Phobia Articles

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 ...

I Have Horrible Anxiety Attacks and Awful Thoughts About Murder

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Sunday, March 30th, 2014
I’m 17 and ever since I was young I have always had anxious feelings about those around me, and that I'm going to be murdered. It's all I can think about. I feel that hearing about the vast number of horrific ...

Fear of Being Framed and Being Lied About

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, March 15th, 2014
It all started after high school. I smoked a lot of marijuana, watched a lot of conspiracy, and was practically a shut in. I started to suspect there was conspiracy in my own life, things that people thought about me that I didn't know. After ...

Anxiety Issues

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
Hi, I am 21 years old diagnosed with add, minor Tourette’s, and anxiety and depression, and possibly ocd they have said. I have been out of high school for a few years and I have jumped around job to job, I completed my first year ...

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 ...