Don’t Worry, These 10 Strange Fears Are Really Common. But They’re Still Odd.

Do you have one of the ten most commons phobias in the country? Chances are, you’re not alone in your irrational fear of spiders, heights, and/or giant crowds. Just about 10 percent of American adults have a phobia of some sort, according to numbers from the National Institute of Mental Health. 

It’s not known exactly why we humans develop phobias to certain things. Some research has suggested an evolutionary purpose. If you don’t have a true phobia, it’s hard to understand why others may cower in fear when exposed to certain things. Whatever the cause may be, here are the phobias that are more prevalent than others:

1.) Arachnophobia – Being afraid of spiders.

2.) Ophidiophobia – Fear of snakes.

3.) Acrophobia – Fear of heights.

4.) Agoraphobia – The fear of being in situations/places where escape is difficult. This might include crowded train stations, city streets, or concerts.

5.) Cynophobia – Fear of dogs.

6.) Astraphobia – Being afraid of thunder and lightning.

7.) Trypanophobia – The fear of injections.

8.) Social Phobias – Fear of social situations, events, and people.

9.) Pteromerhanophobia – The fear of flying.

10.) Mysophobia – The fear of germs and dirt.


Who knew that people were actually afraid of thunder and lightning (Astraphobia? You’re not alone if you have a weird fear… you might just be afraid.

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This 20 Year Old Girl Suffers From Extreme Anxiety. That’s Why This Left Me Totally Speechless.

Anna Clendening was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and she regularly suffers from panic attacks. She’s only 20 years old, but her musical talent is brilliant. She fought through her personal problems and left judges absolutely stunned on this past season of America’s Got Talent. If you didn’t see this rendition of Hallelujah, check it out.

Share this amazing performance with others below. Anna’s truly inspiring with her ability to overcome.

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This Strange Insomnia Disease Forces Its Victims To Stay Awake Until They Die

If you suffer from any level of insomnia, you know how damaging it can be to your health as well as your personal life. So you can just imagine having a disease that NEVER allows you to sleep, keeping you in a constant state of exhaustion…until your body gives up and dies.

That’s what fatal familial insomnia (FFI) is. The disease is extremely rare (less than one out of 10 million people have it), but those who do suffer from it live in extreme agony. Sadly, so far there is no cure.

The cause of FFI is a mutated protein called PrPSc, which has only been found in 40 families worldwide, affecting around 100 people.

The first signs of the disease are just basic symptoms of insomnia, along with panic attacks, paranoia, and phobias.

After four months pass, the hallucinations start. Sometimes victims will act out their dreams, despite not really being asleep. One woman, who was a hair stylist before being diagnosed, brushed imaginary people’s hair.

Five months later, victims are completely unable to sleep and experience rapid weight loss.

Over the course of the next six months, victims develop dementia and go into a non-responsive, dream-like state. Eventually, they die from exhaustion. The average lifespan of a patient after the onset of symptoms is 18 months.

(via Oddity Central)

There is currently no cure for FFI, but as sufferers of the disease continue donating their brains to science, experts believe they are getting closer to finding one. In the meantime, people with FFI go to often bizarre lengths to help them sleep, such as sensory deprivation tanks and even electroconvulsive therapy.

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The People In These Photos Seem Happy, But Their Smiles Hide The Painful Truth

It’s important that we all know the signs that a family member or loved one is going through a hard time, but the fact is that many people who are depressed or suicidal know how to hide their feelings well.

Whether it’s because they feel pressure to appear a certain way in public or they don’t want to burden others with their inner turmoil, the fact is that we don’t always know what depression looks like.

That’s why people on social media are raising awareness by sharing photos with the hashtag #facesofdepression. Just a warning: some of these stories are graphic and involve death. If they may upset you, please protect yourself by not reading.

1. “This was days before my husband took his own life. Suicidal thoughts were there, but you’d never know.”

2. “This photo was taken just 7 hours before I tried to take my own life for the 3rd time.”

3. “This is my son right before going to his computer to look up how to properly hang himself. Two days later, he followed through.”

4. “You can’t tell can you? You can’t tell by the look in my eyes or the sound of my voice even. You’re thinking ‘You’re smiling though!'”

5. “This is depression in our home. I fight every day. My husband tries his best but can’t break through. I don’t understand it. I don’t know why I can’t get rid of it.”

6. “My #faceofdepression, and yes it is possible to be depressed with a child. Hearing, ‘You don’t have a reason to be depressed with her around’ doesn’t do shit but make me feel worse about myself.”

7. “This is my boyfriend two weeks before hanging himself. Will never understand it.”

8. “Short, intense depressive episodes are real and horrible. Mothers with mental health problems, I see you. I’m here, standing with you, standing against all odds and raising the future one day at a time whilst battling with our minds. You’re not going unnoticed or unappreciated. You are incredible.”

