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How to overcome acrophobia (fear of height)?

How to overcome acrophobia (fear of height)?

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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Agoraphobia: fear of crowds or fear of open spaces?

Agoraphobia: fear of crowds or fear of open spaces?

Fear of both: Agoraphobia was initially characterized as a fear of open spaces. Currently, it is an anxiety disorder where a sufferer is afraid of difficult, or embarrassing situations from which he cannot escape, or obtain enough assistance or reassurance to feel secure. It is often related to panic disorder where the sufferer may be so fearful of panic attacks to the point of becoming unable to leave home. ...Read more

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What is acrophobia?

What is acrophobia?

Phobia: "acrophobia" is an extreme or irrational fear of heights, which is not to be confused with agoraphobia, which is the fear of public places and is associated with panic disorder . . . Which is not to be confused with "angoraphobia, " which is a pretend fear of fluffy rabbits or sweaters! ...Read more

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Agoraphobia = fear of crowds or fear of open spaces?

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Agoraphobia = fear of crowds or fear of open spaces?

Agoraphobia: Both. The greek translation is fear of the marketplace. ...Read more

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What is social phobia?

What is social phobia?

Social phobia: Social phobia, also known as social anxiety disorder, is a type of anxiety disorder. In this disorder, people fear they are being judged negatively or scrutinized by others, or that they don't "add up" in the eyes of other people. They may avoid public places or crowds (even small ones) because of the anxiety. It may also manifest as physical symptoms, such as headaches, nausea, or feeling faint. ...Read more

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New fear of crowds, help!?

New fear of crowds, help!?

Found a Couple Names: Desensitization or exposure therapy focuses on changing your response to the object or situation that you fear, and may be helpful for specific phobias. Gradual, repeated exposure to the cause of your phobia may help you learn to conquer the anxiety. For example, if you're afraid of crowds, you would start by imagining crowds, then being in a store, then going to a busy mall, then joining a crowd. ...Read more

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Help! i'm having extremely paranoid/irrational fears?

Help! i'm having extremely paranoid/irrational fears?

Be seen ASAP!: If having extremely paranoid fears, it can be very frightening. Please see a psychiatrist asap -- even in the er since it's saturday. The er staff will evaluate your first, and make sure you get the help you need. ...Read more

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Depression, social anxiety, avoidant personality disorder, loneliness, no friends, what to do?

Depression, social anxiety, avoidant personality disorder, loneliness, no friends, what to do?

That is a lot going : On ; it doesn't sound like fun. Take on a little "can do" attitude. Encourage you to enlist the care of a good psychiatrist as well as a therapist/ psychologist. Alk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine ; alcohol (or moderate). ...Read more

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How are social phobia and avoidant personality disorder different?

How are social phobia and avoidant personality disorder different?

There is similarity: Research has found few differences between the kinds of symptoms that people with sad and apd have. Because of the similarities between sad and apd, people are often diagnosed as having both disorders. Like sad, the central fear of people with apd is rejection, ridicule and humiliation by others. However, people with apd tend to have a broader range of symptoms, and the symptoms tend to be more se. ...Read more

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Is acrophobia a fear of high ledges?

Acrophobia: It is a fear of heights, high ledges would qualify, often caused by an actual experience or a product of anxiety being mis-directed to heights but actually being caused by something else or overall sense of fear in the world. Best. ...Read more

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If acrophobia is fear of heights, what is vertigo?

If acrophobia is fear of heights, what is vertigo?

Spinning: A good way to think of it is that dizziness is when you feel as if you are spinning in a room. Vertigo is when you feel as if the room is spinning around you. ...Read more

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Intrusive thoughts and irrational fears, what to do?

Consider: psychological / psychiatric evaluation to better understand your fears and to develop a treatment approach. Take care. ...Read more

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Fear of crowds, claustrophobia at rock concert treatment ideas?

Hang back: Practically every rock concert has an area to chill out, away from the stage and the pushy concert-goers, but within earshot of the music. If you are not afraid of heights, try the last row of seats in the balcony, near an exit and usually pretty open. Avoid drinking or getting high, since a loss of control might precipitate anxiety. Chill out, enjoy the music and leave before/during the encore. ...Read more

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What is panic disorder with agoraphobia?

What is panic disorder with agoraphobia?

Panic & agoraphobia: Panic disorder with agoraphobia is a type of anxiety disorder. In it there are discrete episodes of intense fear peaking within 10 min and dissipating within 30 min. Also there is fear of situations which might be hard to escape or where help may not be available --also fear of crowds, bridges & being outside alone. Panic includes physical sx like shortness of breath, tachycardia, chest pain, etc. ...Read more

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What's your greatest irrational fear?

Individualized: Our fears are individualized for every person. If it's not fear, it might be something that brings a sense of discomfort. There could be mass fears, e.g. "the end of the world', sars, giant asteroids that are fueled by the media reports, but generally everyone has their fear. ...Read more

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Difference between avoidant personality and social anxiety disorder and social phobia ?

Different condiions: One is a personality problem and need long term therapy. The other two are anxiety conditions and are easily treatable with medication/counselling. ...Read more

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What are fears and phobias?

Near synonyms: Phobia is greek for fear. Many people have at least mild phobias, for example, fear of the dark or of snakes or heights. There is nothing wrong with being fearful--it can be a great survival tool; but, if one is so afraid of wasps that you never go outside or cannot cross a bridge, then fear causes impairment, which is when we begin to think of it as a disorder. ...Read more

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Fear of crowds, claustrophobia at a concert treatment ideas?

Fear of crowds, claustrophobia at a concert treatment ideas?

Agoraphobia: Agoraphobia is a fear of public spaces. Included but are not limited to, wide-open spaces, and uncontrollable social situations such as may be met in shopping malls, airports, and rock concerts. Exposure treatment, systematic desensitization, cognitive restructuring and relaxation techniques are often useful to stop or prevent the anxiety and panic associated with agoraphobia. ...Read more

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What sssri for social phobia and agoraphobia?

What sssri for social phobia  and agoraphobia?

Meds: Anxiety meds are anxiety meds. It doesn't really matter what type of anxiety we are talking about be at social or any other type. There is no one single medication that is best for anxiety. Finding the medication that's right for the patient is often a Time consuming matter of trial and error. This means finding the right medicationfor the right patient, taken in the right dosage. ...Read more