Phobias: Effects and Treatments of Phobias

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Imagine, five-year-old Carrie walks into her classroom at school and stops dead in her tracks. Today is show-and-tell day, and Jimmy brought his pet Tarantula, Rex, in to share it the class. This is the third time Rex has visited the class this month. The first time Jimmy brought Rex in, Carrie was not fearful of the ugly, hairy creature, so without fear to hold her back Carrie ventures to take a closer look at the strange new arachnid. As Carrie stared down at the arachnid from the open lid of its container, the spider jumped toward her. She cried out in fear and sought comfort in her teacher’s arms. All that week Jimmy talked about how he would bring Rex for show-and-tell again, and all the while Carrie is listening and dreading the coming Friday. Carrie’s grade starts to fall when she has trouble concentrating in class because of her fear and sense of impending doom that gets worse with every day that goes by. Friday comes and it is show-and-tell time again. Jimmy brings out Rex, and Carrie starts to feel strange. Her heart is beating rapidly; she struggles to find her breath, and her body is trembling. She wants to get away. Feeling such a strong fear as this, she begins to cry, and the class looks at her strangely. They laugh at her, for fearing the spider, and ridicule her for a fear she cannot control. Carrie’s grade declines even further until her teacher believes that holding Carrie back for a year would be in her best interest. Unbeknownst to them, Carrie has Arachnophobia, an irrational fear of spiders and situations involving spiders. Should phobias be treated in everybody, including young children? Phobias should be treated seriously, because they cause disruptions in the lives of the victims, they leave emotional and...

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