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Fear of Spiders

There have been a few reports in the press lately about people being bitten by false widow spiders and needing hospital treatment.  The headlines have been unnecessarily scaremongering, giving the impression that the spider bite is potentially deadly.  There has never been a fatal spider bite in the UK, but …

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Agoraphobia

This word literally means “fear of the market place” (phobia is fear, agora means market place) It’s often used to describe a fear of open spaces, and frequently includes: difficulties with going to shops, being in a crowd, public places including cinemas and restaurants using public transport – tubes, trains, …

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Social Anxiety Disorder

Social anxiety disorder, also called social phobia is said to be the third most common mental disorder.  This is an anxiety disorder in which a person has an excessive and unreasonable fear of social situations.  The intense nervousness and self-consciousness comes from a fear of being closely watched and being …

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The fear of flying – what makes those thoughts feel so overpowering?

Most of us watch or listen to the news, so chances are we’ll come across aeroplane related headline stories at some time – and the ones that make the news are generally bad news!. But though it may seem like there are loads of these stories, the reports cover the …

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