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Irrational fear of sirens since tornadoes last year. What can we do?

Irrational fear of sirens since tornadoes last year. What can we do?

See below: It is not uncommon to have such reaction after a traumatic event; therapy can be very helpful; I have also found eft to be helpful in situations like this; it is a self help technique that is quite easy to learn and works on neutralizing the negative emotional connotation of a given past experience... Google it and let me know how it works for u... Or if u need further assistance. Wishing u well. ...Read more

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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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Obsessive fear of death in a supposedly healthy 26 year old. Can it ever get better? How to stop fear of death?

Obsessive fear of death in a supposedly healthy 26 year old. Can it ever get better? How to stop fear of death?

Counseling and exam : Perhaps a good physical exam with some blood work might provide reassurance that you are indeed healthy. Counselling might help you find the source of your worries about death and dying. Perhaps a recent death of someone close or someone who died around your age might have triggered this fear. There is always help that can make things better. Do not get discouraged! ...Read more

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Currently unable to see therapist, naive family is useless, school year is over. What can I do about my almost unbearable fear of death?

Currently unable to see therapist, naive  family is useless, school year is over. What can I do about my almost unbearable fear of death?

School officials: I know school is just about out for the summer. However, have you considered going to someone there at school and talk to either the nurse or one of the counselors. No reason to wait to get some answers. ...Read more

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Med student here,Learning about all the aweful ways we can die has given me terrible health anxiety.Will it pass or did i choose the wrong career?

Med student here,Learning about all the aweful ways we can die has given me terrible health anxiety.Will it pass or did i choose the wrong career?

Probably will pass: Many medical students go through this sort of thing. When I was in med school I was convinced at various times that I had malignant melanoma, other cancers, celiac disease, and bacterial endocarditis, among others. These days, HIV probably tops the list. Usually these feelings fade with time. But if it continues, get counseling. Your med school probably has confidential services. Good luck! ...Read more

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How do I get over the fear of touching myself down there? Victim of childhood rape. 17 year old girl. Please help.

How do I get over the fear of touching myself down there? Victim of childhood rape. 17 year old girl. Please help.

Finding yourself: I hope you are working through this with a counselor or therapist. Your genital/brain link did not know you were being molested.Contact with your genitals may have given you some pleasant feelings during events. It would be normal for such pleasure to bring back bad memories, but with help you can retrain your brain. Deciding that you now control how and when you share these feelings will help. ...Read more

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What can I do for my bizarre fear of the ocean?

What can I do for my bizarre fear of the ocean?

Find a program: You may be able to locate an adult program to make you comfortable in the ocean. This may not involve any medical doctor. Good luck. ...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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I'm starting to get OCD thoughts again for the first time in months. Last time they caused extreme fear and anxiety. How do I prevent that this time?

I'm starting to get OCD thoughts again for the first time in months. Last time they caused extreme fear and anxiety. How do I prevent that this time?

It's Back &That's OK: Living w/ OCD is like being in a leaky boat: just as u plug one leak (get some relief from an intrusive thought) the boat springs another! With OCD, expect leaks will spring up! Practice identifying obsessive thoughts & compulsive behaviors. And certainly talk back to OCD, saying, "It's OK U R back but I am not going 2 let U boss me around!" ...Read more

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I have an extreme fear of brain anyeurysms. What can i do to get over my fear?

I have an extreme fear of brain anyeurysms. What can i do to get over my fear?

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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I started having nightmares in my early pregnancy. I dream of alien baby, wild animals which i need to defend for my life. How could i reduce those?

I started having nightmares in my early pregnancy. I dream of alien baby, wild animals which i need to defend for my life.  How could i reduce those?

You're normal.REALLY: First thing, know that what you are experiencing is common, even normal. Animal themes in dreams are often tied to the increased awareness that we too are part of the animal kingdom. Your mama-bear instincts may also be preparing your to battle for your baby (if needed). Journal your dreams in detail and look for recurrent themes. Also, try additional ways to be mindful, at peace, before bed. ...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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Possible to have depression without suicidal thoughts? I self injured for years, never wanted suicide. What can I do? Lethargic and sad all the time.

Possible to have depression without suicidal thoughts? I self injured for years, never wanted suicide. What can I do? Lethargic and sad all the time.

Cutting is risky: I'm so sorry to hear about your depression. It is a very difficult problem but there is treatment to help you. Counseling and medications work hand-in-hand to improve your symptoms. Cutting is a risk factor for suicide. Please get help. If hopeless or considering suicide, please call 1-800-suicide 24/7 where a counselor is on the line to help talk you through it. ...Read more

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I'm terrified of every disease I can't stop just wanting to lock myself in my room and not leaving because of fear on getting virus's, OCD?

I'm terrified of every disease I can't stop just wanting to lock myself in my room and not leaving because of fear on getting virus's, OCD?

Possible OCD: The advent of media over exposure makes everything seem a risk. General hand washing goes a long way to preventing illness. If you have a normal immune system you are at less risk of illness and are able to fight off infections when you do become ill.If you find that you cannot go about your daily routine without fear of infection you should talk to your family MD for evaluation and guidance. ...Read more

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34 M echo-stress Jan 2015 perfect. Why do I feel no interest in life and think always of impending death? Am I sick or going mad? Leads to anxiety.

34 M echo-stress Jan 2015 perfect. Why do I feel no interest in life and think  always of impending death? Am I sick or going mad? Leads to anxiety.

Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as depression or anxiety 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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Extreme anxiety and panics after miscarriage that occurred almost two years ago. Now I'm scared of everything that can potentially cause death --i.e. EVERYTHING. I'm obsessed with Google and I'm convinced I have every illness I read about. I have the same

Extreme anxiety and panics after miscarriage that occurred almost two years ago. Now I'm scared of everything that can potentially cause death --i.e. EVERYTHING. I'm obsessed with Google and I'm convinced I have every illness I read about. I have the same

Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as depression 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

Tornadoes (Definition)

Tornadoes are a form of natural disaster that consists of a pillar of rotating air that can destroy objects and harm ...Read more