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what causes unexpected fear?

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Dr. John Chavez
37 years experience Clinical Psychology
Unexpected fear: The cause could be your lack of familiarity about a situation or not being adequately prepared for whatever happened. Try discussing your fear with someone and see if your response has changed.Mif your fear is persistent then it would need closer evaluation.
Answered on May 4, 2014
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Dr. Judith Tellerman
42 years experience Clinical Psychology
Unique: It is always important to keep in mind that a psychological symptom may be caused by an underlying physical disorder. A physical disorder should be ruled out before undertaking a psychological course of treatment. Psychologically, the cause is unique to the individual and benefits from exploration in psychotherapy with a clinical psychologist.
Answered on May 7, 2017
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Dr. Judith Tellerman
42 years experience Clinical Psychology
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Yes, it is always important to keep in mind that a psychological symptom may be caused by an underlying physical disorder. A physical disorder should be ruled out before undertaking a psychological course of treatment.
Nov 22, 2016
Dr. Galina Nikolskaya
11 years experience Neurology
Agree, the cause is patient specific, for example one patient can have severe unexpected fear of dying during a panic attack, while another patient with temporal lobe epilepsy will have unexpected fear as a manifestation of a temporal lobe seizure or and aura
Nov 22, 2016

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