Where can I get help and support?

Social anxiety, as well as the other anxiety problems, can be treated.

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Your GP should be best to advice you. If your doctor seems to not understand Social Anxiety he is not best for you. In this case I would suggest you seek alternative medical advice. If he doesnt understand the dynamics of Social Anxiety how can he help you overcome it?

It is also possible your doctor mistakes your problem and tries to convince you it might be “just stress” or something similar. In this case you should try to explain in greater detail when and what triggers your “attacks” or alternatively, speak to a councillor. In most cases councillors are aware of psychological problems and have greater experience with people that suffer from anxiety disorders.

As it is still quite an unknown problem, Social Anxiety is not yet a generally accepted disorder and therefore doctors are not always aware of the problems unless they either have known a patient for quite some time or have had encounters with SA before hand. Either way you should not be afraid to tell your doctor.…


I knew it wasn't just me.

Spiders. I hate them. I have no use for them. The only good spider is a dead spider. I could go on and on. And believe me, I have. I've also heard about how the majority of spiders are good for the environment because they eat all of those pesky insects that would otherwise make our lives miserable.

I don't care. If I have to spend the rest of my life buying insecticides, so be it. And the best part is I'm not alone. If you do a search for common phobias on the Internet, spiders consistently show up on the top ten lists of most sites. Why? I don't know. But I do know that even looking at one in a book can send shivers up my spine worse than watching Kate Gosselin on "Dancing With the Stars."

What is it about spiders that terrify me so? I wish I knew. I would love to get to the root of my fear and conquer it. But I don't see it happening in this lifetime, mainly because most websites suggest confronting your fear. And there is no way on earth you are going to stick me in a room with a spider and expect both of us to come out alive. In fact, I wouldn't place bets on the walls of the room surviving either.

I suppose it is human nature to be afraid of something, lots of things. Fear is probably one of the greatest motivators humans have. Fear has forced me to take positive steps in my life that I might not otherwise. Going to college, graduate school, leaving my hometown, flying, all were scary when I first did them. But they all paid off in their own way. But when that fear takes control of you and becomes paralyzing, does that make it a phobia? I don't encounter spiders every day, especially spiders that could be potentially harmful to me. But the knowledge that a spider will probably never cause me any real harm wasn't enough to stop me from slamming my hand into the side of my parents' house and moving it two feet off its foundation when I realized that a spider was biting my wrist. I'm not sure which hurt worse, the spider bite, or smashing it so hard that I left a permanent indention in the side of the house. At any rate, the spider bit the dust, and that's really all that matters. Did I feel remorse? No. Did I want to crawl out of my skin and run it through the washing machine? You betcha.

Most of the websites I read on phobias agree that phobias are learned reactions and feelings. So where did this phobia come from? I'm sure it wasn't from watching "Kingdom of the Spiders" when I was eight. Stupid cable television. If not for that I have no doubt I would be a fully functioning, normal human being. So it's really not my fault that a furry little arachnid with eight legs can make me want to invest in a used flame thrower.

I really don't mean to make light of phobias. I know of people who are so afraid of certain objects or situations that it truly does impact their day to day lives. As for my fear of spiders, it helps to remind myself that, as I said before, I am not going to run into spiders every day. But that will start to change as warm weather approaches. I can also take steps to avoid certain areas where …

Phobias from A to Z

Most of us have heard of Agoraphobia (fear of public places), Arachnophobia (fear of spiders), and Claustrophobia (fear of closed in spaces). However, many of us have not heard of some of the more uncommon and sometimes even humorous fears, however irrational they may seem to be.

We all have the occasional itch, sometimes caused by an annoying insect, or sometimes occurring for no reason at all. Given a little time that itch will always go away so most people don't view itching as a big deal. People with Acarophobia do view itches as a big deal. Acarophobia is considered a rare fear, affecting less than 200,000 members of the United States population.

All of us do it everybody without thought or concern for it. All people need to walk in their everyday lives. People with Basophobia are scared of walking. Since all of us need to walk to function, Basophobia can be an extremely debilitating fear. Luckily Basophobia is considered an extremely rare fear.

We all have to have it to survive. Some of us have a lot of it, and some of us have very little of it, but nevertheless we all need money to put a roof over our head and food on the table. To the average person, money does not need to be feared, so to us it seems irrational, but people with Chrematophobia to fear money. It can be fairly debilitating, however most sufferers find ways to cope with their fear. Chrematophobia is extremely rare, so it is unlikely that you will meet someone with this fear.

Most Americans live in a house or an apartment building. Usually, in most homes, there is nothing to be afraid of, except for the monsters that your child insists are in their room at night. People who suffer from Domatophobia are afraid of houses or being inside a house. Almost anyplace you go, there will be houses, so this is a fear that is hard to avoid. Like most of these unheard of phobias, this one is also extremely rare.

Some of us did well on those SAT exams, and some us did horrible on them, but regardless, we all needed to have some amount of knowledge to take them. People with Epistemophobia are afraid of knowledge. We all possess knowledge so Epistemophobia is an extremely debilitating condition.

We all take advantage of the cold or cold objects in our everyday lives. Many of our favorite foods need to be refrigerated or put in the freezer, we use ice cubes to cool a warm drink, and we use cold items to dull our aches and pains. Like it or hate it, the cold is a part of our everyday lives. Frigophobia is the fear of cold or cold objects. Luckily for people who suffer from Frigophobia, the cold or cold objects can often be avoided.

Most happy people do it often. I'm of course talking about laughing. We laugh at the jokes of others, laugh at ourselves or other people, or just laugh for no apparent reason. Geliophobia is the fear of laughter. For the most part, we can try to avoid laughing or being near laughter at the expense of potentially being miserable.

One-third of our lives are spent sleeping. After a long hard day most of us look forward to a good nights rest. For people who suffer from Hypnophobia, sleep can be a dreaded event. Unfortunately, it is impossible to avoid sleep so sufferers may not get much rest from this phobia.

All of us have ideas ranging from extremely smart to extremely dumb. …