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i have obsessive thoughts & phobia trouble. how to stop or slow down & catch?

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
A good CBT therapist: Seek a specialist in the field - ask ?s. The phobia might be easy for many therapists, but obsessive thoughts can be challenging. It's possible, so be patient and courageous. It may take time and be painful at times but the results can be worth every bit of it. Find people you trust who'll support you thru it and share in your happiness when you win the struggle. Best wishes!
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
CBT: Seek a cognitive-behavioral therapist who specializes in phobias. One method they use is systematic desensitization which slowly and incrementally brings the person closer and closer to the thing they are afraid of in slow, graduated steps that help make the anxiety more tolerable.

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How do I overcome my phobia of swallowing tablets?

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I know a few tricks: There are a few tricks to swallowing pills: 1) try to practice with small candies, like m&m's or tic-tacs, 2) always take pills with a drink or water. Trying something sweet like orange juice can increase saliva and help you swallow. 3) you have no taste buds under your tongue, so if you place a bitter pill under your tongue and then swallow it with water or juice, you won't taste the pill at all.
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What are common specific phobias?

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Dr. Alfredo Soto
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Many: Some include a fear of spiders, a fear of snakes, a fear of altitudes, a fear of flying, a fear of being in large crowds, a fear of being in open spaces, a fear of being in closed and small spaces, and a fear of the number 13.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Are there specialists who deal with patiets who have phobias visiting doctors?

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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Yes: Look for a counselor who specializes in phobias or social anxiety.
A 45-year-old member asked:

I have phobia about visiting doctors. Need doctor who understands and will be patient. Does exist?

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Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Yes: Two things to consider- a psychiatrist or psychologist can help you deal with the underlying phobia (freeing you to see whatever doctor you prefer). A kind, empathic physician, regardless of their specialty can care for you in a manner that makes the phobia tolerable. Unfortunately finding the latter is based primarily on word of mouth as these types of physician skills can't be measured easily.
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Dr. Eric Anderson
Psychiatry 21 years experience
Phobia: Fear, often excessive, irrational, or maladaptive. It may lead to behaviors to avoid the object, situation, person, etc. Which invokes the fear.
Dr. Howard Gurr
Dr. Howard Gurr commented
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Phobias and anxieties respond well to Virtual Reality Therapy(VRT). VRT is exposure therapy in a safe environment. The research suggests VRT is 90% effective. Seek out a therapist who uses VRT in your area. You can find providers through www.psious.com, www.limbix.com, or www.virtuallybetter.com.
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