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Ebola: “Can I get it from a bowling ball …from shaking hands …from mosquitoes?” How can I quiet my anxieties about this disease?

Response from Debra Kissen, PhD:

Debra Kissen, PhDEbola and the Anxious Mind

All the experts say it is extremely unlikely that you'll get Ebola. So why isn't this reassuring enough? Why can’t you breathe a sigh of relief knowing there’s only a teeny-tiny chance of contracting this disease?

Because if you’re living with anxiety, it’s not enough to hear about a low probability. You want to hear a guarantee of safety.

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