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Tarantula and Arachnophobia Opinion Survey

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by TarantulaTylerHello, Mar 12, 2018.

  1. octaJon

    octaJon Arachnopeon

    Submitted. Good luck in your endeavors.
  2. D Sherlod

    D Sherlod Arachnoknight

    I completely agree with everything you typed. I was over simplifying.
    Also typing that much would have taken me forever on my tablet :rolleyes:
    I too have experience with phobias both personal and professional.
    I am well versed in biofeedback and other treatments for unwanted
    reactions and behaviors..

    Although I would disagree on one minor point
    The dictionary does in fact define phobia
    It does not diagnose phobia..... semantics but what the heck:)
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  3. Garth Vader

    Garth Vader Arachnohipster Arachnosupporter

    Well put, @Andrea82 !!!!

    I remember in graduate school when we were studying the DSM (back then DSM IV but now we have DSM 5) and clinical diagnoses, we all thought we had certain diagnoses because to some extent, we did display some symptoms of many diagnoses. The importance is recognizing the degree to which a set of symptoms is interfering with daily life. Like I am a very neat person and some of it is ritualized but it does not inhibit my basic functioning like it would for an OCD diagnosis.

    In my experience, arachnophobia is pretty rare, to the extent that people need help from someone like me. Usually it is very debilitating, like not going outside, avoiding rooms in the house, panic attacks, etc. Exposure treatments start with very small things, like saying the word spider or looking at a picture of a small spider.

    It also drives me nuts when people label regular experiences as a pathological issue. It is just not helpful.

    And to the boyfriend I had when I was 25 who said I have OCD because I don't like dirty dishes sitting around: I DO NOT! :joyful:

    Anyway, I will submit my answers to the survey!
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  4. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoking Active Member

    I copy pasted.
    Agree on the semantics, yes. I just never used a dictionary to explain mental disorders before :wacky:

    Thank you!!
    Yeah, I hate dirty dishes as well. At the end of a day, i need the place in at least a semblance of order for me to be able to just drop dead on the couch. :D
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