Phobias Sitemap - Page 1 2016-09-26
What Is the Fear of Elevators?
Although accidents are rare, the fear of elevators is pervasive. Why are we so afraid, and how can we fight our elevator phobias? Find the answers.
Fear of Halloween: Could You Have Samhainophobia?
Halloween is scary for most but downright overwhelming for those with samhainophobia, or the fear of Halloween. Here's the history behind the phobia.
Do I Have a Fear of Haunted Houses or a Phobia?
Coping techniques to manage your fear or phobia of haunted houses depend on the severity and duration. If it's disrupting your life seek treatment.
What is Arachibutyrophobia?
Arachibutyrophobia is actually not the fear of peanut butter as an object, but the situation of having it stick to the roof of your mouth.
What Is the Fear of Bees?
The fear of bees, also known as apiphobia, is exceptionally common. Bees are prevalent, and they tend to sting when injured or angered. For most people, the sting is minor, but those who are allergic are at risk for a severe reaction. If you have an allergy, then a fear of bees is not a phobia. In non-allergic people, however, a major fear of bees is unhealthy and may be life-limiting.
Fear of Butterflies and Moths | Lepidopterophobia 101
Lepidopterophobia, the fear of butterflies and moths, is common. Though these insects are entirely harmless, some people are afraid of their behavior.
Fear of Vulnerability | Allowing Yourself to Trust Again
The fear of vulnerability is all too common. This fear can be destructive to relationships of all types, destroying intimacy and stifling self-trust.
What is Paraphobia?
Paraphobia, or the fear of sexual perversion, is a relatively complicated phobia. Different people may have different views of perversion.
Pros and Cons of the Diagnostic Manual for Mental Health
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, or DSM, is the bible of mental health diagnosis. But some clinicians worry that it may do more harm than good.
Daemonophobia is the Fear of Demons?
Daemonophobia, or the fear of demons is often rooted in religious beliefs. Other common factors include horror films and urban legends.
What is Ecclesiophobia - The Fear of Churches?
Your fear of churches (ecclesiophobia) can prevent you from sharing important moments with loved ones, such as weddings and funerals.
Politicophobia: Is a Fear of Politics Real?
For those with politicophobia, or fear of politics, election season is fraught with triggers, from politicians to the process of voting.
Genuphobia, the Fear of Knees
Genuphobia, or the fear of knees, encompasses a variety of different phobias. Some people are afraid of their own knees, some of other people's knees.
What is Heliophobia or Fear of Sunlight?
Heliophobia is the fear of sunlight. From medical sun sensitivity to body image concerns, the root cause of heliophobia can be difficult to determine.
Ostraconophobia is the Fear of Shellfish
The fear of shellfish, or ostraconophobia, runs the gamut from mild to severe. Some people hate the taste, while others fear illness or allergies.
Kinemortophobia - Understanding the Fear of Zombies
Kinemortophobia, or the fear of zombies, is rooted in older and more generalized legends of the undead. Yet zombies continue to terrify many today.
Dysmorphophobia is the Fear of Deformity
Dysmorphophobia is the fear of deformity. Some people are afraid of developing a deformity, fear others with deformities, or of bearing a deformed child.
Fear of Accidents or Dystychiphobia
Dystychiphobia is the fear of accidents that ranges from mild to severe, including those that occur in the home, workplace, public spaces and roadways.
What Is the Fear of Driving?
Despite the American love of the open road, driving phobias are surprisingly common and sometimes linked to agoraphobia or claustrophobia.
Anthophobia - Fear of Flowers
The relatively unusual fear of flowers is often, but not always, based in other concerns. From allergies to the fear of bees, anthophobia has numerous causes.
The Fear of Sharp Objects | Aichmophobia 101
Aichmophobia is the term for numerous specific fears involving sharp objects including fear of knives, needles, umbrella points and the like.
What Is the Fear of Magic?
Rhabdophobia, or the fear of magic, is surprisingly common. But not everyone fears exactly the same thing. Causes of rhabdophobia include trauma.
All About Ablutophobia: The Irrational Fear of Bathing
Ablutophobia, a fear of bathing, can have devastating consequences. The resulting body odor can cause social isolation and trouble at work or school.
The Fear of Water AKA "Aquaphobia"
Aquaphobia, or fear of water, can be devastating. Without treatment, it could lead to numerous other fears, isolation and even depression.
Understanding Roller Coaster Phobia
For many people, an essential part of any theme park vacation is the roller coasters; others suffer roller coaster phobia.
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What Are Doomsday Phobias?
Doomsday phobias are a relatively broad category that can encompass a wide range of more specific phobias. Learn more about these surprisingly common phobias.
Fear of Self-Promotion: How It Could Be Hurting You
The fear of self-promotion can limit your career options and personal relationships. Learn what causes it - and how you can overcome it in your life.
