Phobias: A Collection of True Stories
by Emerian Rich
Read about Emerian Rich’s monkey phobia in the new book, PHOBIAS featuring phobia insights by Kay Brooks, David Price, Emerian Rich, Suzanne Robb, Janet Scott-Buckley, Jay Sutter, Toianna Wika, Craig Cook, Geoffery Crescent, Kim Curley, Alyn Day, Denise Dumars, J. T. Evans, Shauna P. Norman, and Angie Orenstein. Edited by Mary Harris.
Emerian’s monkey phobia started at a young age and plagues her even today. In “The Monkey Queen” you will read how this phobia has haunted her nightmares and infected her real life. Whether your phobia be spider, snake, or monkey related, you will find these stories interesting and maybe even a bit disturbing. Ever wonder what phobias feel like? What nightmares they cause the individuals experiencing them? Check out PHOBIAS.
Over 60 million people in the United States and Great Britain are estimated to have phobias. There is no specific gene that causes phobias. While anxiety disorders and phobias may start in childhood, and children who have a parent or close relative with a specific phobia may be more likely to develop it, there is no specific situation that causes phobias. However, most people who deal with an anxiety disorder or phobia on a daily basis know they are coping with a difficulty. They know that research is ongoing, such as studies on the amygdala, the specific brain region associated with the “fight-or-flight” response. They know there are no “cures.” From beta blockers to SSRIs and MAOIs to sedatives to behavioral therapy to biofeedback to herbal remedies, there is no one solution. They also know they are not alone! On these pages, you will find eighteen stories and one poem by individuals who courageously face each day, and each night, knowing life will throw many things, both good and difficult, in their path. And yet, they go on. Read, applaud, and be grateful for your own life.