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What jobs do people with social phobia do? Are thye developers?

What jobs do people with social phobia do? Are thye developers?

All kinds of jobs: People with social phobias do all types of jobs. Sometimes their work is difficult for them because of the phobia and other times they overcome the fear. I am sure that there are developers who suffer from social phobia. ...Read more

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Dr. Lori Semel
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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 are social phobia and avoidant personality disorder different?

How are social phobia and avoidant personality disorder different?

There is similarity: Research has found few differences between the kinds of symptoms that people with sad and apd have. Because of the similarities between sad and apd, people are often diagnosed as having both disorders. Like sad, the central fear of people with apd is rejection, ridicule and humiliation by others. However, people with apd tend to have a broader range of symptoms, and the symptoms tend to be more se. ...Read more

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How do people deal with acrophobia?

How do people deal with acrophobia?

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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How can people with borderline personality disorder express a fear of abandonment?

How can people with borderline personality disorder express a fear of abandonment?

Not so differently: Fears of or strategies to deal with abandonment are part of how this personality forms. No one likes the thought of abandonment - it's not nice - but fearing it in advance IS a symptom. High functioning borderlines may express it well - even artistically and down from there into hysterical outbursts or tantrums. It is hard w/o good therapy to form healthy self-sufficiency but you can. Try it. ...Read more

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I'm afraid of people and social situations?

I'm afraid of people and social situations?

Try to reach beyond: Your comfort zone. Set some simple goals, i.e., to smile and say something at a social gathering to one new person. Practice before hand some possible things to say. Join a social group that does some activity you like, ie, hiking or volleyball. Meet with a therapist to develop some goals and practice. Good luck ; let us know how it goes. ...Read more

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Can people with ADHD overcome their social problems?

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Can people with ADHD overcome their social problems?

Adhd: As mentioned in previous response, supportive counseling and social skills training. ...Read more

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Can bipolar people sometimes have obsessive compulsive thoughts?

Can bipolar people sometimes have obsessive compulsive thoughts?

But not a part of BD: There really is nothing to keep a person from having elements of all sorts of things. You can have diabetes and arthritis, right? Some oc thinking may be below diagnostic level, or it may meet the criteria. Mood swings can be below bipolar, too. The important thing is to find the best techniques to live a good life. A good therapist can help you understand yourself (more important than labels!). ...Read more

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Do people with cyclothymic disorder experience delusions?

Do people with cyclothymic disorder experience delusions?

No: At least not as a part of the cyclothymic disorder. In cyclothymic disorder both the highs and lows are too mild to result in psychotic symptoms including delusions. ...Read more

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Can judging people and hateful thoughts about people come with depression?

Can judging people and hateful thoughts about people come with depression?

Possibly: Some people dwell on hateful thoughts or judge others without any type of depression. However, with depression, one can become more negative, pessimistic, angry or irritable. If that is the case, get help. ...Read more

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What can people with social anxiety act like?

What can people with social anxiety act like?

Avoidance : Typically, people with social anxiety engage in either overt or subtle avoidance behaviors. Either completely avoiding social situations where scrutiny is possible or enduring these situations where avoidance is not possible with severe anxiety symptoms such as shaking, short responses, avoiding prolonged conversations, avoiding eye contact, "early exits" from situation, sweating, trembling, etc. ...Read more

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Can people with ADHD or autism ever overcome their social problems?

Can people with ADHD or autism ever overcome their social problems?

Yes: There is a big distinction between the social problems of an adhd person & someone with autism. Adhd pts usually gain social skills later, but completely, compared to normals if treated with stimulant medication. Autism patients rarely attain "normal" social abilities. Both groups benefit from social skills training & counseling. Self confidence is most important in this area. ...Read more

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Do people who suffer clinical depression die younger, generally?

Do people who suffer clinical depression die younger, generally?

Depends: Approx. 50% of those people who suffer clinical depression if left untreated will have additional episodes. These result from a "learned helplessness"__ repeated life experiences leading one to negative beliefs that one can do little to improve his or her state of suffering in life. This in turn can lead to earlier mortality from physical illnesses. Proper treatment can definitely prolong life. ...Read more

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Why do people with borderline personality disorder hate seeing therapists.

Why do people with borderline personality disorder hate seeing therapists.

Seeing a Therapist: Not necessarily someone w/BPD, but anyone who has difficulty trusting or is somewhat paranoid can have difficulty seeing a therapist. He/she may find it hard to relate to the therapist and it is in the relationship that progress is made. It can be done, however. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Are people with paranoid personality disorder usually dangerous?

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Are people with paranoid personality disorder usually dangerous?

Paranoid: If suspicious of motives of others and become delusional about harm coming from others, can act out to protect self, not common. ...Read more

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Difference between avoidant personality and social anxiety disorder and social phobia ?

Difference between avoidant personality and social anxiety disorder and social phobia ?

Different condiions: One is a personality problem and need long term therapy. The other two are anxiety conditions and are easily treatable with medication/counselling. ...Read more

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How do people usually define obsessive compulsive disorder?

How do people usually define obsessive compulsive disorder?

An Anxiety Disorder: Obsessive compulsive disorder is considered an anxiety disorder in which a person experiences obsessions which are unwanted and repeated intrusive thoughts and then performs compulsions which are behaviors designed to release the anxiety driven by the obsessive thoughts. Most are aware that their thoughts are irrational, but cannot get them out if their mind. This can lead to impairment in life. ...Read more

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Do people with Asperger disorder enjoy science?

Yes they might: In my experience in treating people with asperger's disorder, they seem to science in a proportion similar to or perhaps slightly higher than the general population. But they may also dislike it, just like a person in the general population. ...Read more

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Do people with asperger's disorder usually suffer from motor-coordination skills problems?

Do people with asperger's disorder usually suffer from motor-coordination skills problems?

Asperger's: Yes. Gross motor difficulties are common but not in all cases. Clay marzon, #1 surfer in the world is aspie. So it depends. Here is an overview. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg1ngp1ngds. ...Read more

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Do people with paranoid schizophrenia also suffer from disorganized thinking?

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Do people with paranoid schizophrenia also suffer from disorganized thinking?

Paranoid Schizoph.: Paranoid type of schizophrenia have delusions/hallucinations but no disorganized behaviors or affective flattening. ...Read more

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Is there a term for people who develop phobias every time something bad happens?

Generalized Anxiety: When a person has fears or phobias that apply to many situations they are often diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder, which is exactly what it sounds like... Fear of many things in many situations. Psychological treatment is helpful, often in conjunction with medications. ...Read more