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Dr. Lawrence Smith
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Irrational Fear Or Phobia (Overview)

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I am experiencing irrational fear or phobia. I have never taken XANAX before. How do I know if it is not dangerous for me or whether I can take it?

I am experiencing  irrational fear or phobia. I have never taken XANAX before. How do I know if it is not dangerous for me or whether I can take it?

Phobias: Please discuss it with the prescribing physician although a small test dose of benzo could be tried to see how well you can tolerate it. You must try CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy). ...Read more

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Dr. Lawrence Smith
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Irrational Fear Or Phobia (Overview)

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I am experiencing delusions, lightheadedness (worsened by: anxiety) , irrational fear or phobia, appetite changes (quality: reduced appetite) , di...

I am experiencing  delusions, lightheadedness (worsened by: anxiety) , irrational fear or phobia, appetite changes (quality: reduced appetite) , di...

Evaluation Needed: First you would need to be evaluated to rule out any medical and/or substance use causes for these symptoms, followed by a mental health evaluation. There are a number of possible reasons for these symptoms, and more information is definitely needed. If you find these symptoms to be frightening, disturbing, and causing significant distress, please go to the nearest ER or call 911 for assistance. ...Read more

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I am experiencing irrational fear or phobia. The following also describe me: Poor concentration, Feeling anxious, Irritability, and Nervousness. What?

I am experiencing  irrational fear or phobia. The following also describe me: Poor concentration, Feeling anxious, Irritability, and Nervousness. What?

Not certain what: you are asking here. Have you considered cognitive behavioral therapy for this symptoms. I might not be addressing your question - so please consider resubmitting and clarifying the question. ...Read more

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I am experiencing fatigue, nervousness, hopelessness, irrational fear or phobia, restless (tossing and turning) sleep, paranoid behavior, emotiona...

I am experiencing  fatigue, nervousness, hopelessness, irrational fear or phobia, restless (tossing and turning) sleep, paranoid behavior, emotiona...

Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as symptoms you describe is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more

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All the allergy testsi took ( food, dust, pollen, nuts) was 100 % negative. I have fear of anaphylaxis. Irrational fear/phobia ? I have death anxiety.

All the allergy testsi took ( food, dust, pollen, nuts) was 100 % negative. I have fear of anaphylaxis. Irrational fear/phobia ? I have death anxiety.

Phobia is possible: Anxiety can cause a significant impact on your health and may need to be addressed by a health professional. For the record, allergy may exist even if skin tests are negative. Tests may be falsely negative for a variety of reasons. If there is a history of severe reactions to a food it still may be necessary to avoid the food even if a skin test is negative. ...Read more

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Irrational fears are like phobias, right? How do you handle them?

Irrational fears are like phobias, right? How do you handle them?

Cbt and desensitazat: Although the two are similiar, irrational fears and phobias do differ. Irrarional fears are thoughts that may cause you to worry about a situation or perhaps contribute to you misperceiving a situation or an encounter. Unless you are delusional or psychotic, medication won't assist much with changing irration beliefs or thoughts. Cognitive behavioral therapy that teaches you to effectively. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if my fears and phobias are irrational then why?

Can you tell me if my fears and phobias are irrational then why?

Spoiling the fun 4U?: We all have fears. There actually are things ; activities out there that are generally dangerous (e.g., radioactivity, poisons, walking across a highway). Phobias are extreme fears about situations/ things that most people would say pose little danger -like fear of vomiting/seeing someone else vomit; of riding in an elevator; of bees; etc. Phobias can create lots of stress ; take fun out of life! ...Read more

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What to do if I have an irrational fear of ferrets?

What to do if I have an irrational fear of ferrets?

Ferret Fear -: consider Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavior Therapy, Psychotherapy, Exposure therapy (imaginal exposure therapy, systematic desensitization, flooding, prolonged exposure therapy, in vivo exposure therapy) or hypnosis as possible options. Psychotropic medications are some times indicated as well. ...Read more

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Irrational fear of hiv! and am an or rn?

