There have been a few reports in the press lately about people being bitten by false widow spiders and needing hospital treatment.  The headlines have been unnecessarily scaremongering, giving the impression that the spider bite is potentially deadly.  There has never been a fatal spider bite in the UK, but why let that get in the way of a good headline?  The truth is far more mundane, that a couple of people have suffered a nasty, but far from deadly, rare allergic reaction to what would for most people be nothing serious.  A conservation officer at the Kent Wildlife Trust said that a false widow spider is “no more dangerous than eating a peanut”.

 

So far, so reasonable.  But news reports like this can make an already irrational fear of spiders even worse.  Spider phobia, or arachnophobia, is estimated to be the most common phobia in the UK despite the fact that none of our native spiders are able to kill or even harm us.  Up to 55% of women and 18% of men have some level of arachnophobia.  For some of these otherwise perfectly rational people, this fear can be debilitating.  From screaming the house down at the sight of a spider in the bath, to refusing travel opportunities to countries with bigger spider populations, arachnophobia can be life limiting.

 

There is a way out of the fear though.  If fear is taking over your life, whether it be fear of spiders, fear of flying, or indeed fear of anything, there is help available.  Elaine has an excellent success rate for helping people face and overcome their fears and hers is a humane, understanding and non-judgemental approach that actually works.