How to Know When Separation Anxiety Becomes a Disorder
Separation anxiety disorder is a psychological issue. Learn why it's not the same as normal separation anxiety, seen in children through the age of 2.
What Is the Fear of Numbers?
Arithmophobia, or the fear of numbers, is a generalized category that encompasses all number-related phobias. Some people fear all numbers, while others are afraid only of large numbers or those related to superstitions or myths.
The Raven - Ornithophobia Trigger?
One of Edgar Allan Poe's most famous works,
Pyrophobia Is the Fear of Fire
Pyrophobia, or the fear of fire, is likely as old as humans' initial discovery of fire. People with pyrophobic may feel dizzy or queasy whenever near fire.
Mageirocophobia - Fear of Cooking
Mageirocophobia, or fear of cooking, can be divided into many types. Mageirocophobia is common, but only considered a phobia when it interferes with daily life.
Understanding Maskaphobia, the Fear of Masks
Maskaphobia, or fear of masks, can take several different forms. Some people are afraid only of horror masks, while others fear even costumed characters.
Metrophobia is the Fear of Poetry
Metrophobia, or the fear of poetry, is very common. Many people first develop this phobia in school. With therapy this phobia can be controlled.
Ornithophobia - Fear of Birds
Ornithophobia, or fear of birds, is a specific phobia that can severely impact your life. Especially if it turns into a fear of leaving your home.
Siderodromophobia: The Fear of Trains
The fear of train tracks is often related to a generalized fear of trains, known as siderodromophobia. Learn more about these rare and complex phobias.
Is Stage Fright a Phobia?
Stage fright is a subset of glossophobia, or fear of public speaking. It can affect performers of all walks of life, from kids to professional actors.
The Prevalence of Common Phobias in the U.S. and the World
Phobias are the number one psychiatric illnesses for women and second for men. Learn how many people suffer from these anxiety disorders annually.
How Many People Suffer From Phobias?
Do you know how many people suffer from phobias in the United States? Get the answer and find out which type of phobias are most common.
Mental Health Research on the Genetics of Phobias
Although scientists are still unsure exactly what causes phobias, increasing mental health research points to genetics as playing a part.
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Mental Health Treatment Team - Understanding Your Mental Health Treatment Team
If you are undergoing treatment for a phobia, you may find yourself visiting numerous professionals. Who are all of these people and what exactly do they do? Learn about the different members of your treatment team.
What is Anticipatory Anxiety and How Do I Know If I Have It?
Anticipatory anxiety can be extremely life-limiting as you search for ways to avoid future experiences. It can also put stress on your relationships.
What Are Some Coping Skills For Fears and Phobias?
Learn new coping skills as a way to successfully overcome fears and phobia, including a fear of public speaking and anxiety-based school refusal.
Groupthink - Understanding Consensus Thinking and Mass Hysteria
Mass hysteria is an extreme form of groupthink, when members of the group follow the consensus instead of thinking critically to make decisions.
Humanistic Psychology Emphasizes Your Healthier Self
Humanistic psychology encourages the client to use those healthy parts of the personality to move toward increasing psychological health.
What is Mental Health Parity?
Mental health parity puts mental health conditions in the same category as physical illnesses.The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act mandated this.
What is Nosophobia?
Nosophobia is the irrational fear of having a specific disease.Nosophobia is more common among students who spend time reading about diseases.
Understanding Somatization Disorder
Somatization disorder is a psychiatric condition in which the sufferer experiences extreme worry and physical symptoms not explained by disease.
What is the Psychoanalytic Theory of Transference?
Transference can be healthy or harmful to the therapeutic relationship. Working through these feelings can be beneficial, or sometimes just awkward.
What Is a Mental Health Tech?
Mental health techs are key players of a mental health treatment team. But what do they do and why are they important? Here is what you should know.
What is a Fear of Witchcraft (Wiccaphobia)?
The fear of witchcraft dates back to the Inquisition when those practicing earth-based religions were depicted as being in league with the devil.
What is Cruise Ship Phobia?
Separate from other cruise-related fears, cruise ship phobia is an actual fear of the ship itself. Learn what causes it and how to treat your phobia.
Olfactory Reference Syndrome - Obsession With Body Odors
Olfactory reference syndrome is similar to obsessive-compulsive disorder. It also shares characteristics with bromidrophobia and jiko-shu-kyofu.
Gymnophobia - Fear of Nudity
Gymnophobia, or the fear of nakedness, may take many forms. Whether you are afraid of your own nudity or of others being naked, gymnophobia can make daily life complicated.
Anemophobia - Understanding the Fear of Air
The fear of air, or anemophobia, includes numerous related phobias. Anemophobia is often rooted in another phobia, but may also occur independently.