Natural: Hiv/aids continues to generate fear, misunderstanding, misinformation, & discrimination.People w aids are being isolated, forced out of their jobs or homes, refused medical/nursing treatment, stripped of their human & civic rights.And all for a disease that doesn't spread thru casual contact.U r scared of getting it, becoming sick & dying fr it.U may hv witnessed pxs, frens, loved ones dying from aids. ...Read more

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How can I get over an irrational fear of bees?

Exposure, Gradual: Most effective therapy = systematic desensitization. Involves facing/exposing yourself to the feared object/situation but gradually, in progressive steps (e.g., from looking at photo of a bee, to holding toy bee right up to getting up close 2them). At each step, you experience fear but "stay w/ it" until your level of fear drops/you feel relaxed. Work w/ behavioral/cognitive-behavioral specialist. ...Read more

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Please help! I have an irrational fear of childbirth?

Childbirth is a: Natural process that people in underdeveloped countries go through with no assistance whatsoever. Women's bodies were built to be capable of giving birth. In some societies they do not even have words for labor pain. Consider speaking with a therapist about your fears so that you can have the amazing experience of giving birth to a child. ...Read more

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What to do if I have irrational fear of peanut butter?

What to do if I have irrational fear of peanut butter?

CBT for some works: In contrast to other forms of psychotherapy, cognitive therapy is usually more focused on the present, more time-limited, and more problem-solving oriented. In addition, patients learn specific skills that they can use for the rest of their lives. These skills involve identifying distorted thinking, modifying beliefs, relating to others in different ways, and changing behaviors. ...Read more

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Irrational fear of sirens since tornadoes last year. What can we do?

Irrational fear of sirens since tornadoes last year. What can we do?

See below: It is not uncommon to have such reaction after a traumatic event; therapy can be very helpful; I have also found eft to be helpful in situations like this; it is a self help technique that is quite easy to learn and works on neutralizing the negative emotional connotation of a given past experience... Google it and let me know how it works for u... Or if u need further assistance. Wishing u well. ...Read more

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What do you think I should do to get over my irrational fear of squirrels?

What do you think I should do to get over my irrational fear of squirrels?

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. ...Read more

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How do I get over my irrational fear of losing control even when im not mad?

Psychotherapy: Identify your thought processes and bodily sx. Even if you're not mad, your body still experiencing something. Find a mental health professional to help you through the process. Consider medication if there's a need. ...Read more

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Please help! I have a huge an irrational fear/intrusive thought that i'm repressing memories?

It sounds like: You could benefit from meeting with a therapist and talking about your concerns. They can help you figure out what is behind your fears. ...Read more

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What to do if I have an irrational fear of cheating on my partner, I even dream about it. am I the only 1 and what do I do?

The definition of a: phobia is "an irrational fear." A mental health professional can help you deal w/this. Please don't simply use medication. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What do you think is causing my irrational fear of cancer? Everytime i'm even a little sick, i assume it's cancer every single time.

What do you think is causing my irrational fear of cancer? Everytime i'm even a little sick, i assume it's cancer every single time.

Learn about yourself: The fact that you recognize this pattern of thought as irrational sets you apart from the large majority of humankind who will never achieve much insight. You have a fantastic opportunity to explore this belief and how it arose in the setting of focused psychotherapy. This is likely to be key which, when understood, will give you the control you deserve over other aspects of yourself as well. ...Read more

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Have had irrational fear of certain public speaking all my life sometimes no problem and other times extream to the point of avoidance why?

Social Phobia: Many people have anxiety around public speaking and other performance or social activities. Stress reduction techniques such as breathing exercises, meditation, counseling, exercise, good sleep can help. Still some people are troubled by this problem. One way to treat it is to take a medication called Propranolol prior to the speaking engagement, it is a beta blocker and can be quite effective. ...Read more

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Dr. Tanya Russo
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Phobia (Definition)

An irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that leads to a strong desire to avoid it. Such fears can be considered anxiety disorders or symptoms characterized by unnecessary avoidance of a situation out of fear. Avoidance is the hallmark of a phobia. And, avoidance serves as a sort of ...Read more


Fear (Definition)

I would define fear as an insecure feeling, a feeling of impending doom! this is a sort of defense mechanism we developed that help us to survive. Fear helps us from falling "off the cliffs, " as we know the consequences; and help us survive. Children unknowingly, fall off, as ...Read more