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How can I overcome my anxiety over Facebook and other highly interactive social media? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Jan 15, 2011 - 13 answers

It DOESN'T go to 11... How to overcome a fear of yelling?

How do I overcome my fear of being yelled at, and getting all disregulated when I do get yelled at? [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Nov 12, 2010 - 16 answers

My Girlfriend is Scared of Seeds!?

Does anybody have experience with someone who has a seed phobia? [more inside]
posted by kakakakarl on Oct 16, 2010 - 22 answers

50,000,000 Diabetics Can't Be Wrong

I need to go to the dentist. But, I have a phobia of injections. Not going isn't really an option, so what can I do? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Sep 12, 2010 - 45 answers

Help me overcome my emetophobia

Have you "cured" an extreme phobia that you once had? How did you do it? [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz on Aug 4, 2010 - 22 answers

Is Itchiness a common reaction to gross images?

Phobias lead to itching - what's the deal with this? [more inside]
posted by Solon and Thanks on Jul 31, 2010 - 11 answers

Xanax for flying phobia?

Tell me about using Xanax or other anti-anxiety meds to combat fear of flying. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 22, 2010 - 24 answers

In Search of Bug-Free Magic

Are there bugs in Penn and Teller's Vegas act? [more inside]
posted by Failure31 on Jun 14, 2010 - 10 answers

Calling police over loose dogs in a public park: crossing the line?

As I have a dog phobia, how can I feel comfortable in a park on the edge of town where people frequently let their large dogs run loose? [more inside]
posted by datarose on May 26, 2010 - 62 answers

What do I do to stop my horrible emotional reaction to thinking about addiction?

What do I do to stop my horrible emotional reaction to thinking about addiction? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 28, 2010 - 10 answers

Indoors is mine, they can have the rest.

Strategies for dispatching the eight-legged bastards that have the audacity to enter my home? [more inside]
posted by mireille on Apr 7, 2010 - 21 answers

dancefloor paralysis

Is it possible to overcome a morbid fear of dancing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 4, 2010 - 9 answers

How can my dog and my brother and his kids get along?

Recently I got a dog. He's doing great, I'm doing great, it's been nearly 3 months since I got him from the shelter. Problem: He's meeting my brother and his kids, in a few weeks (family reunion weekend), and my brother has a strong fear, maybe even a phobia of dogs. What can I do to put him at ease, navigate the situation and help everyone get through this unscathed? [more inside]
posted by Elfasi on Mar 17, 2010 - 28 answers

How to be arachnophobic in South America?

What should I know (I'm arachnophobic) about the fauna of South America before taking my first trip to the continent? [more inside]
posted by barbudo on Feb 21, 2010 - 3 answers

Dentist is Scary. How to get over it?

How can I drag myself back to the dentist when I'm scared of him? [more inside]
posted by weasel on Feb 21, 2010 - 20 answers

Omg I hate needles so much!

I have a needle phobia and a doctor's appointment on Monday, during which I have a feeling blood will be drawn. I feel terribly anxious whenever I think about it and don't particularly want to feel anxious the entire weekend. How do I minimize my anxiety? [more inside]
posted by tweedle on Feb 11, 2010 - 25 answers

help me overcome my fears and become a competent hiker!

help me overcome my fears and become a competent hiker! [more inside]
posted by raw sugar on Feb 1, 2010 - 22 answers

I am terrified of talking on the phone but my job responsibilities will require me to do so.

I have a near-pathological fear of talking to strangers on the phone. My expanded job duties will soon include calling clients. How do I get past this fear? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 17, 2009 - 27 answers

How do I stop being a fearful driver after a very close call on the road?

A few weeks ago, an oncoming tanker truck ran me off the road on a curvy two-lane highway. I (barely) managed to avoid a collision or rollover but did clip a mailbox. Now whenever I drive the roads in this rural area, I'm constantly worried that oncoming cars are going to veer into my lane. [more inside]
posted by balls on Nov 24, 2009 - 14 answers

I don't want to go, but I should. Help me find a dentist and help me get over my fear.

I'm scared of going to the dentist. How do I find one that will understand and how do I prepare myself for going to my first appointment in years? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 16, 2009 - 22 answers

I'm too old for this $#!&

My bedroom creeps me the #%^* out. What can I do to alleviate my (somewhat) irrational fears? (hacks, consumer products, etc.) [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL on Sep 30, 2009 - 47 answers

Help a massive sissy get contact lenses

I'm a long-term glasses wearer who is going to try to make the leap to contacts. Problem: I have a really strong flinch reflex/phobia of things going into my eye. What to do about this? [more inside]
posted by paultopia on Sep 9, 2009 - 35 answers

How do I deal with a phobia that came from being around a cutter?

What do I do about a persistent phobia and why is it getting worse? Reading this question (how scary is blood) I had an instant reaction of starting to hyperventilate a bit, though I got it under control quickly (also stopped reading). As I get older and the more I'm aware of it, this reaction gets stronger. Explanation involves a friend who was a cutter so be aware if this is a trigger for you. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 11, 2009 - 4 answers


Is there a name for the dislike of the anticipation felt on receiving or opening gifts? [more inside]
posted by Sova on Mar 5, 2009 - 21 answers

Never tell me the odds - wait, no, please tell me the odds.