7 Phobias Related to Winter
Seasonal phobias -- including cabin fever, auroraphobia, and fear of cold, snow and air -- may be triggered at any time, but usually occur in winter.
What Is the Fear of Winter Driving?
If your fear of driving is so severe it prevents you from performing your duties at home and at work, you might need professional help with a phobia.
Understanding the Fear of People or Anthropophobia
The fear of people, or anthropophobia, is similar to social phobia. Rather than fearing social situations, anthropophobics are afraid of other people.
What is Fluoxetine?
Fluoxetine is the generic name for the brand name SSRI drug, Prozac. Learn about its important precautions before taking the medication.
Hikikomori is a Global Issue
Hikikomori is a form of social phobia that occurs in Southeast Asia and western countries, too. This mental health condition primarily affects males.
What Is Koro? A Guide to the Fear of Genital Retraction
Koro, or the fear of genital retraction into the body, has been reported around the world. Find out who's at risk of the phobia and how to treat it.
Phobias List - Types of Phobias and Phobias List
Fear is one of the most primal and powerful human emotions. This emotion is frequently tapped by Hollywood in films, television and Halloween events. However, out of control fear can become a phobia. Learn more about types of phobias, risk factors, pop culture references and other basic information.
What Is the Fear of the Woods?
Xylophobia, or fear of the woods, is rooted in many different factors. Whatever the cause for your fear, xylophobia can be life-limiting at its worst.
What Is Angrophobia or the Fear of Anger?
Angrophobia, or the fear of anger, refers to a phobia of losing one's temper. Angrophobia can eventually lead to self-loathing and social isolation.
Fear of Being a Passenger
The fear of being a passenger, also known as amaxophobia, may be mild or severe. The impact on your life depends on how often you need to travel.
Kleptophobia is the fear of theft
Kleptophobia, or fear of theft, actually describes two phobias. One is the fear of stealing, while the other is the fear of being stolen from.
All About Msyophobia - Fear of Germs
It is normal and prudent to take precautions against germs. However, mysophobia, or the fear of germs, takes normal caution to an extreme.
What is Taijin Kyofusho, or Japanese Social Phobia?
Taijin kyofusho is a Japanese social phobia concerned with embarrassing others. Western social phobia focuses on a fear of embarrassing yourself.
Genophobia - Fear of Sexual Intercourse
Genophobia is the fear of sexual intercourse. Sometimes confused with erotophobia, genophobia is an intensely personal and often devastating phobia.
Tips for Flying With Claustrophobia
Flying with claustrophobia is challenging. Airports can greatly increase anxiety. However, there are several ways to cope with claustrophobia when flying.
What Is Evolutionary Psychology?
Evolutionary psychologists explain people's emotions, thoughts, and behaviors through the lens of natural selection, Darwin's Theory of Evolution.
Magical Thinking in Mental Disorders and Phobias
Magical thinking is associated with mental disorders and phobias but we explain how it can be normal behavior when placed in social context.
How to Help Children with Thanatophobia (Fear of Death)
Thanatophobia, the fear of death, strikes children and adults. A mild form is normal for children, but it can be heartbreaking for parents to witness.
Overcoming Fear of Failure and Fear of Success
Fear of success is related to the level of control that the sufferer feels. Those who suffer from a Fear of success tend to respond well to treatment.
What is the Fear of Clowns (Coulrophobia)?
Coulrophobia, or fear of clowns, seems pervasive in our society. The history of clowns dates back to court jesters.
What is the Fear of Outer Space?
Astrophobia, or fear of space, may take different forms, from fear of aliens to space exploration. It can be treated through various types of therapy.
Bibliophobia | The Fear of Books and Associated Phobias
Bibliophobia is a relatively uncommon phobia involving the fear of books. You may be afraid of all books or only those of a certain style or genre.
Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia is Fear of the Number 666
Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia, or fear of the number 666, is surprisingly common. It's perhaps not a true phobia because it's based in superstition.
Lilapsophobia - Fear of Tornadoes or Hurricanes
Lilapsophobia, or fear of tornadoes and hurricanes, is related to astraphobia, or fear of storms. Learn more.
Triskaidekaphobia: Fear of the Number 13
Triskaidekaphobia, or fear of the number 13, is a phobia that is now seen as superstitious rather than a phobia. Read about both sides of the debate.
Understanding Xenophobia, the Fear of Strangers
Xenophobia is the fear of strangers, or anyone different. In someone who suffers from legitimate xenophobia, hatred is generally a reaction to the fear.
What Is Tetraphobia or the Fear of Monsters?
The fear of monsters, or tetraphobia, is common in young children but quite rare in teens and adults. In children, the fear is often short-lived.
Is a Fear of the Number 8 Common?
