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Phobia (news articles below)

A phobia is an intense fear or feeling of anxiety that occurs only in a particular situation that frightens you. This might be something as seemingly logical as a fear of heights, or as illogical as a fear of the colour green. At other times you don’t feel anxious. For example, if you have a phobia of spiders (as millions of people do) you only feel anxious when there’s a spider around, otherwise you feel fine. About one in ten people has a significant phobia, although few people seek treatment. People develop phobias to all sorts of things. Each phobia has its own name. Some (of a very long list) include:
  • musophobia – fear of mice
  • peladophobia – fear of bald people
  • amathophobia – fear of dust
  • pnigophobia – fear of choking or smothering
  • maieusiophobia – fear of childbirth
  • homichlophobia – fear of fog
  • arachibutyrophobia – fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth
Phobias make people avoid situations they know will make them anxious, but this can actually make the phobia worse. A person’s life can becomes increasingly dominated by the precautions they take to avoid a situation they fear. You may know there’s no real danger and you may feel embarrassed by your fear, but you’re still unable to control it. It’s better to confront your fears, even if it’s in a very careful way or with the help of a trained therapist. A phobia is more likely to go away if it has started after a distressing or traumatic event.   This article was last medically reviewed by Dr Trisha Macnair in August 2005. First published in November 1997.  

Phobias News:


MagpieRSS: Failed to parse RSS file. (> required at line 46, column 34) Health Calendar (Winston-Salem Journal) – Today DIABETES EXPO: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the education building at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. There will be over 25 exhibits including local diabetes and fitness centers and drug companies, along with free screenings for stroke sssessment consisting of cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar.Refreshments will be provided and participants will receive a free gift while … Research and Markets: Anxiety, Phobias & Panic Disorders – 2009 Edition Includes Guidelines for the Evaluation and … (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance) – DUBLIN, Ireland—-Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Anxiety, Phobias & Panic Disorders – 2009 Edition” report to their offering. Jumpin’ spiders! These critters leap! (Kitchener – Waterloo Record) – VANCOUVER (Mar 26, 2009) — Even flying and public speaking pale in comparison to spiders on the list of most common phobias. University of B.C. expert discovers dozens of new jumping spider species (CNews) – VANCOUVER, B.C. – Even flying and public speaking pale in comparison to spiders on the list of most common phobias. And that was before University of British Columbia professor Wayne Maddison discovered dozens of previously unknown jumping spiders that can leap up to 30 times their body length. Wilmington health center to host tai chi, fitness classes (Wilmington Advocate) – Wilmington classes for tai chi and fitness after 50 have been scheduled for April, courtesy of the Winchester Hospital?s Community Health Institute. Telephone Line (The Reader) – Today?s quote of the day ? at least according to artist Matthew Dehaemers ? is one about the greater good. Research and Markets: Updated Edition on Disease State Management Strategies II. Clinical Behavioral Health Guidelines … (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance) – DUBLIN, Ireland—-Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Disease State Management Strategies II. Clinical Behavioral Health Guidelines, 2nd edition ” report to their offering. Health Calendar (Winston-Salem Journal) – Today BABY CARE: Babies”R”Us will present an infant care workshop, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Babies”R”Us, 975 Hanes Mall Blvd. The workshop will to teach new and expectant parents the essentials needed to keep their baby clean, healthy and happy, and an opportunity to interact with other moms and dads. The workshop is free and open to new and expectant parents, grandparents and caregivers. For more … Hate crimes laws ? fighting bias with fascism: The speech I never gave (Jewish World Review) – http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Author’s Note: I was invited by the UMass Republicans to give this address at a forum at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst on March 11. Due to an organized and highly disruptive demonstration by a mob of socialists. “peace activists” and homosexuals, I was unable to deliver the speech. Do we overprotect our children? (BBC News) – The question of whether or not it is safe to let children play outside the home has become a dilemma for parents. All content within WomensHealthOnly.com is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or any other health care professional. WomensHealthOnly.com is not responsible or liable for any diagnosis made by a user based on the content of WomensHealthOnly.com website.

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