What Is Megalophobia? How Is It Treated?

When envisioning the concepts of fear and anxiety, images of large structures, such as buildings, vehicles, and so forth, are not likely to come to mind. Most people do not usually equate their encounters with these objects with intense fear and nervousness. But millions of people experience such discomfort when faced with these “hulking monsters” that it has led them to a diagnosis of megalophobia.

Megalophobia is often more pronounced when the object you are fearful of is nearby. For example, if you have to drive by a large building on your way to work each day, the intense fear and anxiety that it causes you may be debilitating and cause you to avoid driving altogether.

Pronunciation of megalophobia

While some may view it as a quirk, you may need professional help if you have megalophobia. You’re far from being alone, though, as the condition is not uncommon. Let’s learn more about this phobia and how to overcome it.

Things That Can Cause Megalophobia

People who have megalophobia can’t even be around large and life-size objects. This is because their mind tricks them into believing these items will harm them somehow. The mind is also generally unable to comprehend just how large and tall these objects are.

Megalophobia results from several factors, such as:

  • Tall buildings, including statues, monuments, and skyscrapers
  • Hills and mountains
  • Airplanes and helicopters
  • Large water bodies such as oceans and sea
  • Big animals, including elephants, giraffes, and whales
  • Large vehicles, e.g., trucks, buses, and trains
  • Ships, boats.
  • Tunnels, etc.

Factors That Cause Megalophobia

Symptoms of Megalophobia

The most common sign of megalophobia is an extreme aversion to open spaces and massive objects. Other symptoms may include:

  • Increased pulse rate and pounding heart
  • Shivering in fear and sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Panic attacks
  • Chest pain and stomach upset
  • Crying

How to Treat Megalophobia?

There are several different treatments for megalophobia. There is no “one size fits all” treatment plan that will work for every person. The treatment involves various therapies and medications to help decrease anxiety symptoms.


There is four frequently used therapy for megalophobia: cognitive behavior therapy, exposure therapy, group therapy, and talk therapy.

Cognitive behavior therapy

It can be used to help treat megalophobia. Cognitive-behavioral therapy aims to create a positive thinking pattern in the patient’s mind to help them overcome irrational fear of large objects.

Exposure therapy or desensitization

It is a therapeutic technique that relies on exposing individuals to their fears to reduce or eliminate the anxiety and fear response. During this therapy, the patient confronts their fears by facing the large object until they no longer feel scared.

Group therapy

It is a psychotherapeutic method where multiple patients meet with a therapist in the same session to improve communication and create strong bonds. This helps them establish a sense of community and belonging, reduce isolation, encourage self-awareness, give unconditional support, develop skills for resolving conflicts, and achieve personal growth.

Talk therapy

Psychotherapy or talk therapy is a way to help patients with a wide variety of mental illnesses and emotional difficulties. It can help eliminate or control troubling symptoms so a person can function better and increase well-being and healing. Talk therapy has two main goals: helping the patient talk about his problems and helping them solve them.


There are no medications currently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat megalophobia, and it is unclear how long it takes for anti-anxiety drugs to help. However, doctors and mental health professionals can recommend the following that can help relieve anxiety:

Beta-blockers are a medication typically prescribed to control the adrenal glands from producing excess adrenaline in response to a fear stimulus. These medications can help reduce the physical symptoms associated with emotional reactions to phobias, such as sweating, increased heart rate, and shallow breathing.

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) and Serotonin-norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs): In their simplest form, these are a class of antidepressant drugs that work via the reuptake inhibition of serotonin and norepinephrine. This, in turn, leads to an increase in the levels of these neurotransmitters within the synaptic cleft leading to increased neurotransmission in the brain.

How to Cope With Megalophobia?

If you have megalophobia, it’s essential to avoid avoidance. Unfortunately, some people use avoidance to cope with anxiety disorders. For example, if you have megalophobia and don’t want to think about large objects, you might spend most of your time inside with the blinds drawn. 

This is a problem because it prevents you from taking steps to help you overcome your megalophobia in the long run.

  • Nutrition is important for mental health, especially where anxiety is concerned. Malnutrition in your body will cause fatigue, which can worsen anxiety. Moreover, not eating balanced meals can also make you more prone to becoming distracted from the world around you when anxious thoughts consume your mind. So, create a balanced meal routine.
  • Exercise can help alleviate anxiety, boost your confidence and improve your quality of life. Although exercise alone isn’t a treatment for anxiety, it can reduce the symptoms enough to make other treatments more effective.
  • Regarding stress, lookout, yoga, and other mind-body practices are scientifically proven to help you manage. Since these practices involve a lot of interaction between the “thinking” mind and the “feeling” body, they can make a big difference in helping with anxiety management.

Final Thoughts

Megalophobia can be dealt with effectively if you are aware of it, know the reasons behind it, and learn how to combat it. If you want to manage your phobia or prevent it from worsening, you should consult with your therapist or doctor immediately, as phobias can get worse over time.


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  • May, J. (2015). Megalophobia: Fear of important things. Callaloo, 38(1), 75–75.

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