Phobia Articles

Scared About the End of the Universe

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
About a week ago, I started to think about the end of the universe. It started to scare me to the point where now I get anxiety over everything. I start to get chest pains and I start crying because I just want it to ...

Fear of Interacting

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Sunday, September 28th, 2014
Hello. I used to be known as a spirited and quick witted person, but now I am afraid to go outside or talk to people who I know I will have to see again. I have many physical issues because of my fears. For one,my ...

Fear of Relationships

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Thursday, September 25th, 2014
From Lithuania. Hello, I am a 21 year old student. I've been suffering from anxiety disorder, social phobia and have been taking antidepressants (escitalopram) for several years now (I had a small break,about a half year, but at the beginning of the first study year ...

OCD & Fear of Schizophrenia

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Monday, August 11th, 2014
As a kid I had two large episodes of anxiety, once when I was 9 and once when I was 12. Both times were due to fear of religion, afterlife, death, etc. I had been exposed to a junior camp counselor that informed me of ...

Anaphylaxis Phobia

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Saturday, August 9th, 2014
Ever since I had my youngest child (5 months) I have this terrible fear of going into anaphylaxis shock. It only happens with food, the same foods I have eaten a million times. I have never had an allergic reaction to food that I know ...

Adult Autism Spectrum Disorder

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Thursday, August 7th, 2014
I grew up in a house with two heroin addicts for parents, so concern over my health usually wasn't addressed, however my sisters and other family members have recently noted that I have odd behavior and mannerisms associated with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). ...

Constantly Thinking About Death

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Friday, August 1st, 2014
For the past six months or so, I have thought about death multiple times a day. I think about the fact that I will no longer exist and I will never be alive again. When I think about it, I feel cold, nauseous, panicked, and ...

Why Am I Panicking So Much?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, July 3rd, 2014
I've been having multiple problems all my life but it's only recently I've not been able to overcome any new ones. In the last couple of months when a tense or stressful situation has presented itself to me; my heart starts to race, my head ...

Heart Attack Phobia

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, June 26th, 2014
I'm always worried about having a heart attack. I even had a catheterization 5 years ago. The cardiologist told me there was nothing wrong with my heart and he wished he had my arteries. Since this was one of the best diagnostic heart tests, I ...

I Don’t Know How to Help, or Even if I Should

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Thursday, June 19th, 2014
My boyfriend is a great person, very caring and encouraging. There are things about him that are hard for him to deal with, that bother him a lot, and some of it scares and/or confuses me but I really just want to help ...

I’m Afraid of People

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, May 29th, 2014
I just feel sick around people, when i was a kid i did hang out and all, until one birthday party of my friend, i got invited to it and everyone laughed at me and threw stones at me as i was walking home, that ...

OCD – Toilets & Pregnancy

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
Hello, I am terrified I will impregnate someone by accident. Whenever I go to the toilet I have to make sure I wipe down everywhere where my Penis (or my hands) may have touched. If I'm in a shower I ususally undergo the same behaviour. I ...