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Dealing With a Loved One's Phobia

Friends and family members are often the first to notice the symptoms of a possible phobia. They also comprise the main support system for those suffering with phobias. Look here for information on coping with a loved one's phobia.

Signs That Someone You Love May Have a Phobia
Phobias can cause people to behave bizarrely. Although you may be caught off-guard, recognizing the signs and symptoms of a phobia in someone else can help you know how best to assist.

Are You the Right Person to Help?
Helping someone overcome a phobia is not easy. Before making the offer, go through this checklist to determine if you are the right person to help.

How to Approach a Loved One With a Possible Phobia
Are you concerned that a loved one may be suffering from a phobia? Although approaching the topic may be difficult, it is often the only way to get someone to seek help. This step by step guide can help you through the process.

What Not to Say to Someone With a Phobia
When a friend or family member has a phobia, knowing what not to say is at least as important as knowing what to say. Making the person feel belittled or embarrassed can lead to further panic and loss of self-control. Yet the phobia may seem absolutely ridiculous from an outside perspective. Here's how to avoid making things worse.

Setting Boundaries
Friends and family members form the first line of support for someone suffering from a phobia. However, this should not mean becoming a martyr. Read on for advice on setting healthy boundaries.

Stress Relief for Caregivers
Helping a loved one through a phobia can be draining and emotionally exhausting. Read on for some tips on keeping yourself emotionally healthy.

Support Groups for Caregivers
No matter how much you love someone with a phobia, caring for him or her can be exhausting. You can meet others who understand in a support group. Read on to find out more.

How to Help Someone Else Through a Sudden Phobia Confrontation
Sudden phobia confrontations, such as encountering a spider or an unexpected crowd, are nearly inevitable. If someone you know has an undisclosed phobia, her behavior may seem strange. Yet your reactions can help her make it through the event. Here are some suggestions.

Caring for Someone With a Phobia
Experts stress that you cannot help someone else become any more mentally healthy than you are yourself. Caregivers often neglect their own needs, but this leads to burnout and even physical illnesses. How can we care for someone else without losing ourselves in the process?

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