Phobias & Fears

Everyone has normal fears and dislikes. Someone may dislike public bathrooms, but they will use them in a pinch if they have to. Phobias are irrational fears that impede daily life. Someone suffering from a phobia of public bathrooms may choose to stay home all the time rather than risk having to use one. Phobias can be caused by a traumatic event or develop from childhood fears. Common phobias include agoraphobia, fear of public spaces; arachnophobia, fear of spiders; claustrophobia, fear of enclosed spaces; and many others. Learn more about the symptoms and treatments of phobias including some more uncommon phobias you may not have heard of.

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  • Putting Ergophobia Under the Spotlight
    Some people dread going to work every day and have minor difficulties managing daily pressures on the job. Others feel extreme fear of work, or the workplace, and need psychological treatment to cope. Read about the causes of ergophobia, its symptoms, and how this condition is treated.
  • Conquer Your Germ Phobia
    Are you a mysophobic? You may be more familiar with the term 'germaphobe.' Whatever the word, if the fear of germs has you washing your hands repeatedly and avoiding people and objects, read this article. Learn about effective germ phobia treatments and stop allowing this fear to control your life.
  • How Social Phobics can Find a Rewarding Career
    Social phobia interferes with abilities to interact with the world. This fear can make most everything related to employment challenging, from deciding on appropriate career choices to networking and landing a job. The following article offers advice on choosing a career for a social phobic.
  • Understanding Chrometophobia: The Fear of Money
    Money worries are a normal part of life for most people, but if these fears are persistent you may have chrometophobia. The term has numerous definitions, all of which involve money and concepts related to money. Read on to find out more.
  • How to Overcome Dendrophobia Fear
    Dendrophobia fear affects a surprising number of people. Learn what defines dendrophobia and what treatment options are available for those who suffer from this rarely talked about phobia.
  • Conquer Your People Phobia
    Social phobia is a condition that causes overwhelming anxiety and fear, especially the fear of being judged by others. Fortunately, you don't have to suffer endlessly. There are treatments that can help you conquer your phobia of people allowing you to enjoy social settings.
  • How to Overcome Germ Phobia
    Incessantly washing hands, scrubbing surfaces in the home, and avoiding door handles — that is a peek into the life of someone who has a germ phobia. It's also called spermophobia or mysophobia, and means the sufferer has a certain type of obsessive-compulsive disorder or OCD.
  • Beating Phobia with Group Therapy
    Can group therapy help you conquer your phobia? This type of therapy can be a useful method of treating phobias, and is a standard treatment for social phobia in particular.
  • Phobias - More than Simple Fears
    The National Institute of Mental Health states that about 40 million adults in the United States have an anxiety disorder, including specific phobias, social phobia and agoraphobia. But what is a phobia? It is more than just a fear — it is excessive or unreasonable, interfering in patients' lives.
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