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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. Thomas Fiala
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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 to overcome needle phobia?

How to overcome needle phobia?

Needle phobia: Ask a friend who you trust to help you gradually approach a needle. Look at the needle with your friend, handle the needle then put it down and participate in a pleasureable activity. Each day increase your exposure to the needle and eventually you may feel less ill at ease. The technique involves gradual safe exposure with the support of a friend. Don't be afraid to tell your doctor of your fear. ...Read more

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How can I overcome my phobia of blood tests and finally figure out what's wrong with me?

How can I overcome my phobia of blood tests and finally figure out what's wrong with me?

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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What exercises can I practice to ease and eventually overcome my phobia of injections and blood withdrawals?

What exercises can I practice to ease and eventually overcome my phobia of injections and blood withdrawals?

Desensitization is a: common approach to specific phobias. Treatment by a psychologist involves using imagery to approach the experience of what you fear, without actually physically engaging it. Work your way closer and closer in your mind while you also learn to maintain a calm demeanor. There are lots of techniques that aid the process, but you need a skilled guide and some time and patience. ...Read more

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My child recently ignoring his school or may be he is suffering from school phobia how to overcome this please help ?

My child recently ignoring his school or may be he is suffering from school phobia how to overcome this please help ?

Could be: School avoidance or school phobia is not uncommon. Taking to the child can give some clues as to what ma be causing ot or sometimes a professional counselor or psychologist can help figure it out. Unless there is some harm happening at the school what is important is to get the child gonig back to school as soon as possible as it tends to get worse the longer it goes on. So get help if stuck. ...Read more

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My doctors are incredibly insenstive to my needle phobia. im terrified of them because there so severely painful. how could i overcome this?

My doctors are incredibly insenstive to my needle phobia. im terrified of them because there so severely painful. how could i overcome this?

Trypanophobia: is a fear of needles. Cognitive behavioral therapy and systematic desensitization have been shown to be effective. Ask your pcp for a referral to a mental health professional who works with phobias. If necessary, anti-anxiety meds may help you get through an urgent procedure. Your pcp can help with this. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Advice on how to overcome social phobia w/o meds? Minor CP causes tensing/stiffness when feel i'm being 'watched.' can't get comfy with it. What to do?

See dr./therapist: A psychiatrist and or therapist can help you. Let them know you would like to try and treat your issues without medications. Certain therapy such as behavioral modification, relaxation techniques, yoga, etc. To name a few, can help greatly. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What are doctor-recommended strategies for overcoming a severe phobia?

What are doctor-recommended strategies for overcoming a severe phobia?

Graded Exposure: Most effective therapy = systematic desensitization. Involves facing/exposing yourself to the feared object/situation but gradually, in progressive steps (e.g., from looking at photo of spider, to holding toy spider, right up to holding live one). At each step, u experience fear but "stay w/ it" until ur level of fear drops/you feel relaxed. See: http://bit.Ly/xwlhyf anxiety/cbt expert can help! ...Read more

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Is there a way to really overcome phobias?

Is there a way to really overcome phobias?

Yes: Professional help for phobias is usually behavioral or cognitive-behavioral. For example, "systematic desensitization" is gradual exposure to the feared object or situation, with the help of a therapist, to learn to be calm in its presence. The basic idea is to disconnect the phobic stimulus from the fear/panic response. There are self-help books using similar approaches that may help too. ...Read more

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Any ways to overcome my phobia of spiders?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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Phobia: Desensitization with graduated exposure through imagery, done by a behavior therapist experienced in working with anxiety/phobias. Consult psychiatry for referral. ...Read more

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