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Is Ombrophobia From Netflix's The Woman In The House A Real Condition?

Netflix's "The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window" is a series shrouded in mystery and a frightening medical phobia that keeps Kristen Bell's character Anna trapped inside her home. But how much of what the woman is supposedly going through is based in reality? Is ombrophobia actually a real condition? Can people really be afraid of the rain? We're here to answer that for you. 

Throughout "The Woman in the House," Bell's Anna is mourning the tragic death of her eight-year-old daughter at the hands of a serial killer. She is divorced and basically confined to her home while suffering from extreme bouts of ombrophobia, which in the series is described as being an irrational fear of rain. Anna spends most of the show sitting inside her house spying on her neighbors, while being too scared to venture outside. The reason she's so traumatized by the rain is because it was raining on the day she said her last goodbye to her daughter.

So could this really happen to someone? Could ombrophobia — or a fear of rain — be a real thing? 

Yes, ombrophobia is real

According to online reports, ombrophobia is in fact a real condition that people suffer from, and it can also deal with the effects associated with rain, like thunder and lightning, and not just rain itself (via FilmyHype). Psych Times describes it as being an "irrational fear of rain" that leaves the sufferer with a "very high amount of anxiety" often leading to "full blown panic attacks." 

"Having #Ombrophobia is not a choice, a laugh, a joke," wrote an affected Twitter user last April, nearly a year before "The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window" came out. "It's real. It sucks. Horribly," the person added. 

At the end of the Netflix series, Kristen Bell's Anna is able to overcome her fear of rain and even ends up dancing in it. She goes on to leave her house and eventually boards a flight, where a possible Season 2 storyline is sparked up involving a missing woman whose body Anna discovers. 

Season 1 of "The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window" is still currently available to stream.