What causes a fear of cats? (Ailurophobia)

anxiety phobia Sep 07, 2022

What causes a fear of cats, or Ailuro-phobia?

Some people are not cat people, or may dislike cats.

If you’ve ever been scratched or bitten by a cat, you may be quite wary of them.

In either of these cases, you’re not going to go out of your way to spend time with them, but you’re also not going to spend a lot of time worrying about them.

Phobias are a lot stronger than dislike.

And today we are talking about Ailurophobia, Felinophobia, Elurophobia,

Gatophobia, Galeophobia or just straight, Cat Phobia.

Ailuro originates from the Greek word for cat.

Feline from Latin

And Gato from Spanish.

Lots of ways to say, “cats really freak me out!”


With ailurophobia you might spend a lot of time worrying about encountering cats and thinking about ways to avoid them.

This can be pretty disruptive to daily life, especially as cats are a very popular pet.

Speaking of, this fear is usually about domesticated cats rather than large predatory cats.

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Panic - The Real Cause of Claustrophobia

anxiety panic phobia Sep 06, 2022

Claustrophobia – a fear of confined or crowded spaces - has a little known connection to Panic Attacks.

Keep reading to find out more about the causes of Claustrophobia and how it links to panic.

The intensity of Claustrophobia can vary from one person to another.

It can cause severe anxiety and panic attacks.

And for some who struggle with claustrophobia, even the thought of being in a confined space may be enough to make you squirm.

In terms of numbers – about 2.2% of the total population experience claustrophobia. And it is more common among women than men.

It generally starts for people around 20 years old.

And most people don’t get any support for it (their entire lives), despite the fact that it’s one of the more impairing and disruptive phobias due to crowds and tight spaces (like elevators) being a common occurrence in our modern day-to-day lives.


Common Triggers

In fact, here are some of the common triggers of claustrophobia...

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What you need to know about anxiety recovery

anxiety Jul 31, 2021


If you struggle with anxiety and are want to do something about it. There are things you need to know about the journey that will change the way you see your progress and approach recovery.
I have been through the journey of recovery myself. Not only from intense anxiety, but depression, PTSD and Panic as well. I get it, and in this post I'm going to share with you what you need to know about Anxiety Recovery.

1. The first thing is, that it is not a straight upwards improvement

You're not going to start working on your anxiety and just get better and better by the day. Each day being filled with less and less anxiety, until its gone altogether. That's just not what people experience.
It's normal to have good days and bad days. Days where you notice your anxiety is significantly reduced. And then other days when it comes back up and is a struggle again.
I found it really helpful early on to see a graph that was a sawtooth, sometimes up and...
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Am I going crazy?

anxiety gad ocd panic worry Jul 17, 2021

Sometimes when people come to see me, they can be worried that, given the wrong push, they’ll go crazy.

They’ll end up hurting someone, embarrassing themselves, or thrown in the looney bin.

There are actually 3 distinct types of anxiety that I see cause this fear of going insane.

  1. Panic
  2. Generalised Anxiety
  3. OCD

With Panic fears, sometimes people can be afraid that if their anxiety goes any higher, they’ll lose it. They’ll go insane, or lose the plot.

This can be a fear of temporary insanity, where they panic and run out of a board meeting or punch and kick people in a desperate effort to leave a plane.

Or it can be a fear of more permanent loss of faculties, resulting in drooling in bed or in a Psych ward for the rest of their lives.


Now with Generalised Anxiety, we’re talking about what’s called Type 2 Worry.

This is when someone worries about the effect of all the worrying they’re doing.

In this instance, it’s the worry that...

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How to Tell the Difference Between a Panic Attack and a Heart Attack

It’s not uncommon for people to have anxiety about Heart Attacks, or a Heart Attack fear.

Especially amongst people struggling with Panic, as Panic Attacks can feel very similar.

Often you’re left wondering, “Am I having a Heart Attack or a Panic Attack?"


You might notice your chest tighten, your heart start pounding or fluttering and you start to sweat profusely.

Often people’s minds start racing to quickly figure out what’s going on, and with far more publicity on heart attacks than panic attacks, it’s easy for the mind to jump to that conclusion.

It’s that much more frightening and confusing if you’ve never had either a heart attack or panic attack. But even if you have had panic attacks before, you may wonder, “how do I know it's a panic attack and not a heart attack?”


So what’s the difference?


What’s a Heart Attack?

A heart attack is when part of your heart doesn’t get...

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What does a life free from anxiety look like?

anxiety Mar 13, 2021


Have you ever wondered what your life would be like if you were free from anxiety?

If it didn't constantly rear its ugly head , when your just going about your day.

If it didn't get in the way of what is most important to you, or impact on your significant relationships.

What if you could go for that opportunity you have always wanted without it getting in the way?

I can tell you want that means to me in one word...


Anxiety, with all its restrictions, can free like a cage.

A cage that gets smaller and smaller the more the anxiety grows.

However, what if there was a way to escape that cage?

To be free from limits in your life imposed by anxiety and really get to live again.

Have freedom from Anxiety

We all know there is more to life than the barriers erected by anxiety.

That life could be better with less fear and restriction, and a good dose more meaning and joy.

But it so often feels like it isn't a life you have access to, when you struggle with anxiety.

Maybe the...

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What not to say to someone with anxiety

anxiety Mar 05, 2021

So I'm sitting in this psychiatrist’s office.

And sharing some thoughts I’ve been having and he turns to me and says...

"Well that's an unhelpful thought, just don't think like that."

Example of “What not to say to someone with anxiety”


If you're more of a visual person and want to hear me talk about this on video, you can watch here:


I'd been struggling with intense anxiety, lots of self negative thoughts, and pretty crippling depression.

I was in his office because attempts to "just not think like that" or "pull it together" hadn't worked.

If I’m honest, things had gotten pretty bad.

And I’m sitting with that man, struggled with an intense desire to just lie and tell him I did all the things he asked me to do last time.

Seriously, I just wanted those appointments to be over.

I wanted to hide.

I wanted to stay quiet.

I kept having this thought it was just me and I just needed to stop it.

Stop being anxious.

Stop overreacting.


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Can you catch anxiety from someone?

anxiety stress Feb 11, 2021

Ever find yourself worried that if you spend time around an anxious friend or hear too much information about anxiety that you will “catch” anxiety – You will become anxious yourself, or will take on a new fear or new form of anxiety, like OCD?

Well, a big thank you to long-time subscriber, Robyn, for asking this question:

Can you catch anxiety?

According to a recent study published in the journal of Memory and Cognition, many people believe this idea…

That you can catch anxiety disorders, anorexia, problems with alcohol, or even schizophrenia from spending time with people with these conditions.

Many of us have had the experience of spending time with someone who is visibly anxious and felt a bit anxious ourselves.

If we were around this all the time, could we end up with their issues?

It’s enough to make you wonder whether you can catch anxiety the same way you catch a cold.

Picture this, you’re at work…

Your manager is sighing… a...

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Best Online Anxiety Treatment

anxiety Jan 31, 2021

We feel very honoured to be awarded Best Online Anxiety Support Programme for our online membership Anti-Anxiety Academy by the Global Health & Pharma awards 2020.

It's taken a fair bit of innovation to create our online programme in such a way that people feel engaged in boosting their anxiety skills and supported in a like-minded community.

We endeavour to continue to provide our members with the most effective and up-to-date treatment so they can overcome anxiety and get freedom in their lives.

If you're struggling with anxiety and want to learn more about the best way of attaining freedom in your life, I'd recommend you come along to our next free live masterclass.


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