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Phobias are irrational fears of specific events, things, or situations, and arachnophobia – the fear of spiders – is one of the most common phobias there is. More than just a distaste for spiders, a spider phobia means sheer panic complete with psychological and physical symptoms, sometimes at just the thought or mention of a spider.
Phobias, though often unexplained in origin, can be treated with psychotherapeutic treatment and, in some cases, medication. Contact us today at the phone number listed above to discuss your options in treatment.
*Panic Attacks Are Common With Phobias
Panic attacks may strike when you see a spider, when someone tells you that a spider is nearby, or when you think of spiders. Symptoms can include.
- Rapid heart rate
- Increased body temperature
- Heavy perspiration
Are You Scared of Spiders or Do You Have Arachnophobia?
Arachnophobia is a specific phobia, and it’s far more serious than a simple dislike of spiders. Ask yourself the following questions to see if you have a phobia disorder:
- Do you scan a room when you enter to see if a spider is anywhere to be found?
- If you find one, do you watch carefully as it moves across the room or do you try to distract yourself from the spider as much as possible?
- If you see a spider, do you scream and run away or freeze in place?
- Do you limit the activities you do if you think there’s a chance that there may be spiders there (e.g., the zoo, hiking, camping, etc.)?
- Are you unable to kill or trap a spider on your own?
- Do you prefer to leave the house rather than stay in it if a spider is there?
If you answered “yes” to these questions, then you could benefit from treatment for arachnophobia.
*What Causes Arachnophobia?
There could be a number of different causes for a specific phobia about spiders – or there could be no identifiable cause at all. Some believe it may be a survival technique built into our DNA – we’re scared of things that can hurt us. Others believe it could be a cultural fear that is passed down through generations.
Treatment of Arachnophobia
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been shown to be extremely effective in the treatment of specific phobias like arachnophobia. Learning how to change behaviors and thought processes that stop you from living life to the fullest is the focus of this style of treatment. You may learn better ways to deal with the fear of spiders and being confronted with a spider. You may also be able to practice these new coping skills in the safety of your therapist’s office through exposure therapy, taking baby steps like discussing spiders or looking at pictures of spiders before you move onto dealing with live spiders.
Are you ready to discuss your phobia of spiders? Do you need to work through an underlying trauma or stressful experience with spiders that may have triggered your arachnophobia? Contact us at the phone number listed above to learn more about your mental health treatment options and begin working toward freedom from fear and anxiety.