

Complications of Arachibutyrophobia or Fear of Peanut Butter Sticking to the Roof of the Mouth

Drugs are not always the best cure for Arachibutyrophobia but help and counselling. Drugs could lead to severe side effects on the patient. Drugs can help relieve the patient from the torment of the depressing situation and give temporal relief not always permanent.

Prognosis/Outlook of Arachibutyrophobia or Fear of Peanut Butter Sticking to the Roof of the Mouth

The prognosis or outlook for arachibutyrophobia or fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth is excellent if the patient sticks to the psycho-therapy and complete is successfully.

Arachibutyrophobia has several likely causes. Childhood fears caused by some occurrence that are yet to be overcome (traumatic experiences) and phobias, genetically motivated causes, environmental influence can all lead to its occurrence.

Lifestyle Changes for Arachibutyrophobia or Fear of Peanut Butter Sticking to the Roof of the Mouth

There are no particular lifestyle changes recommended for this condition. The person usually through support from a medical personnel or counsellor, a support group can overtime overcome arachibutyrophobia or fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth.

The patient is always the key factor in any therapeutic situation as the patient must have a positive attitude towards a better mental state.

Coping with Arachibutyrophobia or Fear of Peanut Butter Sticking to the Roof of the Mouth

Coping with arachibutyrophobia or fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth is not easy, it would require a gradual re-acceptance of the consumption of the peanut butter, guided by a support system.

However, before acceptance the patient needs to go through some stages of psycho-analysis and counselling. The patient need to have a clearer understanding of where the risk lies and how not so much of an harm peanut butter consumption could be if handled properly without the usual fear of consumption.

Recovery from Arachibutyrophobia or Fear of Peanut Butter Sticking to the Roof of the Mouth

In treating phobias, medication or consumption of medications do not necessarily guarantee 100% recovery but through counselling, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy and other psycho-analytical rehabilitation processes.

Since it is both a genetically or psychologically related issue, it would require the effort of a support group, medical personnel or guardian overtime to resolve arachibutyrophobia or fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth during consumption. It is pertinent however for medical practitioners to apply clinical experience and judgement based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual as each phobia has its unique characteristics.

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD, FFARCSI

Last Modified On: May 26, 2017

Pain Assist Inc.

Pramod Kerkar
  Note: Information provided is not a substitute for physician, hospital or any form of medical care. Examination and Investigation is necessary for correct diagnosis.

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