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What's your greatest irrational fear?

What's your greatest irrational fear?

Individualized: Our fears are individualized for every person. If it's not fear, it might be something that brings a sense of discomfort. There could be mass fears, e.g. "the end of the world', sars, giant asteroids that are fueled by the media reports, but generally everyone has their fear. ...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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Intrusive thoughts and irrational fears, what to do?

Intrusive thoughts and irrational fears, what to do?

Consider: psychological / psychiatric evaluation to better understand your fears and to develop a treatment approach. Take care. ...Read more

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Help! i'm having extremely paranoid/irrational fears?

Help! i'm having extremely paranoid/irrational fears?

Be seen ASAP!: If having extremely paranoid fears, it can be very frightening. Please see a psychiatrist asap -- even in the er since it's saturday. The er staff will evaluate your first, and make sure you get the help you need. ...Read more

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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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How to overcome acrophobia (fear of height)?

How to overcome acrophobia (fear of height)?

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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Will Lexapro (escitalopram) fix negative intrusive irrational thoughts?

Will Lexapro (escitalopram) fix negative intrusive irrational thoughts?

Might: Hard to believe a pill changes a thought but if Lexapro (escitalopram) controls your depression it will--be patient takes a few weeks to recover completely. ...Read more

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I am experiencing fatigue, nervousness, hopelessness, irrational fear or phobia, restless (tossing and turning) sleep, paranoid behavior, emotiona...

I am experiencing  fatigue, nervousness, hopelessness, irrational fear or phobia, restless (tossing and turning) sleep, paranoid behavior, emotiona...

Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as symptoms you describe is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more

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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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Agoraphobia = fear of crowds or fear of open spaces?

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Agoraphobia: Both. The greek translation is fear of the marketplace. ...Read more

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Depression, social anxiety, avoidant personality disorder, loneliness, no friends, what to do?

Depression, social anxiety, avoidant personality disorder, loneliness, no friends, what to do?

That is a lot going : On ; it doesn't sound like fun. Take on a little "can do" attitude. Encourage you to enlist the care of a good psychiatrist as well as a therapist/ psychologist. Alk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine ; alcohol (or moderate). ...Read more

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Is it possible to overcome irrational fears?

Is it possible to overcome irrational fears?

CBT: Cognitive behavioral therapy with a behavioral health provider can be a good approach to addressing fears that impact your quality of life & which are not rational. ...Read more

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Does sleep deprivation cause irrational fears?

Does sleep deprivation cause irrational fears?

It may: Sleep is required to function normally as a human. Sleep deprivation can cause many side effects including, but definitively not limited to (the list is long), Anxiety, depression, mania, confusion, psychosis, etc. etc. ...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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Irrational fears are like phobias, right? How do you handle them?

Cbt and desensitazat: Although the two are similiar, irrational fears and phobias do differ. Irrarional fears are thoughts that may cause you to worry about a situation or perhaps contribute to you misperceiving a situation or an encounter. Unless you are delusional or psychotic, medication won't assist much with changing irration beliefs or thoughts. Cognitive behavioral therapy that teaches you to effectively. ...Read more

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Will Lexapro (escitalopram) help negative intrusive thoughts from OCD that are irrational?

Might help: Rx for ocd is a high dose of ssri & cbt-- in my experience other ssris & Anafranil (clomipramine) more effective. ...Read more

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How do u stop intrusive thoughts about suicidal idealization?

How do u stop intrusive thoughts about suicidal idealization?

Get professional : Help. If you have a plan that you might carry out or if your thoughts are scaring you - please go to your nearest er now. Have a friend or relative drive you. If you need to call 911 for transport - that is ok too. If it is not an imminent issue, please find a psychiatrist or psychologist in your area. This is treatable and you are worth it. Take care. ...Read more

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Frightening thoughts and feelings, help?

Frightening thoughts and feelings, help?

Anxiety : I recommend seeing a psychologist/psychiatrist for a proper diagnostic evaluation. Frightening thoughts and feelings are symptoms of several anxiety disorders. All of which can be treated with therapy and/or medication if warranted. ...Read more

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How to overcome my fear of confronting people?

How about starting: With a self help book on assertiveness training. Therapy can also be very helpful. ...Read more

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