Phobias

Scientists Can Now Remove Individual Fears From Your Brain

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Tech

Can’t stand the sight of anything with eight legs? New technology could cure arachnophobes as scientists have worked out how to remove specific fear...

The Monster Under The Bed

Davina Taylor | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Parents
Davina Taylor

Phobias are life-limiting. On the darkest of days, if you let them, they can consume you. I know this because I have a phobia that I battle with every single day of my life. Sometimes this phobia makes crazy thoughts appear in my head.

Washing Machines, Telephones, The Sky Man And Doorbells

Laura De Stefano | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Laura De Stefano

I'm talking, if you haven't already guessed, about misophonia. Misophonia is, if you like, a fancy word for the hypersensitivity to sound. It's my belief that there are more people out there who experience this than know they experience it. I didn't know there were others out there like me until a few months ago.

Woman Showers For First Time In 30 Years After Conquering Phobia

Caters News Agency | Natasha Hinde | Posted 03.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A woman has showered for the first time in 30 years after conquering her water phobia in just one hour - thanks to a hypnotist. Donna McMahon, 35, fro...

What It's Like To Have A Phobia Of Being Without A Phone

PA Real Life | Rachel Moss | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A 27-year-old has revealed how her phobia of being without her mobile phone, known as ‘nomophobia,’ is so severe she refuses to leave the house un...

Take the Fear Out of Flying

Victoria Ward | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Ward

For many of us, the arrival of summer means excitedly counting the days until we down tools and set up the out-of-office before we head off to warmer shores for a fortnight in the sun. For those with a flying phobia, however, that dream holiday can become a nightmare plagued with anxiety and fear.

Glastonbury and the Curse of the Long Drop

Andrew Cunningham | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Andrew Cunningham

Glastonbury has been reducing the number of Portaloos in favour of the greener 'Long Drop". Although the portable loo was no delight, it did have a seat and a lock and a roof. Whereas the Long drop though worthy, lacks the privacy of a sealed cubicle. It also has the long drop, striking fear into the toilet phobic.

Adults Reveal Their Irrational (And Hilarious) Childhood Fears

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle

From pineapples to their aunt's hair, adults on Reddit have been sharing their weird, wonderful and completely irrational childhood fears. Thank good...

Are You Passing on Your Own Fears and Phobias to Your Children?

Heather Montoute | Posted 09.10.2016 | UK Parents
Heather Montoute

When we have children, we need to be very careful about how we react when we're in their presence because we will invariably pass on our fear to them.

Can We Now Agree to Do Something About the Great Moth Problem?

David Mooney | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Comedy
David Mooney

It's about time someone did something about the growing moth problem. David Cameron could earn a lot of favour if he decided to get tough on moths. Introduce an anti-moth policy. That referendum would get a decent turn out. No, YOUR reaction is silly and disproportionate.

Teen Dies After 'Toilet Anxiety' Makes Her Withhold Bowels For Two Months

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A teenager has died after holding in bowel movements for up to two months, which caused her to have a heart attack. Emily Titterington, 16, suffere...

This Woman Is Proof That You Should Never Superglue Your Teeth Back In

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Being scared of the dentist is far from unusual. In fact, one in four of us dreads paying them a visit, according to the NHS. While for most of us ...

If You're Terrified Of Needles This Tiny Chip Could Change Your Life

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK Tech

If you're particularly prone to swooning at the sight of needles or blood, a new tiny chip is here to help. Touted as a non-invasive way of analysi...

Teenager's Food Phobia Means She Eats Nothing But Chips

Caters | Joshua Nevett | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

For most people, eating out at a restaurant is a treat. But for Jennifer Radigan it's an absolute nightmare. The 17-year-old, who suffers from a fo...

Woman With Severe Phobia Of Varicose Veins Begs Doctors To Amputate Legs

Photo-Features | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A mother who suffers a severe phobia from veins, in particular varicose veins, has pleaded with doctors for them to amputate her healthy legs to preve...

How to Cope With Paranoia

Malminder Gill | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Malminder Gill

Most people will experience a suspicious or irrational thought at some point in their life but some people will experience these thoughts regularly and these thoughts will be exaggerated with no evidence to support them.

Tackling Halloween Phobia

Malminder Gill | Posted 26.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Malminder Gill

Halloween is a time for being scared, shocked and frightened. It's a time for ghosts, gore, horror films, skeletons and jack-o-laterns. There are some people who don't like Halloween and trick or treating and these people shut the curtains, turn the lights off and ignore the door.

Toilet Anxiety- Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Andrew Cunningham | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Cunningham

Fear of needing the toilet, being caught short, of not finding the loo in time is a fear that blights both men and women, young and old. Many hours are spent planning the next toilet stop or an aisle seat for easy access at theatres and cinemas, one eye on the nearest toilet all the time.

Scientists Can Now 'Turn Off' Fear

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK Tech

A true phobia can have a crippling effect on someone's life - a fear of flying can stop people exploring the world or a fear of open spaces can confin...

Why Do Some People Get Freaked out By Belly Buttons?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle

We've all heard of fear of heights or fear of spiders, but what about... fear of your belly button? Omphalaphobia as it is known, may not be wides...

Revealed: The Top 13 Things Brits Are Scared Of

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

In the past, we've met people who are scared of cats, buttons and vomiting, but none of these have made the cut for the top 13 list compiled in a YouG...

Fatphobic People Say the Darndest Things

Sofie Hagen | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK Comedy
Sofie Hagen

Like most fat people, I have had a lot of mindless, hateful abuse spat at me. Strangers have either shouted "F**k you, fat b***h!" after me as I walked down the street or simply added a "You shouldn't eat that." if I eat anything but lettuce in public.

How to Overcome a 'Simple' Phobia Like Fear of Heights, Dogs or Enclosed Spaces

Dan Roberts | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dan Roberts

Are you scared of spiders? Dogs? Heights? If so, you are certainly not alone. Around 10 million people in the UK are thought to suffer from a 'simple' phobia (also known as a 'specific' phobia, because you are scared of one, specific thing, rather than suffering from more generalised anxiety).

Spider Phobia MP Sparks Security Alert In Parliament

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK

An MP with a phobia of spiders was left red-faced after a can of insecticide sparked a security alert at Parliament. Workers in the House of Common...

Society Should Let People Go About Their Business Without Fear

Danielle Lowe | Posted 28.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Lowe

The reality is, whatever we are scared of and whatever the solution might be, we shouldn't force ourselves to do it and carry on regardless. Sometimes we need to look for alternatives or a way to discuss our fears and find somebody that is willing to help you resolve them.