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Should I see a shrink about my arachnophobia?

Should I see a shrink about my arachnophobia?

Arachnophobia: Fear of spiders is very common. Most people with mild phobias do not need to see a psychiatrist or therapist. However if your fear of spiders is interfering with your life then you could consider counseling. ...Read more

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How do you cure arachnophobia?

How do you cure arachnophobia?

Many therapies exist: Arachnophobia is an extreme fear of spiders. It is considered a phobia if the provoked anxiety is overwhelming and functionally debilitating. Phobias that are mild can be overcome with relaxation and self-help techniques, but more intractable cases require professional help. Behavioral therapy, such as exposure therapy, and medications can be prescribed to overcome these very real difficulties. ...Read more

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What symptoms would mean I have arachnophobia?

What symptoms would mean I have arachnophobia?

Fear of spiders: Very few people are fond of spiders, but if you are so afraid of them that it seems silly even to you, then you can self-diagnose arachnophobia. Phobias are easy for a skilled mental health expert to treat, but don't try to understand them; i know one physician who self-cured fear of heights by learning to skydive. Good luck. ...Read more

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Are there medications out there for arachnophobia?

Are there medications out there for arachnophobia?

Maybe: This condition appears to be a type of ocd. Though there are drugs that may be helpful, psychotherapy is still the mainstay in ocd. Ask your family physician to recommend a psychologist and try this before any drugs. ...Read more

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Is there a test to show if you have arachnophobia?

Is there a test to show if you have arachnophobia?

No.: A phobia is a fear which is disproportionate or "irrational" to the feared object. Can't find this in any body fluid. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: arachnophobia?

What is the definition or description of: arachnophobia?

Fear of Spiders: Arachnophobia or arachnephobia (from the greek: ??????, aráchn?, "spider" and ?????, phóbos, "fear") is a specific phobia, the fear of spiders and other arachnids such as scorpions.[1]. ...Read more

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Any self-help tips for arachnophobia?

Any self-help tips for arachnophobia?

Start with general: Anxiety management strategies and daily living habits for overall improved stress management and skill development including visual imagery. Then apply these strategies to graduated 'exposure' to the thoughts and viewings of spiders until you are more comfortable/less terrified. Try 'the relaxation and stress reduction workbook.' if not sufficient success, seek professional help. Best regards. ...Read more

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What are serious signs of arachnophobia? At what point should you consider seeing a doctor?

What are serious signs of arachnophobia? At what point should you consider seeing a doctor?

Interferes with life: Phobias are fears that are out of proportion to the object of fear. You should consider seeing a doc if this fear is interfering with your ability to perform normally. ...Read more

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Is there real arachnophobia?

Is there real arachnophobia?

Yes: Phobias are irrational fears, and some people have phobia of spiders. For them arachnophobia is real. ...Read more

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Do people get medication for severe arachnophobia?

Do people get medication for severe arachnophobia?

Yes: Anxiety and phobia can be treated with anti-anxiety meds. Cognitive therapy and deconditioning wotk too, there just aren't that many spiders out there to maintain the phobia. ...Read more

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I'm going to see if lithium is for me. My fam doc is not a shrink. Will he no how much ill need & i won't die from it in the 1st month like people say?

I'm going to see if lithium is for me. My fam doc is not a shrink. Will he no how much ill need & i won't die from it in the 1st month like people say?

Lithium: I see that you've been on Depakote also. If you have a complex problem like bipolar disorder, you're best served by a psychiatrist guiding your treatment. Once stabilized, some bipolar patients are followed by their primary care physicians. Lithium levels need to be monitored carefully, which i assume your family doctor realizes if s/he has agreed to work with you on this. ...Read more

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My biopsied nodule was deemed cancerous. The cancer m.D. Was perplexed that the nodule shrunk. I chose the wait and see choice. Was that wise?

My biopsied nodule was deemed cancerous. The cancer m.D. Was perplexed that the nodule shrunk. I chose the wait and see choice. Was that wise?

Need More Info: Where was the nodule? What is the presumed origin of the cancer? Did your cancer doctor give you the "wait-and-see" option? If things are not crystal-clear, return to your cancer doctor for clarification and/or seek out a formal second opinion. Good luck. ...Read more

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My nail beds seem to have shrunk. Could this be a sign of onycholysis? I am a pretty healthy person so I don't see why this would be the case.

My nail beds seem to have shrunk. Could this be a sign of onycholysis? I am a pretty healthy person so I don't see why this would be the case.

Onycholysis it isn't: Onycholysis isn't lifting of the nail plate. U need to see a podiatrist so they can test the nail and look into your family history ...Read more

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I have agoraphobia. My shrink said "deliberately get yourself into a situation that will cause a panic, ride it out & see you'll survive." Good tool?

I have agoraphobia. My shrink said "deliberately get yourself into a situation that will cause a panic, ride it out & see you'll survive." Good tool?

Possibly: "Exposure therapy" works well if you can be persuaded to do it repeatedly. Presumably you are taking medicine to prevent panic attacks. ...Read more

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Why do drs. say see shrink if cant sleep or have headaches. an night sweats. do all women in the 50,s need a shrink from bad menapause symptoms. ?

Why do drs. say see shrink if cant sleep or have headaches. an night sweats. do all women in the 50,s need a shrink from bad menapause symptoms. ?

No shrink/see below: Night sweats: there are many potential causes to sweating at night. The term night sweats generally refers to excessive sweating at night related to a hormone imbalance. There is no one answer to explain the origin of sweating at night. Some common causes are: infection, some cancers, several medications, low blood sugars and a host of other less common reasons. Were going to focus in on the hormone imbalance commonly seen in menopause, although by no means limited to menopause. We have seen a common night sweats picture in the men with prostate cancer with elevated estrogen levels. Swelling often starts around your neck. We generally start with saliva testing which allows us to identify what the hormone imbalance actually is and treat accordingly. When we don't start with saliva testing we very often get very good success with progesterone cream in the form of wild yam cream. There are many different preparations of wild yam cream on the market and often the preparation does not have enough progesterone cream to be effective. The above is the simple answer the better answer is to work with a healthcare professional who has experiencing natural hormone therapy. Will be happy to further discuss your issues with you in the concierge service. Go to: https://www.healthtap.com/dr-stevenfergusonmd ...Read more

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