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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. Erik Borncamp
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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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I have anxiety while flying but it developed in the last years to be very severe as a phobia I used alprazolam but not satisfied I fear panic attack?

I have anxiety while flying but it developed in the last years to be very severe as a phobia I used alprazolam but not satisfied I fear panic attack?

Fear of having: A panic attack eventually becomes the issue, especially when we cannot easily get back to our comfort zone like in a plane. Consider behavioral approaches such as clinical hypnosis. See www. Asch. Net for licensed professionals who do this. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I was previously diagnosed with adhd generalized anxiety disorder and social phobia was prescribed medication but no longer see the doctor I need medi?

I was previously diagnosed with adhd generalized anxiety disorder and social phobia was prescribed medication but no longer see the doctor I need medi?

This is curable: I specialize in this type of problem and have 30 years of proven experience with the diagnosis. Tt can be cured and I guarantee my work. It involves a new type of therapy, non-talking. ...Read more

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Is there real phobias?

Hmmmmmm...: If you mean "are phobias really a medical diagnosis which people suffer from? ". .. Yes.
If you mean "are there things that people should really be afraid of? ". .. Again, the answer is yes. But those are not phobias. Those are appropriate and based on reality. ...Read more

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How can I fight my phobias?

Graded exposure: Integrating gradual exposure along with development of relaxation skills will be helpful. These are variable person to person and require careful consideration of your own experience and situation. Taking things too quickly can lead to more difficulty but you want to push yourself - it's supposed to feel hard. But your experience in time will tell you you've done it without bad consequence. ...Read more

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How common are real phobias?

Very: There are many possible phobias and they are all real. Common are fear of small spaces and spiders and snakes. All are real, but not usually disabling. ...Read more

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What are some common phobias?

What are some common phobias?

Phobias: Fear of: germs, confined spaces, elevators, heights, flting, spiders, embarrassment. ...Read more

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How do I cure my random phobia?

Phobia V Panic: A phobic response occurs when you are specifically exposed to a stimulus that causes you to experience anxiety. A a panic attack occurs out of the blue in a situation where you would not expect to be uncomfortable. If you feel that your phobia is random, perhaps you are referring to panic attacks? Treatment for both respond well to cbt and pharmacotherapy when needed. ...Read more

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What do you think of air phobias?

What do you think of air phobias?

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 do I know if I have a bug phobia?

Unreasonable fears: If you have unreasonable fears about bugs and avoid them more than is warranted or more than other people do, you may have a bug phobia. Persistent fear, avoidance, reaction out of proportion to true danger, irrational fears, interference with daily function--all of these factors are seen with phobias. ...Read more

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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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How do I remove my phobia of studies?

Resistance: Do you mean lack of motivation? Boredom? Having different priorities? Lack of confidence with academics? I don't think that there is a study phobia. Find out what issue underlies your resistance to studying. If you need to work with a therapist to figure this out - do so. It you want to work with a tutor - do so. But don't call it a phobia. ...Read more

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Could a phobia be considered a handicap?

Could a phobia be considered a handicap?

Yes: A handicap is something that prevents normal functioning in society. For some people a phobia if severe enough could be considered to be a handicap. This would best be determined by a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a phobia of scorpions?

If it's greater than: Since they are poisonous, a reasonable fear and desire not to expose yourself to them is wise. If your reaction is excessive and is there even to a photo or the word or something that does not pose any threat - it may be a phobia. But even then, if you have almost not chance of having to deal with them at any level - it might not be a problem worth treating. Okay? ...Read more

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How do I know if I have some sort of phobia?

Irrational fear?: Phobias are considered irrational or excessive fears that cause physical and psychological discomfort. If this describes your problem, cognitive-behavioral therapy (especially exposure therapy) can help. ...Read more

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Is there a medication you can take for phobias?

Is there a medication you can take for phobias?

Yes: Although there isn't a medication that cures phobias, medications can reduce the impact of phobias. ...Read more

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Can past life regression work to clear phobias?

Can past life regression work to clear phobias?

No: I am aware of no evidence that past life regression is effective in treating phobias. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: phobia?

What is the definition or description of: phobia?

Unnecessary fear: 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 fuel for the phobia. ...Read more

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What would be a good way to take care of a phobia?

CBT: Consider cognitive behavioral therapy. It can be very effective for the treatment of phobias. ...Read more

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How can I know if this is a phobia or am I allergic?

How can I know if this is a phobia or am I allergic?

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