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Why phobias seem to last so long?

Why phobias seem to last so long?

If not treated: Phobias will usually persist lifelong unless they are addressed head on. Patients who avoid whatever they fear, will likely suffer the rest of their life. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is highly effective treatment for phobias, including gradual and progressive exposure to whatever patient fears. Please get your Phobia addressed asap. ...Read more

Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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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 long does a severe phobia of spiders last if it started when you were a child?

How long does a severe phobia of spiders last if it started when you were a child?

SPIDER PHOBIA: It depends.Sometimes you will mature early and know that not all the spiders are harmful. Only the black widow spider is dangerous. Sometimes you overgrow the phobia since childhood. ...Read more

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Phobia leads someone to believe that among our ancestors, those who feared animals, darkeness, and heights would likely live long enough to reproduce?

Phobia leads someone to believe that among our ancestors, those who feared animals, darkeness, and heights would likely live long enough to reproduce?

Irrational fear: A phobia is an irrational fear--we know what we fear is probably not dangerous. Behavioral psychologists view them as learned and treatment is to desensitize or unlearn them. An atavistic trait is something we inherit that can keep us from danger but is not necessary in today's world. This could be a fear of bugs, snakes, heights, etc. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How do phobias develope? I never really liked spiders but im not deathly afraid of them. But for the last few weeks I have nightmares about them, why?

How do phobias develope? I never really liked spiders but im not deathly afraid of them. But for the last few weeks I have nightmares about them, why?

Biologic Psychology: It is likely a combination of a self sustaining hypersensitivity to anxiety provoking stimuli coupled to a potential intrapsychic conflict. They can arise more frequently in the context of a neurotic worldview in the classic psychoanalytic perspective and this probably leads to the possibility of there being an intrinsically rewarding and compulsive quality to phobias that is poorly understood. ...Read more

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How do u get over a severe phobia of hospital's? Can't even go in without a panic attack everytime. Developed within the last 2 years? Help

How do u get over a severe phobia of hospital's? Can't even go in without a panic attack everytime. Developed within the last 2 years? Help

Established Strategy: Most psychotherapists - especially CBT - have well researched effective methods for dealing w/ phobias. As this is not a rare one, it would be easy to find one w/ a track record. Basically, it is safely increased supported exposure to break the grip the fear holds. With this help, most succeed. Best! ...Read more

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Extreme phobia of rabies. Have begun treatment with therapist but every day I have it gets worse. How long will it take to be handled. I go every 2w.

Extreme phobia of rabies. Have begun treatment with therapist but every day I have it gets worse.  How long will it take to be handled. I go every 2w.

Talk with therapist: Extreme phobias of any kind take both understanding and patience to work with. Depending on the type of treatment, the fear can get worse before it gets better. You say you've begun therapy, but i don't know how long -- or what methods are in place. Please ask your therapist his/her thoughts about prognosis and timing; could ^ to once/week too. Also in some instances medications can help. ...Read more

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Have extreme cold sore phobia. How long can hsv1 survive on dry surfaces outside the body? Seen crazy estimates ranging from 10 sec to 8 weeks! Truth?

Consider this:: Most people have had HSV1 since childhood but just never get fever blisters. Why don't you see if you can get tested to see if you already have it? Whether or not it ever causes a fever blister is hard to predict. As for survival on dry surfaces, is very unlikely. As for your phobia, there are a lot of other worse germs out there. Practice good hygiene..Much worrying is unhealthy.Treat phobia ...Read more

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Been on citalopram 5yrs but no longer helping me doc changed to 15mg mirtarazpine but phobia of vomiting am scared to take them?

Been on citalopram 5yrs but no longer helping me doc changed to 15mg mirtarazpine but phobia of vomiting am scared to take them?

Talk to your doctor: I wouldn't want to have that happen to me OR TO YOU....you seem like a nice person! HA! Hmmm...how to suggest getting over a phobia in less than 250 characters? Perhaps, your doctor could give you something to take 30-60 min. before that could prevent vomiting? Are you extremely sensitive to medication? What if you buried the pill inside a pile of steamed VEGETABLE MEDLEY.. just spoon it in AND ...Read more

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What would best be prescribed for long term social phobias and panic attacks and depression as treatment?

What would best be prescribed for long term social phobias and panic attacks and depression as treatment?

SSRIs/Psychiatrist: You should consult a psychiatrist for your panic attacks, depression and social phobia.You may be prescribed ssri like Paxil (paroxetine) after you have been evaluated with /without psychotherapy. ...Read more

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