Fifphobia is the irrational fear of the number 5. This fear is predominantly contained to dates on a calendar, but several cases have had the fear spread to most categories where the number five is involved. Dr. Alan Jenkins, a MIT graduate, first discovered Fifphobia in 2003 while he was studying the significance of numeric values in life. He is also the writer of the top 10 best seller book “All about the numbers”. His research concluded that 1 out of every 5 million people have this fear. A majority of the cases are located in the southwestern part of the Middle East. For most affected it only makes you uncomfortable for a slight period of time when the numeric valve is said, reached, or read. These are the mild cases where most of the Fifphobia cases are centered. Yet out of every ten Fifphobia patients, one will have a medium to severe case.
The severe case of Fifphobia has only been documented 3 times since its discovery in late 2003. The most recent was in June of 2011 with a Mr. Andrew Geyser. His case had his fear spread to most other topics, including sports, driving, counting and even prevented him from using his Fifth Amendment rights to prevent self-incrimination. When his case was discovered he was in the middle of a court case. He was charged with manslaughter and sentenced to 5 years in prison. He respectfully asked for his sentence to be extended an extra year to 6 due to his condition.
Dr. Jenkins and other notable Doctors such as Dr. Finley Cooper, and Dr. Roxane Spring are currently studying this condition to create or find a cure or a type of management system. They have tried medication, meditation and even a fear-counseling program with little success. They are now looking in to DNA research to see if there is a link between that and the condition.