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Is There A Cure For Arachnophobia? How To Overcome The Fear Of Spiders

Updated on November 12, 2014


Being afraid of spiders is one thing. But having an anxiety attack -sheer terror toward spiders is something else altogether.

50% of women suffer from arachnophobia and only 10% of men show symptoms of severe anxiety.

Arachnophobia is an anxiety disorder in which your body seems to be trying to wrestle against a lion.

A full-blown panic attack transpires concerning those who suffer from arachnophobia. The fear may trigger at least 4 of the following 12 symptoms: racing or pounding heart, breathing difficulty, dizziness, tingling fingers and feet, chest pain or tightness, a smothering sensation, vertigo, sweating trembling, hot or cold flashes, a sense of uselessness which creates a fear of dying. These symptoms caused by arachnophobia typically last from 5 to 20 minutes, doctors report. Although panic attacks caused by arachnophobia is usually short-lived, it leaves a nerve-racking state of fear that can last for hours or even months.

So, is there a cure for arachnophobia? Some doctors believe that Exposure Therapy, could be the key. Exposure Therapy exposes the patient to the feared object in order to overcome their anxiety.

A Glamorized Example Of Exposure Therapy

Image of woman with a fury spider on her body.
Image of woman with a fury spider on her body. | Source

Is There A Cure For Arachnophobia?

Most people who suffer from arachnophobia are not sure that there is a cure. A lack of confidence creates a form of mistrust within the process of healing.

The fear of Creepy, Crawly Things

An image of an illustrated girl surprised by a spider.
An image of an illustrated girl surprised by a spider. | Source

Facing Your Fear

A Womanly Eye Looks At A Spider.
A Womanly Eye Looks At A Spider. | Source

How to Overcome The Fear Of Spiders

Scientist note that a phobia of any kind is a unrelenting, unrealistic fear that will disturb normal activity. You may never want on a nature walk, or for a hike. The fear of spiders may have developed through a learned response: Something horrible may have happened in your past-your brother put a fake spider under your pillow, for instance-so now every time you encounter a spider, you're terrified.

Another reason that may promote the fear of spiders is that since many of us suffer from the same phobias-reptiles, small fury animals and insects are the top three phobias for both men and women-a irrational fear may be genetically inherited. Due to fear by a natural behavior, those who suffer from arachnophobia are unwilling to subject themselves to spiders in hope of a cure.

Accepting Professional Help

Many people look at certain phobias as a part of life. Panic attacks are acceptable. Feeling that counseling and certain medication could be need for those with extreme problems is favorable.

Drugs such as Zanaz has been used to cure intense levels of anxiety. Antidepressant in dosages are also used. However are drugs needed to overcome fear?

Most doctors do not wish to provide medication in regards to treating arachnophobia, feeling that such medications should be used for physical and mental treatment.

When it comes to arachnophobia counseling is highly recommended.Such strategies to correctly understand and take control of anxiety symptoms is what therapist will try to address.

Many doctors may calm their patient that their phobia is not life threatening, through a logical form of facts.

Consider Investing Into A Pet Spider To Help Overcome Your Fear

Once You Are Cured Anything Is Possible!

Spider Pranks Can Only Make Matters Worse

What Is The End Result?

If all fails the best cure for those who suffer from arachnophobia, may be to marry an exterminator.

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      Emunah La Paz 3 years ago from Arizona

      Yes, eating spideres is one way to deal with Arachnophobia, however keeping it down may be a challenge! Thanks for your feedback poetryman6969!

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      poetryman6969 3 years ago

      Well you could try eating spiders. They do that in some areas of the world.

      You could also try one of those reality show challenge things and have your body covered in spiders.