Arachnophobia indeed refers to the irrational fear of spiders.
At present, this is one of the most common animal phobias and is actually very apparent mostly in children.
Basically, a severe case of arachnophobia is far different than someone who merely doesn’t like spiders at all.
More or less, individuals who fear spiders have feelings of panic entering into a situation where spiders are very much visible. Such individuals find it difficult to live a normal life because they usually think that maybe some spiders are just around.
Individuals who just plainly don’t like spiders on the other hand, do not actually mind spiders and when the time arrives they have to deal with spiders, they will just simply show some signs of inhibitions or the like but indeed with no panic or anxiety.
Symptoms Involve in Arachnophobia
Some symptoms involve in Arachnophobia normally includes:
- Excessive sweating or clamminess
- Rapid breathing
- Rapid heartbeat
- Full anxiety attack
Causes of Arachnophobia
According to some studies, people who now have Arachnophobia may actually have experienced some spider-related events before. Just like for an instance:
- They may have had an unfortunate incident as children, such as they were bitten by a spider.
- They may have seen someone, a close friend or the like, being badly bitten by a spider.
- They may have been overly protected by their parents and actually have heard a lot of warnings like “Don’t go near spiders, they ‘re poisonous,” or maybe “Spiders won’t do any good but just harm you”, that may have actually resulted to some nasty thinking about spiders.
Getting Rid of Your Arachnophobia
Normally, getting rid of your Arachnophobia can actually be done in two ways, it’s just up to you and your doctor to choose.
First, you can try aversion therapy which is now the most accepted form of treatment. Basically, this therapy indeed involves a mixture of education and experience, where in you will be provided with some more knowledge about spiders that could eventually help you in dealing with your fear of spiders.
Second, you can also try virtual reality which is a newer form of treatment for specific phobias like Arachnophobia. Essentially, it is a computer-generated artificial world where in you would wear stereoscopic glasses and watch spiders move three-dimensionally across a PC screen, that could gradually help you be comfortable in interacting with some spiders.