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October Blog


Samhainphobia - dealing with Halloween & treatable phobias

28-10-2014 Oxford CBT Phobias
Samhainphobia - fear of halloween?

Does Halloween strike you with a real and genuine anxiety, do you suffer from palpitations, dizziness, do you go out of your way to avoid the Halloween decorations in the shops? Then you may have Samhainphobia.


What is Samhainphobia? Samhainphobia is a fear of Halloween. There are many fears and phobias, more commonplace such as agoraphobia – a fear of open spaces, arachnophobia – a fear of spiders, Trypanophobia – a fear of needles or injections there are many other common phobias such as a fear of escalators, a fear of lifts.


Phobia sufferers go to massive lengths to avoid their fear or phobia for example with a fear of needles not going for routine or necessary blood tests, or with a fear of escalators, never travelling on the tube. A fear becomes a phobia when you have to go out of your way to avoid the subject of the fear and it disrupts your life.


Phobias are treatable, Oxford CBT can discuss your fear, teach you coping strategies and mindfulness and practical sessions of guidance as part of your therapy.


To book some sessions of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for your phobia then ….


Ebola & excessive worry or #GAD

22-10-2014 Oxford CBT GAD
Are you worrying excessively about Ebola Virus?

Most people are worrying about the pandemic Ebola and this raises many questions; what are the signs and symptoms? How is the Ebola epidemic spread? What can be done to prevent it? Is the government doing enough to stop it? Will it make hugging and handshakes a thing of the past?


Do you feel that you are worrying excessively about this and lots of other issues to the point that is affecting your every day life? If the answer is yes then you may have General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) or Excessive Worry.


General Anxiety Disorder is mentally and physically draining, it can affect your daily life and sleep.


What is the difference between “normal” worry and GAD?


For example a person watching the news about Ebola may be concerned enough to read more articles on prevention of the spread and then control the worry, but a person with GAD may start having sleepless nights worrying excessively about catching or spreading the disease. The following table illustrates “normal” worry versus “excessive” worry or General Anxiety Disorder:

Difference between normal worry and excessive worry - table


If you are someone or you know someone who may have GAD and you would like more information or help for GAD then Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or talking therapy can be especially helpful.


Oxford Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has more information for you or you can book some sessions with us ....