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Phobias and reasons we get it


Do you belong to the 10% who have something in common with Kylie Jenner and Sylvester Stallone? What are phobias and why we get them

No fame and fortune can shield these celebrities from a phobia. Kylie Jenner and Nicole Kidman share a fear of butterflies, while action star Sylvester Stallone reported fear of heights along with singer Sheryl Crow.

The South China Morning Post explored phobias and its causes, and Dr Zaidi was interviewed to share insights into its origins and available treatments.

“The imagined threat is greater than any actual threat posed by the cause of terror. Phobias involve both fear and avoidance. The avoidance can reduce the constant feelings of severe distress and sometimes this can lead to impairment of daily functioning,”

Learn more about phobias by reading the full article here.


Dr. Quratulain Zaidi


Dr. Quratulain Zaidi (BSc. Hons, MSc, MSc, PhD) is a mother and a member of the British Psychological Society and British Association Counselling & Psychotherapy and abides by the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychology. She has lived in Hong Kong and Singapore for 12 years. She specialises in assisting families with issues including parenting, teen issues, Cybersafety, marriage guidance, post natal depression, stress and anxiety disorders, depression, bullying, eating disorders, OCD and self-harm. She is an expert in educational assessments and learning challenges in children, for example ADHD, ADD, Dyslexia and ASD.

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