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How do I overcome my phobia of swallowing tablets?

How do I overcome my phobia of swallowing tablets?

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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Dr. Gary Pess
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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 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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Hi, What can I do to overcome my fear of swallowing medicines...I really donno how I developed this fear. What to do..

Hi, What can I do to overcome my fear of swallowing medicines...I really donno how I developed this fear. What to do..

Symptoms? Crush?: I answer this not only as a physician but as a patient as well. Do you have any symptoms when you do swallow medications? Any signs of choking or something in your chest/uneasy feeling? If not, then crushing them is an option but that does minimize the effectiveness of the medicine. The other, if indicated, is to mix it with food to help minimize the anxiety associated with swallowing meds. ...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 get over my fear of swallowing pills?

How can I get over my fear of swallowing pills?

Think about it: As food. Pills are really no different than swallowing food. You could try putting the pill in something soft like peanut butter. Or take big gulp of water to help pass it without feeling it. If you really can't get past it, then you could try hypnosis therapy. ...Read more

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What can I do about my phobia of needles/injections?

What can I do about my phobia of needles/injections?

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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What can I do to overcome my fear of dental work?

Introduction: Try making an appointment with the dentist for an interview only with a mild examination for the first visit and no treatment. You will get acquainted with the dentist and the office and this should make a subsequent appointment less uncomfortable. ...Read more

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What i can do to get rid of my social phobia?

What i can do to get rid of my social phobia?

Zoloft (sertraline) or SSRI: or other selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are generally psychiatrists' first choice prescription drugs for Social Anxiety Disorder. ...Read more

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How do I overcome my fear of email? My stomach sink, my heart pound, and i lose sleep just thinking of it. Is this a social phobia or am i nut?

How do I overcome my fear of email? My stomach sink, my heart pound, and i lose sleep just thinking of it. Is this a social phobia or am i nut?

Emails: Emails can be pretty scary at times, and hard to keep up with. For instance, just imagine all the email they get at healthtap. You might not see my reply since it will arrive in your email box -- but i suggest consulting a psychologist if your fear is limiting your work or life in any way. Best wishes. ...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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What can I do about my phobia of bugs?

What can I do about my phobia of bugs?

Simple Phobia: This is considered simple phobia and the best treatment for that, is behavioral approach r widely used in various anxiety d/o. Desensitization , by exposing the patient graded doses of phobic situation, phobic object or situation is an effective technique to reduce anxiety provoking situation. Find u self a good therapist. ...Read more

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What can I do if my fear of germs is making people hate me how do I stop?

What can I do if my fear of germs is making people hate me how do I stop?

Be quiet; get Rx: If you have an obsessive fear of germs, try to keep it to yourself. If you feel you must keep cleaning constantly, you'll annoy people. If make people do things that aren't really helpful out of concern for keeping yourself germ-free, you'll end up friendless. Most "fear of germs" is irrational and unscientific. If you can't give it up, your physician can offer rx or a referral for brief therapy. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of my anxiety without taking medication?

How do I get rid of my anxiety without taking medication?

Therapy.: Therapy, counselling, meditation have all been found helpful; combine that with regular exercise and healthy eating. Please discuss your options with your doctor; together the two of you can design a treatment plan that's right for you. ...Read more

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I have a fear of needles being near me. How do I overcome this?

I have a fear of needles being near me. How do I overcome this?

ATT & Exposure Tx: 3-5% of population estimated 2 have a needle phobia-"trypanophobia." it's poorly understood & prevents many from seeking medical/dental care. It's unlike other phobias: they generally cause heart rate & BP 2 rise + feelings of panic. But trypanophobia causes heart rate & BP 2 fall + fainting. Learn applied tension technique: http://bit.Ly/11imvmd a clinical psychologist doing exposure tx can help. ...Read more

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How can I cure my ocd/mysophobia, whatever type of anxiety disorder i have?

How can I cure my ocd/mysophobia, whatever type of anxiety disorder i have?

Most avoid that word: It is most often described as successful treatment - not cure. And yes, those disorders can be successfully treated. Your expectations need to be aimed at realistic targets so that you'll be able to evaluate the benefits of your treatment. Talk with a psychotherapist to DX & plan a treatment approach that will be right for you. It may include drugs or not. Work together to be successful. ...Read more

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Have a huge fear of vomitting. How do I overcome this?

Have a huge fear of vomitting. How do I overcome this?

It there is no : Underlying medical reason for this fear consider seeing a psychologist who is well versed in cognitive behavioral therapy. Emetophobia is a treatable condition. ...Read more

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How can I get over my fear of swallowing pills at 20?

How can I get over my fear of swallowing pills at 20?

Think about it: As food. Pills are really no different than swallowing food. You could try putting the pill in something soft like peanut butter. Or take big gulp of water to help pass it without feeling it. If you really can't get past it, then you could try hypnosis therapy. ...Read more

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I'm scared to sleep in my home. How do I get rid of this irrational fear?

I'm scared to sleep in my home. How do I get rid of this irrational fear?

CBT for some works: In contrast to other forms of psychotherapy, cognitive therapy is usually more focused on the present, more time-limited, and more problem-solving oriented. In addition, patients learn specific skills that they can use for the rest of their lives. These skills involve identifying distorted thinking, modifying beliefs, relating to others in different ways, and changing behaviors. ...Read more

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