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A persistent, abnormal, and irrational fear of a outer suburban areas that compels one to avoid it, despite the awareness and reassurance that it is not dangerous. A sufferer will go to great lengths to avoid the outer suburbs, typically disproportional to the actual danger posed, often being recognized as irrational. In the event the suburbs cannot be avoided entirely, the sufferer will endure the suburbs with marked distress and significant interference in social or occupational activities.

Burbaphobia typically results from a fear of lack of general infrastructure - such as public transport, cinemas, shops and medical practitioners.

Suffers of this debilitating condition do not typically live in the outer suburbs, else they would cease to function.

Paradoxically visits to the country are fine and do not present with symptoms.
1. An attack of burbaphobia: Panic attack at the end stop of a tram line and the realisation that the fear is compounded by regions that do not have train stations.
by smjohnstone April 15, 2013
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