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Archive | April, 2014

Agoraphobia -Tony’s Story

Tony was 38 years old when his agoraphobia started. He was travelling from Birmingham to London and at Coventry he had, what he later found out to be, a full blown panic attack. He felt he couldn’t move forwards or backwards. He was taken to the local hospital where he underwent exhaustive physical tests, which […]

Space Phobia Edith’s Story

Space phobia is nothing to do with going up in a spaceship or rocket. It is a fear of falling and tends to affect people who have a physical problem with walking. However, with this phobia some sufferers feel “drawn” sideways, which is a major hazard when driving.   Edith’s problem began when she was […]

Sheila’s Story

I have spent a long time battling and coping with phobias, one vomiting and one of embarrassing social behaviour, blushing and staring, several near phobias and obsessive thoughts. I had a lot of professional help but have only felt short relief, so my life has been basically one of trying to cope whilst enduring crippling […]

Monophobia Samantha’s Story

Samantha’s story illustrates the risks in involving a “helper” to beat her phobia which, in her case was agoraphobia. She found that she became totally dependent on her partner and eventually she was unable to stay in the house on her own. Her partner even gave up his job to be with her. Now two […]

Ken’s Story Contamination

At the age of 25, Ken was going through a difficult period in his life and was clinically depressed. He was having problems with relationships and with his career. The “trigger” for his O.C.D. occurred on a trip to Canada. Ken explains: “There was a drought and we could not wash very often. I felt […]

Rodger’s Story Hoarding

Roger’s story began some 12 years ago when he was in his late teens. He began to take a keen interest in the news and would read the newspaper from cover to cover, with the intention of being “well informed”, which was important to his job. If he couldn’t finish the newspaper each morning, before […]

Brenda’s Story Orderliness and Tidy

Brenda’s story began some 20-30 years ago. She noticed that she felt “concerned” if things, like ornaments, weren’t in exactly the right place, or if the curtains weren’t quite straight. Brenda tells it like this: “Nearly all of us like things neat and tidy and many people I know like things in a particular place […]

Jane’s Story Checking

Jane had always been described as a carefree and happy-go-lucky sort of a person but, in her late twenties, things began to change. One day, when she went out she couldn’t remember if she had switched the cooker off so, she went back to check. This kept on happening and the more she checked the […]