Liz came to see me about her phobia of flying. She said that even the thought of going to the airport was extremely stressful for her, let alone actually sitting in the plane and taking off. As you can imagine, it was causing a real problem for the family when they went on holidays.
David, like many people in this country (perhaps more than you might at first think), used to suffer from arachnophobia which is defined as an intense and irrational fear of spiders. Of course, even though David knew his fear was totally irrational (he described it as such himself), it didn’t make it any less real for him. As anyone with any phobia will certainly be all too aware, the phobia is irrational but very real and its effects can have quite an impact on the sufferer’s life.