Anthropophobia: The Fear of People

Anthropophobia is an often temporary social phobia that commonly affects adolescents. It is distinguished from misanthropy by its moral and philosophical side, which is not a phobia. HOW DO YOU BETTER UNDERSTAND ANTHROPOPHOBIA? The fear of people is common among 13-18 year olds, for whom the slightest social contact can quickly seem insurmountable. The symptoms […]

Beyond Pack-Rat: Hoarding Disorder and Diogenes syndrome

Compulsive hoarding, aka Diogenes syndrome, is a pathological anxiety disorder that hampers a person’s general ability to disassociate value from objects. Typically this manifests in an accumulation of unnecessary items over a period of months, or even years. Although this trend remains controllable in a majority of individuals with the disorder, compulsive hoarding can evolve […]

Claustrophobia: The Fear of Restricted & Confined Spaces

Far from being a simple embarrassment, claustrophobia is a very painful phobia to live with and can become highly debilitating in everyday life. To heal, it’s necessary to find the cause of inner anxiety. The disorder is one of the most common phobias of our time.   HOW DO WE BETTER UNDERSTAND CLAUSTROPHOBIA?     […]

Nosophobia: The Fear of Illness & Disease

Nosophobia (or pathophobia) is the fear of disease. This phobia is more common among men than it is among women. In general, nosophobes are afraid of contracting specific diseases – namely sexually transmitted infections (STIs), cancer, cardiovascular diseases, MS (multiple sclerosis). HOW DO YOU BETTER UNDERSTAND NOSOPHOBIA? Nosophobia (or pathophobia) is the fear of contracting […]

Asperger Syndrome in adults: bring on the technical, not so much the social

Asperger’s syndrome is an inherited developmental neurological disorder of genetic origin. It falls into the category of autism spectrum disorders or autism. Asperger’s syndrome has no intellectual disability or language delay. Asperger Syndrome in adults means an individual’s life plays out in their own world. They are usually isolated from others, so they may seem like strange people […]

Understanding Agoraphobia, a fear of crowds & helplessness in the outdoors

Agoraphobia is characterized by a feeling of panic in reaction to the idea of an uncontrollable situation. This phobia is linked to anxiety disorders, and affects nearly 3% of the population. HOW DO YOU BETTER UNDERSTAND AGORAPHOBIA? Fear of overcrowded or confined places, but also vast and open places is known as agoraphobia. An agoraphobe […]

When extreme obsessive-compulsive symptoms move from disorder to disability

By Eric Van Buskirk Many of us pick up small, comfortable habits over time that are part of strict routines. They make us feel better or add to a daily plan which makes our lives easier in small ways. For most of us, these quirky habits are comforting, reassuring even. Extreme OCD symptoms look very, […]