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what causes fear of falling?

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Dr. Judith Tellerman
Clinical Psychology 42 years experience
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.

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I fear I may have been bitten by a tick, can this harm the baby?

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Possible: Lyme disease and other tick borne diseases rarely infect the fetus. You should see a doctor and get treated if needed. If the fetus is affected it can be very serious.
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Whats the difference between a fear and a phobia?

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Dr. Latisha Smith
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Fear is felt to be a normal protective mechanism. Fear is what causes us to walk slowly to keep from stumbling when it is too dark to see. A phobia is an abnormal fear that keeps the sufferer from normal activities. Someone with a phobia of heights would not be able to use a ladder at all. A non-phobic fear of fear of heights makes people be very careful when climbing on ladders.
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What should I do about my fear of flying?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
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Hypnosis: Hypnosis is very successful, I have found, to help people who have a fear of flying.
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What can I do in order to fly if I have a huge fear of flying?

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Talk to someone: The best place to start is to talk with your doctor, they can recommend a counselor or a behavioral medicine specialist for you to talk to about techniques to deal with your fears. There are effective programs that can help you. As a last resort, a limited amount of a anti-anxiety medication can be prescribed.
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How can I get my friend to overcome the fear of other people knowing she has a problem and going to aa?

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Tell her:: "everybody knows you have a problem now. When you go to aa, they will know you have a solution.".

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