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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

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


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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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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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Strange fear of death of loved ones. Normal?

Strange fear of death of loved ones. Normal?

Tough question.: It's completely normal to worry about the people you care about. The issue comes when these worries take on a life of their own. If you find yourself feeling obsessed about this, or if you find that your worries interfere with your daily activities, it's time to get some counseling. Talk with your doctor; they may offer a counseling referral. Don't be alone with this; it's fine to get some help. ...Read more

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I've had the feeling of unreality (depersonalisation)?

I've had the feeling of unreality (depersonalisation)?

Depersonalization: This has a wide range of severity. It can range from sporadic and fleeting experiences in youth -- which are quite common -- all the way to the severe and disabling pathological depersonalization disorder. It can accompany other conditions like generalized anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder. Emotional abuse in childhood may also predispose to both the nonclinical and pathological forms. ...Read more

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What could cause my intense fear of needles (shots)?

What could cause my intense fear of needles (shots)?

What's excessive?: Nobody likes shots. Phobias grow as avoidance of the feared event increases. Perhaps your fears have caused you to exaggerate the pain associated with shots. The fears can go away quickly. I treated a person with shot phobias who shortly after starting treatment was dx'd with diabetes. He had to start giving himself Insulin shots and lost his shot phobia in about one week. Quick cure! ...Read more

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Dp anxiety/panic fear of losing control of body?

Dp anxiety/panic fear of losing control of body?

What's the question?: I'd like to help, but i'm not sure what your question is. ...Read more

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How can I overcome my intense fear of needles?

Difficulty to do: Phobias and fears are often misunderstood by others. I have fear of needles and heights. It is not rational! it is real, can be immobilizing and emotionally painful. Desensitization may take a long time and needs to be by someone skilled and cautious. Maybe having the patient assist in the puncture may help. This can be done. May need professional help. Don't force the issue however. ...Read more

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Fear of being watched equal paranoia?

Fear of being watched equal paranoia?

Maybe,not necessaril: Could also be one of the many anxiety disorder... I would consult with a psychologist or psychiatrist about this... You have nothing to lose and a lot to gain! ...Read more

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Feeling lots of pain in eyes when thinking about needles?

Psychosomatic : We can sometimes feel a symptoms we are thinking about. Psychosomatic means: a physical illness or symptom or other condition caused or aggravated by a mental factor such as internal conflict or stress. ...Read more

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Dream of being in back seat of careening car = fear of losing control?

Dream of being in back seat of careening car = fear of losing control?

VRT for Phobias: Phobias and anxieties respond well to Virtual Reality Therapy(VRT). VRT is exposure therapy in a safe environment. The research suggests VRT is 90% effective. Seek out a therapist who uses VRT in your area. You can find providers through www.psious.com, www.limbix.com, or www.virtuallybetter.com. ...Read more

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Are feelings of doom natural with anxiety?

Are feelings of doom natural with anxiety?

Could be: Yes. Anxiety is comprised of thoughts of uncontrollability and unpredictability of future events. Anxiety as a process prepares us for future threat (in moderation). Related to anxiety is panic, which is the clinical manifestation of fear. Panic is coupled with thoughts and feelings of impending doom, and danger, so that one has to "be on the look out.". ...Read more

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Any ways to overcome my phobia of spiders?

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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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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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I feel anxiety and fear of persons?

I feel anxiety and fear of persons?

These types of : Symptoms can be treated. I would encourage a comprehensive evaluation by a psychiatrist or a clinical psychologist. ...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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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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Could ect erase the fear of getting cancer?

No.: ECT is used to treat severe (life-threatening) depression and some other life-threatening psychiatric conditions, especially in the elderly. It has some risks, however, and it is not likely to help a phobia about cancer. Psychological therapy can help reduce unwarranted fear. Sometimes medication can also help reduce anxieties. ...Read more

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