What are you afraid of?

About 1 in 10 Americans has a phobia – an intense and persistent fear of something. Common phobias include a fear of heights, small spaces, or spiders. A Mayo Clinic psychologist and someone who has a fear of contamination joined the MPR News with Angela Davis to discuss how phobias can impact the way you live and share ways to cope.


Dr. Stephen Whiteside, director of the Mayo Clinic Pediatric Anxiety Disorders Clinic

Mark Huberty, he facilitates anxiety and panic support group through NAMI Minnesota. He experiences anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder around specific fears around contamination.

Ruth Markowitz, runs MySky, an individualized program that helps fearful flyers.

This conversation is part of “Call To Mind” -- MPR’s initiative to foster new conversations about mental health. Learn more at Call To Mind Now dot Org.

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