In the United States, octophobia is not that common because the number eight is not a ubiquitous symbol of bad luck, the devil or other superstitions.
Fear of Driving: Road Trips With Claustrophobia
Surviving a road trip with claustrophobia can present unique challenges, but a few strategies can help ease anxiety and minimize the fear of driving.
Bromidrophobia - Causes, Symptoms, and Complications
Bromidrophobia is a relatively common fear of emitting of smelling body odors. This can make daily activities and interpersonal relationships onerous.
Fear of Blood - Hemophobia Causes and Symptoms
Hemophobia, or fear of blood, is a common specific phobia. Unlike most specific phobias, it can lead to low blood pressure and even fainting.
Phasmophobia - Fear of Ghosts Treatment
Phasmophobia, or the fear of ghosts, is a somewhat controversial phobia. Possibly related to the fear of death, this fear could be disordered thinking.
What Is the Fear of Insects? - Entomophobia 101
Entomophobia, the fear of insects, is relatively common. Most people experience a mild reaction, but those with a severe fear may have a panic attack.
Understanding Erotophobia or the Fear of Sex
Erotophobia, or the fear of sex, includes different phobias. Some people fear sexual expression, others only intercourse; some fear touch or intimacy.
The Deeper Issues Connected with Fear of Intimacy
Fear of intimacy is connected to the fears of vulnerability, abandonment, and engulfment. Those with fear of intimacy try to prevent close relationships.
Koumpounophobia - Understanding the Fear of Buttons
The fear of buttons, or koumpounophobia, varies dramatically in its specifics. Texture issues, fear of germs, and more may have an effect on this phobia.
Overcoming the Fear of Needles - Trypanophobia
Trypanophobia, or fear of needles, is a relatively common phobia. It affects an estimated 10% of Americans. Read more about this an unusual phobia.
What Is Osmophobia?
Osmophobia, or the fear of smells, is often related to migraines, and is a rare phobia on its own. Osmophobia has debilitating effects on sufferer.
Acrophobia - Fear of Heights
Acrophobia is the fear of heights. It is more general than aerophobia (fear of flying) and is not the same thing as vertigo.
Anxiety Medication - SSRIs for Phobias
SSRIs are a type of anxiety medication that is popular for treating social and specific phobias. Read on for more detailed information.
Social Anxiety Disorder Symptoms and Progression
Social anxiety disorder, also known as social phobia, is a fear of different social situations. Find out if you have it - and how to overcome it.
Therapeutic Treatment Plan Definition
A treatment plan outlines the progression of therapy. A treatment plan may be highly formalized or more informally noted. Learn more.
Psychological Definition of Behaviorism
Behaviorism is a school of thought that explains human reactions in terms of learned behaviors. Learn more about the factors that go into behaviorism.
10 Basic Defense Mechanisms and the Ego
Defense mechanisms are the ego's way of relieving the tension caused by anxiety. What are the defense mechanisms, and how do they influence our behavior?
What Is an Intake Interview?
When starting therapy for a phobia, your first appointment will be an intake interview. Learn what will happen and what types of questions will be asked.
Claustrophobia: Fear of Enclosed Spaces
Claustrophobia is the fear of enclosed spaces. This disorder can be quite life-limiting, leading sufferers to avoid activities from MRIs to roller coasters.
Phobia Support - How to Get the Help You Need
If you're dealing with a phobia, how can you get the support you need? Here are strategies for getting help from your social network and beyond.
What is a Presenting Problem?
To patients, the presenting problem is why you sought treatment. To a clinician, it's one part of an intake and inquiry form for your medical record.
Illyngophobia is the Fear of Vertigo
Illyngophobia is a fear of vertigo (dizziness) when looking down and, like most phobias, is highly treatable with cognitive behavior therapy methods.
Phobophobia is The Fear of Phobias
Phobophobia is the fear of phobias and one of the few fears that actually leads to the feared outcome. Although life-limiting, it's highly treatable.
What Is Eclectic Therapy?
Eclectic therapy, a flexible and multifaceted approach, allowing the therapist to use the most effective methods available to address client's needs.
Cibophobia is The Fear of Food
Cibophobia, or fear of food, is a common but devastating phobia that can spiral into an obsession. This phobia is often mistaken for anorexia.
The Medical Model for Mental Disorders
The medical model treats mental disorders as physical diseases. Medications are often part of the treatment.
Fear of Choking or Pseudodysphagia
Pseudodysphagia is the fear of choking. Often confused with the fear of swallowing, the fear of choking can actually heighten the risk of choking. Many people who do not otherwise have this fear are afraid of choking during dental procedures.
Haphephobia, The Fear of Touch
The fear of touch, or haphephobia, is rare and can be devastating to both romantic and nonromantic relationships. Effective treatment is available.
