We know about hundreds of phobias. All well-defined and researched, the scientific world looks with scientific mind at each of them. What about the fear of depression? I have reasons to believe that more than 95% of all phobias have their root cause as phobia of depression. Why a patient has phobia? To avoid sorrows caused by something that has potential to induce sorrows or pain. The phobia thus in real terms is of a condition or situation that can cause grieve in the mind and is that not a phobia of depression? People when fear things and situations they actually fear depression that can result from it. Thus, fear of depression is the most dominant of all fears and exercises itself through various names and forms.
Let’s take an example; Allyson doesn’t like to suffer from headaches, since she is unable to be productive when she has a blow of headache. Now, Allyson knows that headache always results when she wakes up late till night. This also means insomnia which she is suffering from. Allyson says that she fears insomnia. But it is essential to note here that Allyson’s actual fear is of headache which can cause her to suffer for long hours. But then she says that she fears insomnia. Now, it should be noted that when she cannot sleep, she is working or watching television. She is not bothered with the long hours of sleeplessness because her time passes well. Thus the actual fear is of headache that makes her fear sleeplessness. Now, if Allyson says that she fears insomnia, then she is wrong. She should evaluate after all why she fears insomnia or is it actually insomnia that she fears or is there some connection of it with something else.
I want to make here one point very clear. A person with mental disorder is unable to judge his or her mental condition. He might say that the heat of the sun is hurting him when actually the memory of a dull and painful sunny day is the real cause. Many times people with mental disorders are unable to tell what really hurts them. And many times, they develop fear of a thing just because of wrong focus of danger. The patients of phobia have their focus on one thing when actually their real fear is of depression. It is very much possible that all patients of phobia have phobia of depression as well. This phobia for depression can be in active (seen and revealed) or inactive (unseen and unrevealed) form. More research on this work is required to enlighten the science with better facts.
Note: This article is solely my own idea for treating patients with phobia.