James Hicks, M.D., 50 SIGNS OF MENTAL ILLNESS (Yale University Press)

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One thing you miss about living in the country: the buildings were only one to two stories high. Since moving to the city you've had to walk up and down eight flights of stairs at work and two flights at home. Most everyone around you thinks you're an exercise freak; only a few people know that you're scared of elevators.

Not that elevators are unsafe, you keep telling yourself. But once you were in an elevator when it was stuck between floors. You were trapped with four other people, and you panicked. Now your heart starts racing just thinking about it. In fact, you start to sweat just passing the elevators in the lobby. The doors innocently "bing" as they open and beckon to you.

This chapter covers the following topics:

  • Fears
  • Phobias Can Be Treated with Psychotherapy


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Fifty Signs of Mental Illness: A Guide to Understanding Mental Health
Yale University Press / New Haven and London
Copyright © 2005 by James Whitney Hicks

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