Phobias

Toilet Anxiety- Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Andrew Cunningham | Posted 09.06.2014 | 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.

Why We Should All Fear Flying

Tim Whitmarsh | Posted 01.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Tim Whitmarsh

We're human beings, built for trundling around on land, and maybe taking the odd splash in the sea; we're just not made for high speeds or high altitudes. What acts of self-deception do these people perform when they convince themselves that flying is a pleasant, comfortable way of spending time?

The Only Way Is Up... Baby

Alex Hawley | Posted 11.04.2013 | UK Comedy
Alex Hawley

I'm a little bit frightened of all the usual things - death, dentists and décolletage decorum - but I'm completely and utterly terrified of heights, especially those with me at the wrong end of them.

You're Still Afraid of the Dark... Sorry

Ed Baxter | Posted 15.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ed Baxter

Imagine if every light around you was suddenly turned out. How would you react? With laughter, bemusement, nonchalance? I hate to have to break it you, but somewhere inside you're terrified.

The Debilitating Fear Of Pregnancy & Birth That Caused One Already Grieving Mother To Abort Her Baby

Photofeatures.co.uk | Sara C Nelson | Posted 28.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle

A debilitating phobia of pregnancy and childbirth left an already bereaved mother with no choice other than to abort her second baby. Tokophobia a...

Why Women With Morbid Fear Of Childbirth Need More Support

PA | Posted 15.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle

More needs to be done to help women who have a morbid dread of childbirth, a condition that affects up to one in 10 women, an expert said today. Be...

Five Spiritual Lessons Spiders Can Teach Us

Nikki Harper | Posted 08.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Nikki Harper

I measure the arrival and progress of Autumn by one simple thing. Not the changing colours of the leaves. Not the darkening evenings. Not the increasing wind and nip in the air. Not even the shops stuffed with Halloween costumes. No. I measure the arrival and progress of Autumn by how many times I have to leave the room in a cold sweat because of a spider.

Batman's Bats - Phobias Explained, And How To Get Over Them...

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.09.2012 | UK Entertainment

We know Batman has a deep and abiding fear of bats, but what does his phobia really mean, what is going on behind his fear and what can he do about it...

I Have a Fear of Flying: What do Phobias Mean?

BritChick Paris | Posted 01.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
BritChick Paris

I have friends who developed anxieties later in life. Many say having kids makes you worse, somehow hyper protective. One was in such a state on a recent flight, she accepted a random pill of a fellow flyer.

Phobias: How Buttons, Garlic, Chickens And Clowns Can Leave Us Fearing For Our Lives (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 25.06.2012 | UK

No laughing matter: Extreme fear of clowns is known as coulrophobia Imagine an existence where the prospect of buttoning a cardigan could send yo...

Sneezing - the Public Enemy

Susie Amy | Posted 05.03.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Susie Amy

It's amazing what goes into your head, and won't come out. As a teenager, I read an article about sneezing. There was a picture of a person sneezing, and a huge cloud of germs around them. Ever since, if someone sneezes near me, my mind sees the huge cloud of germs.

Eight Legs, No Soul

Kate Harrad | Posted 30.12.2011 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Harrad

In the spirit of the season, I was talking to my daughter the other day about our biggest fears: I said mine was spiders, and being trapped in small dark spaces, and being trapped in small dark spaces with spiders.