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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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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


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Agoraphobia = fear of crowds or fear of open spaces?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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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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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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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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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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How can I overcome acrophobia - the fear of heights?

How can I overcome acrophobia - the fear of heights?

Behavior Therapy: 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 your anxiety. For example, if you're afraid of heights, therapy may start with imagining it, to looking at pictures, to climbing a ladder, to climbing a mountain. ...Read more

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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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Getting over fear of crowds for holiday?

Exposure to crowds: If you need brief treatment of a crowd phobia / near-phobia, you could consult a behavioral therapist to expose you to slowly increasing levels of crowd-related stimuli. They will give you coping skills and will personally support you as well. If you have no time at all, consult your physician about *temporary* anxiolytic pills. Then exposure therapy when you have time. ...Read more

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Irrational fear of needles and shots- can a kid overcome it?

Irrational fear of needles and shots- can a kid overcome it?

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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I need haphephobia help. Fear of touch.?

I need haphephobia help. Fear of touch.?

Consider Cognitive: Behavior therapy, hypnosis and desensitization treatments with a psychologist. It can be very effective and will only take a few sessions. You do not need to suffer with this phobia. Touch is an important element to feeling good and a natural antidepressant. You are denying yourself a basic human need. Good luck, feel free to ask more questions about these procedures. ...Read more

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Is my fear of germs really irrational?

Is my fear of germs really irrational?

Fear vs Phobia: A germ is a microorganism that may/may not transmit disease. A phobia is a persistent, irrational fear of a thing, activity or situation that instills a powerful desire to avoid it germ phobias tend to interfere significantly w/ daily functioning. Exposure is actually the best idea...Living w/germs as most people do. Exposure therapy wouldn't involve risks considered dangerous by most people! ...Read more

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How do I overcome the fear of getting an anxiety attack?

How do I overcome the fear of getting an anxiety attack?

Self-talk: Remind yourself when you are not panicky that you don't feel that way all the time. ...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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How to deal with fear of touch, haphephobia?

Txmt. touch phobia: Haphephobia, or the fear of touch, is a rare but often devastating phobia. Most people with haphephobia fear being touched by anyone, although some people are afraid only of being touched by those of the opposite gender. Haphephobia is sometimes triggered by sexual assault or another trauma, but more often, it seems to develop without any known cause. Haphephobia is typically treated in ways similar to other phobias. Cognitive therapy is often used to try to determine the root of this fear, especially when there is a real cause such as abuse or violence. Behavioral therapy is also typically used to help a person learn to control his or her behavior and to learn to connect stimuli with an appropriate response. ...Read more

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Any ways to overcome my phobia of spiders?

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Any ways to overcome my phobia of spiders?

Phobia: Desensitization with graduated exposure through imagery, done by a behavior therapist experienced in working with anxiety/phobias. Consult psychiatry for referral. ...Read more

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How to overcome my fear of confronting people?

How about starting: With a self help book on assertiveness training. Therapy can also be very helpful. ...Read more

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I'm afraid of people and social situations?

I'm afraid of people and social situations?

Try to reach beyond: Your comfort zone. Set some simple goals, i.e., to smile and say something at a social gathering to one new person. Practice before hand some possible things to say. Join a social group that does some activity you like, ie, hiking or volleyball. Meet with a therapist to develop some goals and practice. Good luck ; let us know how it goes. ...Read more

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How to overcome fear of dying from chemotherapy?

How to overcome fear of dying from chemotherapy?

Support groups: Speak with women who have been through the process. Ask your doctor if there is another patient you could talk with, or if they know of any support groups. ...Read more

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Hypochondriac-deathly afraid of flu. heard so much paranoia and fear tactics used against getting the flu vaccine. what's the truth, is it safe?

Hypochondriac-deathly afraid of flu. heard so much paranoia and fear tactics used against getting the flu vaccine. what's the truth, is it safe?

It's what we have: Using your immune system to generate protective antibodies is one of the great advances in healthcare dating back to smallpox in the 1700's. At any point there are at least 6 strains of flu circling the globe. Air travel mixes & spreads them fast. They can put up to 4 strains in a vaccine before weakening protection per strain. It's not perfect but I get one every year (X40+). ...Read more

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