Alternative Treatment for Phobias
Many patients are turning to alternative treatment for phobias. Learn about popular CAM like herbal remedies, homeopathy and more.
What is Dentophobia?
Dentophobia, or fear of dentists, is incredibly common. It can become problematic, though, when it leads you to avoid needed dental treatments.
What is a Phobic Reaction?
A loose definition of a phobic reaction is any reaction to a phobia. The reactions are mild to severe symptoms, including sweating or intense anxiety.
Fear of Cats is Gatophobia or Ailurophobia
The fear of cats (Gatophobia or Ailurophobia) is life-limiting. Some are afraid of their predatory nature and can be helped with therapy.
What is Herpetophobia?
Herpetophobia, or fear of reptiles, is relatively common. Ninety percent of sufferers successfully overcome their fear with desensitization therapy.
6 Ways to Cope With the Fear of Travel
Hodophobia, or the fear of travel, is highly personalized. Some people are afraid to leave home, while others fear specific forms of transportation.
What is a Blank Slate or Tabula Rasa?
The idea that you're born with your mind as a blank slate or tabula rasa is the basis for behavioral therapy, a successful treatment for certain phobias.
Tips for Traveling With Claustrophobia
If you have claustrophobia just traveling to your vacation destination can be a battle. Learn tips to manage your symptoms and enjoy your holiday.
Emetophobia: The Fear of Vomiting
Emetophobia, or fear of vomiting, is surprisingly common, though little discussed. The fear may be caused by different factors and begin at any age.
Fear of Abandonment - A Self-Sabotaging Phobia
The fear of abandonment, though not officially a phobia, is complicated and difficult to unravel. Working through it can dramatically change your life.
What is The Fear of Large Objects? Megalophobia 101
Megalophobia is the fear of large objects. Learn the myths and realities of this phobia which can be specific to large animals ships or other items.
Diagnostic Criteria for a Specific Phobia
Learn to tell the difference between a phobia and a fear using the diagnostic criteria medical professionals use.
Understanding Social Cognitive Theory for Phobias
Social cognitive theory is a subtype of cognitive theory that explains the effects others have on our behaviors. It can be used to treat phobias.
Cognitive Theory Guides Phobia Treatment
Cognitive theory is a psychological approach attempting to explain human behavior by understanding the thought processes. Learn how therapists use it.
Arachnophobia: Understanding the Fear of Spiders
Arachnophobia, the fear of spiders, is a common specific phobia. If you have arachnophobia, you will probably go out of your way to avoid spiders.
Understanding the Fear of Isolation or "Cabin Fever"
Cabin fever is an idiomatic term for a relatively common reaction to intense isolation. Many people fear isolation and the fear can become a phobia.
Understanding Chionophobia: The Fear of Snow
Chionophobia, or intense fear of snow, is a type of phobia categorized as a natural environment phobia. Learn more about the weather-related phobia.
What is Cleithrophobia or the Fear of Being Trapped?
Cleithrophobia, or the fear of being trapped, is a phobia of getting stuck. It's confused with claustrophobia, which focuses on the size of a space.
Cryophobia - Understanding the Fear of Cold
Cryophobia is the fear of cold. Everyone perceives temperature slightly differently, so no two people experience cryophobia in exactly the same ways.
Aerophobia: The Fear of Flying
Aerophobia, or fear of flying, is a relatively common but potentially devastating phobia. Learn causes of aerophobia and how it is generally treated.
Do You Fear Thunder and Lightning?
Astraphobia, or fear of thunder and lightning, is common in children, but can affect people of any age. Symptoms include sweating, shaking and crying.
The Fear of Loud Noises | Ligyrophobia 101
Ligyrophobia, sometimes known as phonophobia, is the fear of loud noises. The phobia is more common in kids than adults, but equally debilitating.
Animal Phobias - What's Normal and What's Not?
Many people are scared of certain animals, like snakes and dogs. Find out if your animal phobia is common - and if you should seek help for it.
Fear of Submerged Objects | Submechanophobia 101
The fear of submerged objects encompasses many related phobias such as submechanophobia. Learn more about the phobias related to submerged objects.
What Is Automatonophobia?
Although full blown automatonophobia, or fear of humanoid figures, is rare, a certain level of nervousness is common. Learn more about this rare phobia.
Causes, Treatment, and Complications of Climacophobia
Climacophobia, or fear of climbing, is a complex diagnosis as symptoms resemble other phobias and medical issues. Learn more about this unique phobia.
Cynophobia - Fear of Dogs
Cynophobia, or fear of dogs, is extremely common. What causes this phobia, and how can it affect your life? Is treatment available? Find out here!
Do You Have Fear or Phobia? How to Tell the Difference
If you are afraid of something specific, it can be difficult to decide whether you are experiencing a fear or phobia. A phobia is sometimes seen as simply a worse level of fear. This is not entirely accurate, though. Read on for more information on the differences between phobia and simple fear.
