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Dear Dish-It: Scared of Spiders

Dear Dish-it,


I'm afraid to sleep in my room ever since this HUGE Brown Recluse Spider was in my room. All spiders love my blood. Now every night I sleep in the living room. What do I do to not be scared anymore?


Fantasia


Dear Fantasia,


Sounds like you may have a bit of a condition that’s known as a Phobia - which is a fancy word to describe an extremely strong fear of a situation or thing. According to KidsHealth.org, it is also a kind of fear that doesn't go away. Kids who have a phobia will be afraid of something every time they see or experience it. They won't just be afraid once or twice. Kids who have phobias often go out of their way to avoid the situation or thing that scares them.


Scared of Spiders

There are many different kinds of phobias. What you may have is arachnophobia, which is a fear of spiders. No one really knows why certain kids, like yourself, have phobias. It may have to do with your genes or with an experience you had when you were younger. The good news is, phobias like your own are totally treatable (translation: you don’t have to sleep in the living room forever!). You should start by making an appointment to see your doctor. After you talk to him or her about your fear of spiders, you may be referred to a specialist who can help you deal with your phobia. Or, your doctor may have some suggestions for you or show you some relaxation techniques or exercises that will help you calm down when you are feeling especially frightened. Depending on how great your fear of spiders is, and how hard you’re willing to work to get over it, it may take weeks, months or a bit longer to feel completely comfortable sleeping in your room again – scary old spider or not!


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hiphopgirl555

hiphopgirl555 wrote:

I'm terrified of spiders too.
commented: Thu Jul 17, 2014

MonasYou

MonasYou wrote:

YOUR SCARING ME XC
commented: Thu Jul 17, 2014

MonasYou

MonasYou wrote:

STOP IT PLEASE
commented: Thu Jul 17, 2014

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Alsina
Alsina posted in Family Issues:
Yes you're totally right It is a life changing decision. I mean I am going to try and talk with her about it but then again she is 23 an adult so she's at that age that she can make her own choices in life, whether its good or bad. Um but yeah I will definitely tell her how I feel about it. I really don't want to lose her to the gang life, kinda feels like I already am but I'm hoping she'll understand my decision. Thanks. 
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Alsina
Alsina posted in Family Issues:
Well she's already officially a member. I'll try and talk to her about it though, I kinda know why she joined, because she likes the excitement of it, the money and the sense of family. I already feel like I am going to lose her to the gang life. 
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Thranduil
That is the type of decision capable of changing your life. However, if you don't want to be part of it (And I highly recommend not engaging in that sort of lifestyle), then as hugebear said, you should sit your sister down and explain to her why you do not want to be part of a gang and maybe since you're afraid to lose her, explain that just because you want no part in it does not mean you want to lose her as well.
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hugebear
hugebear posted in Family Issues:
Me advices is talk to her.  Tell her exactly what your feeling and you doesnt want to join and ask her why she is joining.  Tell her why you think she shouldnt and also add that you feels that you will lose her if she does.
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Alsina
Alsina posted in Family Issues:
So my big sister just recently told me she was in a gang, I kinda already figured she was but I never asked. I don't really know how to feel about it. She's like my best friend, I can come to her for anything and I'd do anything for her! Anyways she asked me if I wanted to join the family, I haven't really given her an answer yet, and she keeps trying to pull one out of me so I jokingly asked what gang she was in and she told me she was a crip.Telling me that she and her boys will have my back and stuff... I don't want to lose her if i say no but I also don't want to be in a gang.  =(
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