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Doctor insights on: Facts About Arachnophobia

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Is there real arachnophobia?

Is there real arachnophobia?

Yes: Phobias are irrational fears, and some people have phobia of spiders. For them arachnophobia is real. ...Read more

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How do you cure arachnophobia?

How do you cure arachnophobia?

Many therapies exist: Arachnophobia is an extreme fear of spiders. It is considered a phobia if the provoked anxiety is overwhelming and functionally debilitating. Phobias that are mild can be overcome with relaxation and self-help techniques, but more intractable cases require professional help. Behavioral therapy, such as exposure therapy, and medications can be prescribed to overcome these very real difficulties. ...Read more

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Should I see a shrink about my arachnophobia?

Should I see a shrink about my arachnophobia?

Arachnophobia: Fear of spiders is very common. Most people with mild phobias do not need to see a psychiatrist or therapist. However if your fear of spiders is interfering with your life then you could consider counseling. ...Read more

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What symptoms would mean I have arachnophobia?

What symptoms would mean I have arachnophobia?

Fear of spiders: Very few people are fond of spiders, but if you are so afraid of them that it seems silly even to you, then you can self-diagnose arachnophobia. Phobias are easy for a skilled mental health expert to treat, but don't try to understand them; i know one physician who self-cured fear of heights by learning to skydive. Good luck. ...Read more

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Are there medications out there for arachnophobia?

Are there medications out there for arachnophobia?

Maybe: This condition appears to be a type of ocd. Though there are drugs that may be helpful, psychotherapy is still the mainstay in ocd. Ask your family physician to recommend a psychologist and try this before any drugs. ...Read more

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Do people get medication for severe arachnophobia?

Do people get medication for severe arachnophobia?

Yes: Anxiety and phobia can be treated with anti-anxiety meds. Cognitive therapy and deconditioning wotk too, there just aren't that many spiders out there to maintain the phobia. ...Read more

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Is there a test to show if you have arachnophobia?

Is there a test to show if you have arachnophobia?

No.: A phobia is a fear which is disproportionate or "irrational" to the feared object. Can't find this in any body fluid. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: arachnophobia?

What is the definition or description of: arachnophobia?

Fear of Spiders: Arachnophobia or arachnephobia (from the greek: ??????, aráchn?, "spider" and ?????, phóbos, "fear") is a specific phobia, the fear of spiders and other arachnids such as scorpions.[1]. ...Read more

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Any self-help tips for arachnophobia?

Any self-help tips for arachnophobia?

Start with general: Anxiety management strategies and daily living habits for overall improved stress management and skill development including visual imagery. Then apply these strategies to graduated 'exposure' to the thoughts and viewings of spiders until you are more comfortable/less terrified. Try 'the relaxation and stress reduction workbook.' if not sufficient success, seek professional help. Best regards. ...Read more