Phobia Articles

OCD and Anxiety

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
Hi, I have been suffering from OCD/anxiety for 5 years now. I am taking medication but have not tried CBT or any other therapies I had a few questions if you can help me. 1. My symptoms started when I was in my adolescence and the ...

Confused Emotions

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Friday, February 7th, 2014
I am 16 and have been thinking how to word this for days. Firstly, I am terrified by all social situations and people terrify me. To cope with this I like to analyse situations in my head before I do them. Sometimes I see small ...

Paranoia or Anxiety?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Monday, January 6th, 2014
My paranoia started when I was a child, when my father forced me to go to the theaters and watch horror movies. I still remember the horror scenes, and the times I was crying and laying in the seat so it would block my view ...

Am I Anxious?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
I am terrified for my health, and I always worry about it. If there is something even slightly wrong with my body then I worry about it. For example, headaches and I immediately think I have a tumor or something. Chest pain and I think ...

Intrusive Thoughts, OCD & Paranoia

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Monday, November 18th, 2013
I need help. I am plagued by near-constant intrusive thoughts of all three main types - violent, religious and sexual. It first started when I was about 17, of course it was smaller and easier to manage back then, so I just carried on with ...

Daughter Obsessed with My Mother

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Sunday, September 29th, 2013
My 10 yo daughter is obsessed with my mother. It consumes her every thought. She says she misses her and wants to see her. We are all very close with my mom. We see her all of the time. But lately, my daughter is obsessed. ...

Daughter Fears Illness

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Monday, September 23rd, 2013
My 11 yr old daughter is scared she has an illness or disease.. She seems paranoid about it. She told me last night she was afriad to die as all/most of us are, but seems obsessed with it almost. Everyday she says something ...

I Don’t Know What is Going On

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, September 11th, 2013
It all started to happen for about a year now, when i found out that a person has some stuff of mine that would ruin my life. I get this weird attack that makes my heart beats so fast, trouble with breathing, having trouble ...

How Do I Help My Daughter?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Saturday, August 10th, 2013
About 6 months ago I found out my husband had been having suicidal ideation for about a year. I thought he was having a lot of work related stress and had no idea how bad he was because he managed to be highly functional ...

Fear of Taking Medicine

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, July 25th, 2013
I have PTSD and I'm going through perimenopause, and my anxiety level has hit the roof. I've developed some phobias, over the last few years, and decided to go back on a low dose of amitriptyline (25mg) which I got from my doctor, as well ...

Girlfriend’s Mother Thinks I’m Dangerous

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Monday, July 15th, 2013
Hello, to start off how this trouble started was a party in my house, that was for my brother's baby shower. Well my brother invited my girlfriend and her family. I have social phobia, and sometimes I can be scared of going out to the ...

I Have Trouble Being Around People

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Friday, June 14th, 2013
I like to be alone ,and I just don't know what to do about it to be a normal girl. I feel a sense of relief when I am alone ,and I don't like to put in an effort to get ready ,and go out. ...