Phobias Library

  • Therapists Spill: What I Learned from My Toughest Client
    We often learn our most important lessons from our toughest trials. These are the lessons that’ll likely stay ...
  • A Brief History of Anxiety: Yours and Mine
    In the U.S., 40 million adults have an anxiety disorder. Author Patricia Pearson is one of them: She is a regular visitor to Flu Wiki, an online community that fears an impending influenza outbreak. She ...
  • Overcoming Fears, Phobias and Panic Attacks
    There are many ways that a therapist might work with someone to help them overcome their fears, a phobia (like being afraid of snakes) or having a panic attack (where a person feels their heart ...
  • What is Exposure Therapy?
    Exposure therapy is a specific type of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy technique that is often used in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and phobias. In PTSD, exposure therapy is intended to help the patient face and ...
  • Tackling the Fears of the ‘Worried Well’
    It is estimated that millions of people in the U.S. suffer from imaginary illnesses, including a rise in recent years in food intolerances. Are we really a nation of hypochondriacs? The "worried well," it would ...
  • Relaxation Helps Ease Fears and Phobias
    Dave is frightened of flying. In an airplane he gets nervous and thinks about the plane crashing. Amy avoids going to the dentist. She becomes apprehensive, fears the pain and is embarrassed by her nervousness. She ...
  • Social Phobia
    Social phobia is an intense fear of becoming humiliated in social situations, specifically of embarrassing yourself in front of other people. It often runs in families and may be accompanied by depression or alcoholism. Social ...
  • Specific Phobias
    Many people experience specific phobias (intense, irrational fears of certain things or situations) — dogs, closed-in places, heights, escalators, tunnels, highway driving, water, flying and injuries involving blood are a few of the more common ...
  • Facts About Phobias
    Phobias are persistent, irrational fears of certain objects or situations. Phobias occur in several forms; the fear associated with a phobia can focus on a particular object (specific phobia) or be a fear of embarrassment ...
  • Understanding Anxiety Disorders, Part 2
    Anxiety disorders come in many varieties. Descriptions of some of the most common disorders follow: Generalized Anxiety Disorder: GAD is characterized by persistent anxiety unrelated to a specific event. People suffering from GAD cannot help worrying ...
  • Helping Children Who Fear School
    A kid can be just as phobic about school, or math class, or writing a sentence as another child might be about dogs. What can be done to help children who fear an aspect ...
  • Understanding the Fear of Flying
    Traveling by plane is one of the fastest and easiest modes of transportation, enabling people to visit family and friends across the globe in a short amount of time. While most people enjoy the convenience ...