9. “Currently at the doctor seeking help. Most have no idea what I’m going through and that I cry in the shower or in the car on my way home from work or can’t sleep at night because of panic attacks.”

10. “I get up, put on a full face of makeup, wear a fun dress, all while struggling with depression, anxiety and sometimes suicidal thoughts.”

11. “This is what depression looked like not long before we lost our beloved Luke. Depression is a SERIOUS illness. Don’t dismiss people who are hurting.”

12. “You guys! This is the face of depression and suicidal thoughts. Three years ago antidepressants saved my life and then a year and a half ago they almost claimed it because I just decided I was happy and quit taking them suddenly. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Normalize mental health issues. No more shame in my struggle.”

13. ” The face of depression. Sometimes it looks optimistic. Sometimes it doesn’t. And having a smart, beautiful child doesn’t mean those feelings don’t exist or that they’re not valid. She loves me on my good days and my bad days.”

14. “Depression looks different on everyone. On me, it’s dirty hair, bags under my eyes even though I slept all day, and makeup from yesterday because I was too exhausted to take it off before bed. Yesterday was great until one phrase set me off. It can’t be helped sometimes. Just remember. There is no one look for depression.”

15. “When people think about depression, they tend to have a very specific idea of how it manifests itself. I’m in the middle of a very real depressive episode and here I am at work with my plants and headphones.”

(via BoredPanda)

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Mayor Cory Booker anxious for you to throw away your food, take #SNAPChallenge!/CoryBooker/status/274628706901823488

Having confirmed his intent to live off of food stamps for a week in response to a Twitter challenge, Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker is inviting followers to join him. The challenge doesn’t begin until next Tuesday, but Booker is laying the prep work, doing what he can to praise the SNAP program as essential while simultaneously pointing out how woefully inadequate it is — funny how so many government entitlement programs fit that description.

If you’d like to participate, here are the rules as they stand now, in handy video form.

Thanks to those joining me in the #SNAPchallenge to help spread awareness of SNAP. Learn the guidelines

— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) November 30, 2012

Take special note of the arbitrary conditions. Many on food stamps don’t have a car, so don’t drive to the store. Many on food stamps don’t have friends or family, so don’t accept food from mom.

@corybooker glad ur doing this for awareness but honestly a full month is needed to understand & eating healthy, forget it. #SNAPchallenge

— Butterfly Effect (@anontransformed) November 30, 2012

@corybooker @cmajaski Read the guidelines for the #SNAPchallenge, it is not going to be easy!

— Caroline Boyce (@SweetCMB) December 1, 2012

Not easy at all. Esp. when the Mayor only gets $30. Eating right will be a challenge as well. @sweetcmb @corybooker #SNAPChallenge

— Christina Majaski (@cmajaski) December 1, 2012

I challenge all of congress to take the #SNAPChallenge Put your MONEY where your MOUTH is!P.S. Staying in the mansion is not gonna work.

— Grandmastiff Flash (@BullmastiffDog) November 24, 2012

@roycedaddy @corybooker I hope this helps people realize we need a min wage tied to cost of living index. #SNAPchallenge

— Pamela Reinskou (@preinsko) December 1, 2012

Although many praise the challenge for raising awareness, one follower wants people to be aware of the original purpose of the SNAP program.

@corybooker @primarilypaleo C’mon man, tell the people what the S in SNAP stands for. #snapChallenge#supplemental

— Ryan 2016 (@DraftRyan2016) November 29, 2012

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Stress relief tips and exercises – How to relieve stress Ever notice your neck and shoulders hurt after a stressful day? You’re probably holding a lot of tension in those muscles. Here are some stress relief tips and exercises for your body after a rough day, from family and lifestyle correspondent Ylonda Caviness. Stress relief tips and exercises – How to relieve stress Stress not only makes you feel lousy and ill-tempered, it can literally be a killer. It’s important to find outlets for stress relief and identify its sources as well. * First, you must recognize that you are stressed. It’s more than likely just you and not everyone around you who is stressed as that moment. * To relieve stress, you need to identify the source of it. Often just your day-to-day tasks can cause a great deal of stress. * Exercises you can do almost anywhere for stress relief: 1. If you are in your car rushing to get somewhere and trying to beat a light, simply stop and let the light catch you. Take deep breaths while sitting at the light and tell yourself “The tension is flowing out of my body.” 2. You can also simply shrug your shoulders and hold it for 4-5 seconds. A lot of tension is held in your shoulders. 3. Listening to music can help relieve stress. Put on some silly music that will allow you to have fun and lighten up. 4. Laughter is the best prescription for stress relief – even try to laugh at yourself. * Recognize that its not just you who is stressed out—everyone goes through stressful situations.