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.

What Exacly is Atychiphobia?

A person with atychiphobia needs to be understood by others and they themselves need to understand what is going on inside their mind. They need to know the symptoms and causes of their phobia; fear of failure. This phobia can disrupt a persons quality of life if the person is oblivious to it.

What is the Cause of a Fear of Heights?

The fear of heights is one of the more common phobias, and is also known as acrophobia. There are several theories regarding the cause of a fear of heights, but with each theory, the person’s personal history and current medical condition should be taken into consideration.

What is the Definition of Autophobia?

Do you enjoy spending time alone? If you are one of the many people who suffer from autophobia, the answer is most likely “no”. Autophobics suffer from an intense fear of being alone that can often stem from a traumatic early childhood experience.

How to Overcome Autophobia Fear

There are many types of treatments and therapies available for those that suffer from autophobia, or the fear of being alone. With the proper diagnosis and treatment plan autophobics can go on to lead lives free from the fear and anxiety of being alone.

What is a Phobia? Insights and Answers

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.

The Origin of Nyctophobia Explored

Derived from the Greek word for night “nyx” and fear “phobos”, nyctophobia is a phobia of the night or darkness. Sometimes known as scotophobia, lygophobia and achluophobia, there has been little research conducted on the origins of nyctophobia.

Driving Phobias and How to Get Rid of Them

There are many reasons why some people suffer from driving phobias. It can be a disorder related to or a symptom of depression. For some of us, a bad experience when driving causes the phobia. Is it possible to overcome the fear of driving even if you’re stricken with an anxiety or panic disorder?

The Cure for Arachnophobia

Arachnophobia, or the fear of spiders, has been around for centuries. Learn the surprising origins of this historical phobia and what treatment options are available to cure arachnophobia.