I now lead a support group for weather-related phobias online at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Weather-Phobia-Support-Group-of-the-4-States/353134298045858?ref=tn_tnmn in Facebook. Also I lead support group meetings in the Joplin Public Library, small meeting room, Thursdays at 6:30 pm, through July5 -- after which time the venue will change. No meeting June 14. Everyone is welcome!!
I had lilapsophobia (fear of tornadoes) that developed following the Joplin tornado, 5/22/2011. It has been so reduced after treatment that I cannot feel any fear anymore. I am going to test that assumption this weekend by watching the IMAX movie Tornado Alley in Kansas. If that doesn't bother me, then maybe I will only be as afraid of tornadoes as most of my neighbors in the Midwest.
I estimate that desensitization treatment has reduced my fear of tornadoes (lilapsophobia) about 50% in 4 months of self-help treatment and about 2 months of professional help. I had a very severe phobia. I hope this information is helpful to someone else.
I am currently undergoing professional treatment and support for the phobia described in my article. Systematic desensitization, a type of exposure therapy, works over 90% of the time. If I do not respond well enough to this treatment I can be hypnotized. Thanks for sharing my article everyone.
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