What is the Collective Unconscious?
The collective unconscious, originally defined by Carl Jung, refers to a segment of the deepest unconscious mind not shaped by personal experience.
How Constructivism Relates to Understandings of Phobias
Constructivism is a learning theory that explains learning as an active attempt to construct meaning in the world. Learn how this can relate to phobias.
What Is Conversion Disorder?
Understanding the definition of conversion disorder, along with its telltale symptoms and risk factors, is the first step toward getting help.
What is Counter-Transference?
Counter-transference is a potentially damaging yet relatively common process in a therapeutic relationship. How do therapists guard against it?
Using Behavior Modeling to Help Patients With Phobias
Behavior modeling is a powerful therapeutic tool, but it can be negative as well as positive. What is behavior modeling and how is it used?
Erythrophobia: The Fear of Blushing
The fear of blushing, erythrophobia, is an ironic fear. The more afraid we become, the stronger the blushing response tends to be. Here's how to cope.
Ataque de Nervios - Understanding Puerto Rico Syndrome
Ataque de nervios, or Puerto Rico syndrome, is a culturally-bound psychological disorder, similar to a panic attack, exclusive to Latino cultures.
Fear of Doctors | What You Need to Know About Iatrophobia
The fear of doctors is surprisingly common. Read on for tips on how to tell whether you have iatrophobia and how to cope with this limiting fear.
Pediophobia: The Fear of Dolls
Pediophobia, or fear of dolls, is fairly common and may take many forms. Some people are afraid of all dolls, while others fear only specific types.
The Link Between Phobias, Behavior, and Culture
Phobias are common worldwide. While some appear to be universal, others are specific to certain cultures. Learn about the link between phobias and culture.
Depersonalization/Derealization Disorder - A Feeling of Disconnection
Learn symptoms, causes and treatments for depersonalization/derealization disorder, a dissociative disorder that effects 2 percent of people.
Managing Claustrophobia During Medical Procedures
A fear of enclosed spaces keeps some people from getting CT scans, MRIs and other important tests. Find out how to manage your claustrophobia.
How to Find a Therapist to Treat Your Phobia
A complete guide to finding a reputable therapist who can help you manage your phobia. Plus, advice for getting it covered by insurance.
Phobias in Daily Life - Living Your Daily Life With a Phobia
Dealing with daily life while managing a phobia can be difficult for both the sufferer and his or her loved ones. Learn how to manage the stress and get back to healthy living.
Phobias Treatment and Diagnosis - How Phobias are Diagnosed and Treated
Diagnosing and treating phobias can only be done by a trained mental health professional. However, it is important to be aware of the different symptoms, diagnoses and treatment options.
Diagnosing a Phobia
A phobia is an irrational yet intense fear of an object or situation. Read on for information about diagnosing a phobia.
Thanatophobia - Fear of Death
The fear of death is ancient and primal. However, not all thanatophobia is the same. Read on for important information on the various causes and treatments for this common phobia.
Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia: Fear of Long Words
Effects, history of the term, symptoms and ways to handle the fear of long words, a phobia that can be life-limiting, especially for children.
Fear of Rejection - Phobia Definitions
The fear of rejection is common but insidious. Over time, a fear of rejection can escalate into additional phobias. Even milder cases may cause us to limit our activities and prevent us from reaching our goals or pursuing our dreams.
The Medical Model in Psychology
According to the theory of biological psychology, phobias result from physical differences in the brain which can be addressed through medication.
Fear of Snakes Phobia | Ophidiophobia 101
Learn about ophidiophobia, the fear of snakes. Learn the effects, symptoms and treatment of this subcategory of herpetophobia, the fear of reptiles.
What is Nyctophobia? and How to Treat it
Nyctophobia, or debilitating fear of the dark, is one of the most common specific phobias in children ages 6 through 12 and highly treatable.
Bathmophobia - Fear of Stairs or Slopes
Bathmophobia, or fear of stairs and slopes, can be tricky to diagnose. Symptoms are shared with a range of other disorders, such as fear of heights, fear of climbing and medical vertigo.
Your First Therapy Appointment to Treat a Phobia
A first therapy appointment can be nerve-wracking. Knowing what to expect can calm your nerves and ensure a more productive initial appointment.
What to Expect at Your Child's First Therapy Appointment
Find out how to prepare for your child's first therapy appointment for a phobia - and what you can expect to happen when you get there.
What Is the Fear of Chewing Gum?
The fear of chewing gum is known as chiclephobia. Although rare, this phobia can cause issues in daily life. Oprah Winfrey is arguably the best-known sufferer of chiclephobia.