With things falling out of the sky with a little more regularity then usual lately, and what with me being a bit of a flybaby, I was hoping some of the Metifilter geniuses could help reassure me with some science... [more inside]
posted by monkey!knife!fight! on Feb 16, 2009 - 14 answers

help a girl play some music without falling to pieces.

i said yes to playing a gig in a week and a half, and now i don't know what to do. the last time i played was two years ago! i'm so nervous just even thinking about it... [more inside]
posted by sardonicsmile on Feb 9, 2009 - 17 answers

Neminem excusat

Phobias are treated by exposure or immersion. How, then, is one supposed to deal with a phobia of petty authority? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2009 - 18 answers

Ice falling from buildings?

Ice falling from tall buildings filter. Help me lay to rest a question that has plagued my wife. We live in Chicago, with lots of tall buildings. Ice falls off of the buildings from time to time and about once a year, some poor bastard gets mushed. Where in terms of physics and I suppose statistics would be the safest place to walk down the sidewalk: as close to the building as possible? The middle of the sidewalk? The far edge? Does it depend on building height?
posted by Ponderance on Jan 7, 2009 - 16 answers

The fear of fearful things

How do I conquer fear? I'm quite afraid of doing things that I have not done before, and it does not get better when I conquer fear of some things. [more inside]
posted by ChabonJabon on Nov 19, 2008 - 15 answers

Fetish vs. Phobia: recipe for disaster?

A potential romantic partner has a very specific phobia. As luck would have it, it happens to be pretty much the exact thing that is my very private fetish. I have never shared it with anyone and don't plan to share it with anyone. Are we doomed, or could we somehow make this work to our advantage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 16, 2008 - 31 answers

How do I get people to not antagonize my phobia?

How do I get people to respect my phobia? How do I make them stop antagonizing me by showing me the thing I'm afraid of? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on Jun 28, 2008 - 53 answers

Is there a technical name for that nails-on-a-chalkboard feeling?

Nails on a chalkboard. Tearing paper. Fork tines on ceramic. Touching lycra, silk, wool.. Certain things will cause that teeth-gritting, hair-on-the-back-of-your-neck rising, Dear-God-Make-It-Stop response. What is the name for that? [more inside]
posted by SilverTail on Jun 19, 2008 - 17 answers

Just the thought of a throat culture makes me gag

Can I train myself to tolerate throat cultures? [more inside]
posted by bluekrauss on May 14, 2008 - 14 answers

Taxes not done. Help.

It's Tax Day already?! [more inside]
posted by Space Kitty on Apr 15, 2008 - 14 answers

Help me overcome my lightning phobia!

Anyone have any tips on overcoming a lightning phobia? [more inside]
posted by LeeJay on Apr 2, 2008 - 8 answers

How to get over advanced-degree-phobia.

I want to shake my irrational fear of going back to school. It's for my own good! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 26, 2007 - 5 answers

I need a shot in the arm... FIGURATIVELY.

How can I learn not to fear needles? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Oct 10, 2007 - 40 answers

am i phobic?

I am afraid to make music. [more inside]
posted by loiseau on Oct 8, 2007 - 51 answers

Help my wife not fear the doctor's office

My wife has a strong phobia of all things medical (with a few strange exceptions), and I'm wondering two things: 1) if anyone here has had a similar fear, and successfully overcame it, and 2) how should we go about helping her cope with her phobia? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 on Oct 2, 2007 - 10 answers

Fear The Pill.

Could birth control cause a phobia to rear its ugly head? [more inside]
posted by ElectricBlue on Jun 30, 2007 - 13 answers

My tank's on empty.

I'm afraid of the Interstate. What can I do about this fear? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 17, 2007 - 22 answers

How do I get rid of my phone-o-phobia?

How do I get rid of my phone-o-phobia? [more inside]
posted by emilyw on May 29, 2007 - 27 answers

Oh god it's humping my leg

I hate dogs. Help me deal so I don't lose my jobs. [more inside]
posted by skjønn on May 3, 2007 - 105 answers

I'm afraid of my mail

For several months now, I have had a bizarre phobia of opening my mailbox. I only open it once every few weeks, grab what's inside, and throw it in a pile in my apartment. Then after I pay the bills, I don't really look at anything else. It's like I am afraid of what's inside, some collection bill (I've never had a credit problem) or something. I can't put my finger on it... [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Apr 30, 2007 - 33 answers

Please advise my girlfriend about overcoming her anxiety over times when I’m not there (I’m bipolar, she has panic disorder and OCD).

I have bipolar disorder and although I have been stable for more than a year I have had several manic episodes in the past (when I was very ill and she was unable to contact me) and my girlfriend worries I may have another when she’s not with me at night. We would like for me to be able to stay at home for a few days every now and then but this is currently not possible, as she gets too anxious and distressed. How can we make this happen? [more inside]
posted by AuroraSky on Jan 25, 2007 - 5 answers

Going down... and staying there.

How do I rid myself of this recent pill-swallowing phobia? [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja on Jan 3, 2007 - 29 answers

Can I get through life without challenging my pill phobia?

Can I get through life without having to swallow pills? This is not hypothetical. [more inside]
posted by tatiana wishbone on Oct 17, 2006 - 25 answers

Why are some people obsessed about drying up water ?

Why are some people obsessed about drying up water ? [more inside]
posted by jacobean on Sep 21, 2006 - 24 answers

Fear of flying

Comfort my wife's fears. She has recently developed a phobia of flying and we are leaving on a flight on thursday. [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos on Sep 5, 2006 - 36 answers

Saya punya takut anjing!

My previously relatively benign aversion to dogs has become cripplingly intense in the last few months, to the point that I can't make it to my house's front door without being accompanied. I'm living in Indonesia, and don't know enough of the language to express my absolute, mortal terror or where to find English-language psychological help. I really need some help here: how can I go home at night? [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Sep 1, 2006 - 27 answers

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