"The recent online craze of people dressing up as scary clowns and appearing on the side of dark roads is expected to peak over Halloween".
Do you have clown phobia? This Dublin clinic is offering free therapy
Halloween can be a terrifying time for the 12% of Irish people who have a fear of clowns - writes dublinlive.ie.
From revellers dressing up for trick or treating to horror movies on TV - Clowns are all the rage around October 31.
Luckily, an Irish clinic is offering some help to coulrophobiacs.
The D4 clinic in Blackrock, Co Dublin is offering free, downloadable audio sessions on Halloween day for those affected.
Psychologist Jason O'Callaghan explained: "Clown phobia can usually be managed through simple avoidance, but with images of clowns covering the media a new rise killer clowns making a comeback.
"This is causing unnecessary angst with the thousands of people in Ireland and over five million in the UK, who suffer from clown induced anxiety."
He added: "The recent online craze of people dressing up as scary clowns and appearing on the side of dark roads is expected to peak over Halloween.
"This combined with the latest adaption of Stephen King’s movie ‘IT’, has the potential to create a new generation with a fear of clowns, just as the film ‘Jaws’ was responsible for many people developing galeophobia in the 1970’s.
"For those who thought Halloween tricks were left behind in childhood, they are now once again facing uncontrollable anxieties as a result of pranksters returning to Ireland's streets and images of clowns taking centre stage over Halloween."
For more information or to book a free session, contact The D4 Clinic via www.D4Clinic.ie.
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