Monophobia - the Fear of Being Alone
Monophobia, or the fear of being alone, takes many different forms. No matter which form you have, some basic coping strategies may help.
Zuigerphobia is the Fear of Vacuum Cleaners
The fear of vacuum cleaners highly treatable. It is not uncommon for young children and pets though cases in older kids and adults are rare.
Phagophobia - Fear of Swallowing
Phagophobia, or the fear of swallowing, is often triggered by a bad eating experience. Similar to the fear of choking, phagophobia may worsen over time, eventually leading to a severely restricted diet. Fortunately, treatment is usually simple and effective.
What Is the Fear of Mirrors?
The fear of mirrors may have many different root causes. Some fears are rooted in body image issues, others in the fear of the supernatural.
Neophobia Is the Fear of New Things
Neophobia is the fear of new things. Neophobia is most common in children and adults. Neophobia may be related to the twin fears of success and failure.
Nosocomephobia: The Fear of Hospitals Is Real
Noscomephobia, or fear of hospitals, is often linked to other medical phobias. Here's why, and how to decipher hospital phobia from normal anxiety.
What Is the Fear of Technology?
Technophobia is much older than the current digital revolution. Why are we afraid of new technology and what does the fear teach us about ourselves?
What Is Dementophobia or the Fear of Madness?
Dementophobia is the fear of madness or going insane. Some people are afraid of institutionalization or social stigma; others fear mental illness.
What Is the Fear of Throwing Things Out?
Collecting is a natural tendency, but hoarders go too far. Though hoarding is not technically a phobia, the symptoms and treatment are similar.
Chronophobia - The Fear of Time
Chronophobia is the fear of time and presents in those who are afraid of time passing, particularly prisoners and the elderly.
The Fear of Escalators | Escalaphobia 101
Escalaphobia, or the fear of escalators, is associated with escalator accidents but why are we so afraid, and how can we treat this common phobia?
What Is Object Relations Theory? The Mom Factor in Relationships
Focusing on our relationships with others, object relations theory acknowledges that our first and most important relationship is with our mother.
Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment of Phobias
A phobia can be defined as an intense and irrational fear. Understand the definitions of anxiety and phobia and how they are treated.
All About Therapists | Understanding What Your Therapist Does
Your therapist is an important part of the treatment team. Here is a look at what to expect from your therapist or counselor and the best way to work.
Understanding Obama's Health Care Plan - Affordable Care Act
The quest for universal health care has largely defined Barack Obama's presidency. With the passage of H.R. 3590: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Obama's plan is now a reality.
Treatment Options for Phobias - Phobia Treatment
If you have been diagnosed with a phobia, you may wonder about your options for treatment. Find out here about commonly used treatment options.
Top 10 Common Specific Phobias
A specific phobia is fear of a specified object or event. From Acrophobia (fear of heights) to germophobia (fear of germs), there are many types of phobias.
Learning Theory and Phobias
Theories on the development of phobias can be loosely divided into three types. Learning theory is a broad classification that includes several important theories. Read on to find out more.
Phobias-Living With Phobias
Living with a phobia can be difficult. Read on for advice on managing your phobia and learning to live with the condition.
What is Therapeutic Role-Playing for Phobia Treatment?
Therapeutic role-playing is a technique that allows a person with a phobia to practice new behaviors. It is used to treat mental health disorders.
What is Therapeutic Rapport?
A successful mental health treatment plan is dependent on your commitment to the goals and developing a good therapeutic rapport with your therapist.
Mental Health Counseling Options for Phobias
Successful treatment through therapy is available for the vast majority of phobia sufferers, although social phobia more frequently requires drugs.
The Psychology of Fear
Fear is one of the most primal human emotions, consisting of both a physiological and an emotional response. Fear is experienced uniquely by everyone.
Dealing With a Phobia - Can You Just Get Over It?
Trying to deal with a serious phobia on your own can actually make things worse. Here's how to know if you need help to get over your fear.
5 Questions to Ask Youself After an Initial Diagnosis
Your initial diagnosis may be important to your insurance company, but may not always be correct. Make sure to verify you have been diagnosed correctly.
What is Individual Therapy?
Individual therapy, which allows the therapist and client to focus on each other, can be either psychoanalysis and cognitive-behavioral therapy.
Understanding Talk Therapy
Talk therapy or psychotherapy is one of the most common treatments for phobias. Talking can help you put in perspective what's bothering you.
Agoraphobia is a specific type of phobia, hallmarked by the fear of having a panic attack in public. Learn more about the symptoms of agoraphobia.
Hypochondriasis: A Fear of Illness
Hyponchondriasis, or hypochondria, is an often-misunderstood disorder. It is not technically a phobia, but shares many of the same symptoms.
How Does Clinical Hypnotherapy Work?
