Foniasophobia is the fear of murderers or serial killers, or of being murdered. This fear is usually triggered after hearing news that somebody got murdered or of hearing a person on a killing spree, or more rarely encountering people who killed other people. People suffering foniasophobia would usually lead to anthrophobia, fear of people as anybody could kill them, and thanatophobia, fear of death as an act of killing result in death. As a result, s/he would hide in remote places away from populated areas alone.

Symptoms of foniasophobia includes obsessive thoughts about death, rapid heartbeat and breathing, and extreme anxiety. It is most commonly treated using medications.

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