BEING A PHOBIC MYSLEF..NOT SPIDERS..I CAN SYMPATHIZE..I HAVE BEEN TOLD BY A DR THE MOST COMMON WAY OF DEALING WITH A PHOBIA IS AVOIDANCE...NICE..BUT NOT ALWAYS POSSIBLE..DESENSITIZATION IS ANOTHER WAY OF TRYING TO GET OVER IT...BUT ITS A ROUGH GO BECAUSE IT MEANS EXPOSURE TO THE THING THAT YOU FEAR..GOOD LUCK
I am EXTREMELY arachnophobic. Spiders scare me to death! We just moved into a townhouse in February and I saw two spiders. I hired TERMINIX to come in and spray, then I had him come back ten days later when I saw another spider. He sprays every month and that really helps keep the spiders away. Unfortunately you can't control them from occasionally coming in from outside. I feel your pain, I have an anxiety attack whenever I see one.
I don't know if I had a phobia but I was always extremely afraid of spiders, just totally grossed out by them, especially bigger ones. A few months ago I took a job where I come into contact with spiders on a daily basis, mostly small ones but a few big ugly ones, and one day I realized that they don't bother me that much any more. So I guess being gradually exposed to the object of your fear can help some people.
Well I'm not ready to run out and join a spiders fanclub or anything. I still don't like them at all but I don't react to them as badly as I used to. I hate centipedes too and I'm still terrified of them. I guess its anything with more than six legs, because most insects don't scare me.
Whenever I see a spider, or think about one, I have an anxiety attack and break out in a cold sweat. I am 30 years old and mentally I know it's so dumb, but I just can't control the fear. Nice to know there are others w/ the same phobia!!!