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Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
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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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How can I overcome my fear of flying?

How can I overcome my fear of flying?

Several ways: One way is to see a therapist for cognitive-behavioral therapy, and as you feel ready, have gradual exposure to your fear. In some people, hypnosis can be effective. There are also courses put out by airlines -- and by private parties such as: http://www.Fearlessflight.Com/ of course, your physician may also prescribe you a low dose benzodiazepine such as Ativan or xanax (alprazolam) to use pre-flight. ...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 can I cure my fear of heights?

How can I cure my fear of heights?

For fear of heights: 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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How do I get over my agrophobia and fear of heights?

For agoraphobia &: fear of heights, 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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How can I overcome my fear of endoscopy?

How can I overcome my fear of endoscopy?

Talk to your doctor: Many people fear that endoscopy-- specifically colonoscopy-- will hurt or that something bad will happen during it. Sedation is available and widely used. While there are risks to the procedure (infection, bleeding, perforation, missed diagnoses, and incomplete procedure) they are rare and manageable compared to undiagnosed colon cancer. You should discuss your concerns with your doctor. ...Read more

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How can I overcome my driving phobia?

How can I overcome my driving phobia?

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 can I overcome my intense fear of needles?

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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How can I overcome fear in my relationships?

How can I overcome fear in my relationships?

Talk therapy: It would be important to first understand the nature of your fear in relationships, so that this can be effectively addressed. Lots can go into this. A trained psychotherapist, or psychiatrist who does psychotherapy, can help you explore and deal with it. Most people desire healthy relationships, so you are surely not alone in wanting to improve yours. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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How can I overcome my fear of flying? My fear is I will have a panic attack on the plane bc im afraid of heights and I wont be able to get off.

How can I overcome my fear of flying? My fear is I will have a panic attack on the plane bc im afraid of heights and I wont be able to get off.

For phobias: 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 sometimes indicated as well. ...Read more

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What can I take to overcome phobia of flying?

What can I take to overcome phobia of flying?

Progressive : Desensitization, a form of cognitive behavioral therapy is very effective and brief form of treatment for phobias. Find a therapist who specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy. ...Read more

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How can I deal with the 'fear of flight' phobia?

How can I deal with the 'fear of flight' phobia?

Aviophobia: There are three basic treatments for fear of flying severe enough to be classified as an anxiety disorder, systematic densensitization, cognitive therapy and medications. There is a nice overview at http://www.Guidetopsychology.Com/fearfly.Htm. The severity of your phobia will determine which intervention(s)-ur family physician should be able to provide a referral to a the appropriate specialist. ...Read more

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How to deal with my fear of needles, how can I get over the phobia?

How to deal with my fear of needles, how can I get over the phobia?

There are a few: Techniques that can work fairly quickly. Cognitive behavioral therapy using progressive desensitization (learning to relax ; then imagining the phobic event from least to most anxiety provoking image while relaxed. I usually do this using hypnosis as a relaxation technique, but you can use other relaxation methods. Find a therapist ; you will be able to get relief fairly quickly. ...Read more

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How can I conquor my fear of hills?

Consider CBT: Cognitive behavioral therapy is an excellent way to address irrationally fears or over-reactivity to fears. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can I overcome a fear of needles?

Needle phobia: Try to expose your self to needles gradually, have a friend accompany to your next doctor's appointment when you have blood work. Ask your doctor to help with your anxiety as well. This is a learned fear that can be reduced significantly with gradual exposure. Best. ...Read more

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How can I overcome the fear of teasing and humiliation?

Humiliation: Realize that those who tease and humiliate are extremely insecure and usually struggle with a deep sense of inadequacy. Try to understand the root of their disturbance and realize it is not about you but about those who chose cruelty to mask their inadequacy. Best. ...Read more

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How can I get over fear of flying?

How can I get over fear of flying?

Aviophobia: There are three basic treatments for fear of flying severe enough to be classified as an anxiety disorder, systematic densensitization, cognitive therapy and medications. There is a nice overview at http://www.Guidetopsychology.Com/fearfly.Htm. The severity of your phobia will determine which intervention(s)-ur family physician should be able to provide a referral to a the appropriate specialist. ...Read more

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How can I overcome a fear my biggest fear?

If it's an: irrational fear that interferes with everyday living than consider: Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Behavioral Therapy, psychotherapy, or hypnosis to deal with it. ...Read more

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How can I get over a fear of heights?

How can I get over a fear of heights?

For fear of heights: 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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