Specific phobias, an extreme, irrational fear of something that poses little or no real danger, come in a variety of forms. Some common specific phobias include fear of closed-in places, height, insects, water, flying and injuries involving blood. Known to affect an estimated 19.2 million adult Americans, such fears are twice as common in women as men. Though usually avoided by those who dread such objects, specific phobias can affect one’s personal and professional life.
Celebrities too suffer from phobias. While some personalities share common phobias like the fear of bugs or heights, others have bizarre ones. A British reality TV show that makes celebrities from different walks of life face their fears is “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.” The show sees up to 12 celebrities live together in an Australian jungle for around three weeks. During their stay, they are not offered any luxuries, have to survive off the daily rations, are completely cut out from the outside world and have to endure the daily Bushtucker Trials. Amidst the daily eliminations, the celebrities compete among themselves to be crowned the king or queen of the jungle. Here are contestants sharing their phobias:
Georgia Toffolo: Crowned Queen of the Jungle, “Made In Chelsea” star Georgia Toffolo is a self-confessed jumper and shrieks at the sight of rats, mice and spiders. What’s more, the celeb is even scared of heights. Considered an inborn or innate phobia, acrophobia or fear of heights can undermine a person’s capacity to perform daily actions like looking out from a building window.
Amir Khan: For former light-welterweight world champion Amir Khan, his worst nightmare is to come face-to-face with a spider. Additionally, the sportsman is also scared of snakes and heights.
Dennis Wise: For retired footballer Dennis Wise, being in a coffin is sure to set him off. A bit claustrophobic, the former Chelsea and England player does not like the idea of being trapped in a coffin. Categorized as a fear of being enclosed in a small space, claustrophobia can be triggered by many factors or situations.
Jamie Lomas: “Hollyoaks” actor Jamie Lomas has a fear of bugs and spiders crawling over his head. Called arachnophobia, the phobia is often a result of the threat of being bitten by spiders, their erratic movements or simply their legs.
Jennie McAlpine: For “Coronation Street” legend Jennie McAlpine, her biggest fear is leaving her son Albert behind. While feeling anxious about separation from one’s child may be normal, excess of it can be detrimental to a parent’s health and can even negatively impact parenting behaviors and child’s development.
Vanessa White: Vanessa White of the “Saturdays” fame is scared of heights and bugs. Entomophobia or Acarophobia is fear of insects and includes an aversion to bugs who appear ugly or disgusting due to their shape or colors. The condition can result in a person feeling a constant pricking or creeping sensation, a compulsive disorder to clean to repel bugs and even make it impossible for someone to leave the house to avoid bugs.
Shappi Khorsandi: Iranian-born stand-up comedian Shappi Khorsandi is scared of heights and dreads being without tea.
Rebekah Vardy: The wife of English professional footballer Jamie Vardy is scared of spiders and bugs. While the celebrity was excited to be part of the show, she confessed to having fears of bugs crawling around her feet and of confined spaces.
Stanley Johnson: An author and former politician, Stanley Johnson fears nothing except a black widow spider or a crocodile. Though he was sure not to encounter any Sydney funnel-web spider in the jungle, he was keen to look out for Australian crocodiles.
Jack Maynard: While YouTuber Jack Maynard confessed to being scared of everything, he hopes that his time in the jungle will help him discover his biggest fears or help him find what he is truly afraid of.
Phobias can be treated
Disabling in nature, specific phobias respond well to carefully targeted psychotherapy. Some of the treatments effective in treating specific phobias include, but are not limited to, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), relaxation exercises and even medications, if necessary. For those looking for top-notch specific phobias treatment centers in California, look no further than Sovereign Health that offers evidence-based treatment for any type of phobia. Call at our 24/7 helpline number (866) 954-0529 or chat online with one of our representatives for further information about our treatment centers for specific phobias in California.