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A To Z Of Phobias
How can systematic desensitisation help in the cure of a phobia? I have a sleep phobia, can it be cured by this technique?
It Depends: This technique often works well for simple phobias. You need a professional to determine if it is a simple phobia or a more complex problem before that is tried. Sleep phobia is unusual and suggests you may have had a trauma. See a psychologist for an evaluation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Both are good: If you're interested in social behavior and social sciences, psychology may be for you. If you're attracted to the basic sciences, (biology, chemistry, etc.) and don't mind a long educational journey, medicine and psychiatry might be the ticket. Fwiw, most psychiatrists made the decision first to be a physician and secondarily to be a psychiatrist. Most psychologists knew in undergrad studies. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
First psychiatrist consult in almost a year. How can I maximize this visit? I'm on the spectrum of bipolar and bpd with possible ADD.
Write out the: top three things you wish to accomplish in your first visit. There is limited time and your psychiatrist may only be able to get to one or two of them, so be prepared to quickly address the most important issues that you need to address right away. Document your past psychiatric and family history and current/past medications as well. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Communication: And planning. Sounds like a challenging situation. Probably a good idea to work with your colleague to generate a list of the duties and tasks she is handling, and then decide who will be responsible for them while she's out. If it's too much for other people to take on, then you might consider a temp employee. Good luck! ...Read more
Yes: Yes, you can certainly cope with the loss of a loved one by yourself. Seeing the psychologist is not mandatory. However, that being said, if the pain of the loss is intense enough, and impedes living your life and growing deeply enough, seeing a psychologist can make processing that loss much easier. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Therapy: Finding a therapist who specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy, in particular exposure response prevention therapy can help you overcome your phobia. In addition, medications that help with anxiety like ssris or benzodiazepines can also be helpful to compliment the therapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist? Which would be the better one to see about health anxiety(hypochondria)?
Therapy vs meds: Speaking very generally, most psychologists hold either a PhD or a PsyD degree (I hold both) and practice psychotherapy. Psychiatrists hold either an MD or a DO degree, and they prescribe psychotropic medications, and generally do not do all that much therapy these days, but years ago psychiatrists would do both. If symptoms are severe, see the psychiatrist first. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Please help! what is the emergency first aid measure to take in case of a person choking with a foreign body?
It is called the : Heimlich maneuver.Get a more detailed answer ›
See link : I like to use the national institute of mental health for information and guidance. It is non-biased i.e. No commercials. I direct family and loved ones of people with depression to this link: http://www.Nimh.Nih.Gov/health/publications/depression/how-can-i-help-a-loved-one-who-is-depressed.Shtml also---after your loved one is stabilized, ask to attend a meeting with their doctor/therapist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a problem with blushing which makes up most of my social anxiety. How would therapy help bring a stop to the blushing?
Depends on the type: Anxiety has many forms and this will dictate the best treatment. Sometimes behavior therapy is most effective in reducing specific fears. Some sorts like panic attacks work best with a combination of talking and medication. Social anxiety is often best addressed through both talking and behavioral techniques . See a trained doctor who can evaluate your specific needs and provide treatment. ...Read more
Cognitive Behavior: Known widely as CBT, a skilled psychotherapist who 'fits' well w/ you so you trust and enjoy working them really helps. It's a working relationship, a bit like a gym coach, and you learn skills to avoid, reduce and manage anxiety as you discover yourself. Your strengths and weaknesses provide direction - so it is a custom made process for your life. Seek until you find a good one for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably: An evaluation by a speech pathologist can help you understand your speech issues and whether there is a problem with the oral mechanism that needs work. Therapy after this evaluation has helped many adults. ...Read more
Methods: Accountability is a good starting point. I tell the combat veterans i work with that ptsd is not an excuse for violence. Cognitive processing therapy (variant of cbt) & psychotropic medications can be invaluable in addressing a red, hot amygdala. One can be trained to engage their frontal cortex in modulating their affect. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have a conversion disorder and was wondering, other than therapy, what's the best way to overcome this disorder and live a somewhat normal life.
Therapy: Psychotherapy is really your best bet usually in combination with psychopharmacological interventions that are targeted towards your specific symptoms. Finding and partnering with a good psychiatrist and psychologist will yield the greatest likelihood for successful treatment. It's a tough road ... But will benefit you in the long run. Stick with it & best of luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer