Never Fear, Phobias Are Creeping Up on All of Us

The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia), October 25, 2008 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

Never Fear, Phobias Are Creeping Up on All of Us


THE older my mother gets, the more fearful she becomes.

She's frightened of odd things, random things, pretty much everything. She won't drive in the rain. She thinks tall trees are going to fall on her home.

Recently she watched a late-night film about body-snatchers and thought, "yep, that's plausible". Didn't sleep a wink for two days.

It's almost ironic to be increasingly frightened when one has already survived cyclones, floods, cancer scares, childbirth dramas and three teenagers.

You'd think one would start to feel resilient, blessed, strong even. Instead mum simply thinks she's due. It's her turn and death could strike from any dark corner.

But, look, I get it. Fear is a shield of protection, albeit a false one, and if life is one big mind game, then it's not such a bad thing to be a head case. (And I don't mean to make her sound paranoid. She's just ridiculously aware. She spots the red-light chaser about 200 metres before his stupid decision.)

And she's in good company. The world is growing increasingly fearful. Psychiatrists' waiting rooms are full, pharmacists can't dispense anxiety medication quick enough and it's been estimated that about one in four of us harbours a life-affecting phobia of some sort.

Possibly the human race has always been inherently scared (the penance for being inherently self-destructive), but these days we're far more organised about the sources of our panic.

We have names for every type of phobia (well almost, but more about that later) and there are self-help groups and online dump sites for mental malaise.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

Never Fear, Phobias Are Creeping Up on All of Us
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?