Cure for spider fear?

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A new pill could hold the secret to combatting arachnophobia.

Researchers at the University of Oxford hope that the antibiotic, which is currently used for treating tuberculosis, will help people to overcome their fears and anxieties.  One of these fears might be the widespread fear of spiders.

The researchers are currently searching for 40 arachnophobes to take part in the study. Participants will be given either a placebo or an antibiotic aswell as cognitive behavioural therapy.

Megan Cowles, a one-time arachnophobe, told the Oxford Mail how shw overcame her childhood phobia: “It [her phobia] was pretty serious.  If it was a really small spider it would be okay. But if it was a large one I would probably burst into tears”.

A third year at Univ, said: “I’m very excited to hear that research is being done in this field.  For years now I have lived in fear of spiders.  But now it looks at last like there might be light at the end of the tunnel”.

The Oxford University Department of Psychiatry are carrying out the study at Headington’s Warneford Hospital.

Those who choose to take part in the survey will be paid 30 pounds.

To contact the research team, email [email protected]