What is the word for fear of fear?

I thought this would be easy to find, recall, or previously asked, but I've looked around and couldn't find it (phobia list).

It is simply phobiaphobia? Or phobophobia?

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    The fear of fear frightens me. Unfortunately, recursion makes me dreadfully nervous too. Dec 30, 2014 at 2:55
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    @Malvolio - then do not go to this reference. Dec 30, 2014 at 3:45
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    It turns out that phobophobia is on the phobia list. Maybe that makes this General Reference? Dec 30, 2014 at 4:09
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    – user180089
    Jul 21, 2016 at 3:14

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You are correct - the word for this is phobophobia

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    And the word for fear of fear of fear is of course phobophobophobia. And...
    – Drew
    Dec 30, 2014 at 3:09

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