Clinical hypnotherapy -- used to treat phobias -- is very different from stage hypnosis. In a hypnotic state, you are taught to conquer your phobia.
Why You Need a Support Person
There's no need to face your phobia alone; a support person can help you better manage your condition. Find out about four types of social support.
Recognizing the Symptoms of Phobias
A phobia can be defined as an intense and irrational fear of something specific. Read on to find out more about the symptoms of phobias.
What is the Stop! Technique?
You can use the Stop! Technique to stop racing thoughts or obsessive worrying. It is common in cognitive-behavioral therapy based treatment plans.
How Zoloft (Sertraline) Works
Zoloft (sertraline) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). It slows the reabsorption of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain.
Scoptophobia - the Fear of Being Stared At
Scoptophobia is the fear of being stared at. For some, this fear is life-limiting, leading sufferers to avoid even casual encounters with friends.
What Is Revolving Door Syndrome?
Revolving door syndrome is the tendency to relapse. Some evidence says that anxiety disorders ebb and flow. Phobias can worsen when under stress.
Religion and Phobias: The Link Between Faith and Fear
Certain types of phobias may have a religious component. Learn more about the interaction between faith and fear, and how to treat your phobias.
Relaxation Techniques for Phobias
These relaxation techniques can help you deal with your phobia when it strikes. We also share tips for calming your mind to prevent a phobic reaction.
What Are the Goals of Therapy for Phobia?
The goals of therapy for phobia are to reduce or eliminate the symptoms preventing you from doing essential tasks, including work, chores and love.
Glossophobia: The Fear of Public Speaking
Glossophobia, or the fear of public speaking, is surprisingly common. Unfortunately, it can also be extremely life-limiting.
What You Need To Know About PTSD and Phobias
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the most common psychological effect of severe trauma. Phobias can also increase in times of extreme stress.
5 Emotional Impacts of Phobias
Emotional impacts faced by phobia sufferers include feeling helpless, isolated, embarrassed or out of control. Phobias can also become life-limiting.
Psychoanalytic Theory of Phobias
There are three major categories of theories on the nature of phobias. Freud's psychoanalytic theory is one of the oldest.
What Psycho-Educational Group Therapy?
A psychoeducational group is clinically proven as an effective therapy for phobia, to educate clients about their disorders and ways of coping.
What Is a Physiological Response?
Many phobia sufferers have physiological responses to fear that include shaking, nausea, panic, sweating, heart palpitations, dizziness and sweating.
Anxiety Disorders - Distinguishing a Phobia from Another Anxiety Disorder
Many symptoms of phobias are very similar to those of other anxiety disorders. Read on for information on how to tell the difference.
Phobia Myths - Common Myths About Phobias
Phobias, like many mental health disorders, are shrouded in myths and legends. Separate the fact from the fiction here.
Philemaphobia 101 | The Fear of Kissing
Philemaphobia, or the fear of kissing, may occur at any age and involves fear of germs or saliva, while others are afraid of the vulnerability of it.
Do You Have a Fear of Cruise Ships?
What's causing your fear of cruise ships? Learn about the possible triggers, from aquaphobia (fear of water) to hypochondriasis (fear of illness).
Definition of Parroting Conversational Technique
Parroting is a conversational technique where a therapist loosely repeats what the client has just said to help him or her clarify his or her thoughts.
Understanding Food Phobias
Food-related phobias run the gamut from the fear of food to the fear of vomiting. Although these phobias vary, they also share some commonalities.
What is Mass Hysteria?
Mass hysteria is a form of groupthink, in which many people behave or react to something real or imagined in an uncontrolled or extreme way.
How Does Information Processing Help Phobias?
Information processing is one of the basic tenets of cognitive theory. What exactly is it, and why is it important to phobia treatment?
Meds for Social Phobia, Agoraphobia and Specific Phobia
Learn about the benefits and side-effects of common medications your physician may prescribe for social phobia, agoraphobia or specific phobia.
3 Theories to Explain the Development of Phobias
Experts are not yet certain what causes phobias, however, current theories can be broken down into three major categories. Learn what those theories are.
D-Cycloserine: A Promising Phobia Treatment
Why the tuberculosis medication D-cycloserine, alongside exposure therapy, has shown promise in the treatment of phobias and other anxiety disorders.
What Causes Phobias?
The causes of phobias are not yet fully understood. However, researchers have identified several possible factors. Read on to discover some possible causes of phobias.
Therapeutic Milieu | Overcoming Setbacks in a Group Setting
A therapeutic milieu is a structured group setting in which its existence is the key to the outcome of treatment. Learn how group therapy works.
Reader Phobia Stories - Readers Share Their Phobia Stories
Having a phobia can make you feel isolated and misunderstood. But here you are among others who truly understand what you are going through. Share your own experiences, or read stories that have been shared by others.