See, no crying or big needles, just a person of colour showing off his plaster. This image does the job without scaring people and demonstrates diversity.
Our well-meaning efforts to use images to help demystify the vaccination process or share our pride in getting a COVID vaccine can backfire.
Tokophobia goes beyond normal childbirth concerns and worries and becomes an intense and irrational fear of pregnancy and/or labour.
An Italian study revealed how a murder mystery novel and a medical rarity were used to whip up media hysteria about spiders.
It’s hard not to be scared of an invisible and spreading threat.
AP Photo/Markus Schreiber
It can feel like everyone is stewing in anxiety about COVID-19 and seeing other people freak out can make you freak out more. A psychiatrist explains this phenomenon, and how to keep it in check.
Early interventions might help protect autistic children from anxiety disorders in adulthood.
Phobias are an intense fear of very specific things like objects, places, situations or animals.
There are three main scenarios that may influence whether or not you develop a phobia.
How a phobia of the dentist can ruin your smile.
Steatoda grossa, also known as the false black widow spider, poses little threat to humans. True black widows only bite when they are disturbed.
Our fear of spiders is driven by a lack of information, but these fascinating creatures are often more harmless than harmful.
If someone has a fear of dogs, a therapist might try to reframe their beliefs to ones such as: ‘most dogs are friendly’
A recent study found that half of patients who had therapy to help them cope with painful memories had a relapse four years later. So, is there a way to erase unwanted memories for good?
Tokophobia is a pathological fear of pregnancy and can lead to avoidance of childbirth.
Don’t look down … do we develop a fear of heights because of past bad experiences or are some of us just born that way?
There are two schools of thought to explain people’s height phobias: evolutionary and behavioural.
If this spider is making you feel extremely anxious, sweaty or uncomfortable, exposure therapy might help.
Many people with phobias are understandably reluctant to face their fears. But gradual exposure using virtual reality headsets can help with everything from a fear of spiders, heights or flying.
Today, the causes of many phobias are as inscrutable as ever – but they were only ‘invented’ in the 19th century.
Nothing sinister about this dark, misty forest…
Your phobias might just be influencing another’s fears.
Some people focus their fear of death on smaller and more manageable threats.
We manage our fear of death by creating a sense of permanence and meaning in life. But for some people, death anxiety results in pathological coping mechanisms, such as being afraid of spiders.
Warning: gross but highly sharable pictures of holes that might fill you with disgust.
Don’t be nervous.
Fears about air travel are common and entirely understandable. Human beings have not evolved to fly (beyond the fact that we have evolved brains sophisticated enough to invent aircraft). In an alien environment…
Coming for me next?
I have personal interest in arachnophobia – the fear of spiders – because I am a spider expert, but also because my daughter has it. She is not alone. According to the American Psychiatric Association…
Extreme anxiety is debilitating.
Anxiety is a common experience. It is entirely normal to feel anxious in certain circumstances or when imagining possible misfortunes. However, for some people it gets out of hand and severely affects…
Not just a party trick.
Despite long standing associations with mysticism and stage hypnotism, hypnosis has also been used for medical and scientific purposes. For well over a century, hypnosis has been used to treat a wide range…