Lately, I have been wondering if I have arachnophobia. I have always been scared of spiders, but the fear is worsening. While they used to just surprise me and creep me out, now I can't even see a picture of a spider without having a physical response. My heart rate goes up, I feel sick to my stomach, and I start to hyperventilate. To make matters worse, I live in an old apartment and for the last few weeks, I have been finding big, hairy spiders (well, big for Chapel Hill, NC) in here. I tried to do some internet research to figure out whether the spider I had just killed was a brown recluse, but the google search turned up images and I screamed and slammed my computer shut. Shakily, I had to figure out some way to close the Firefox window without looking at the spider pictures anymore.
Does anyone else have a phobia like this? Heights, snakes, closed spaces, big words, whatever? Has anyone been through desensitization therapy?