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Should I See A Shrink About My 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
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
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
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
Exterminator!!!: You could also try hypnotherapy...Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 was diagnosed as schizo affective , with depression , at that time, i was in an abusive marrige, now we are not together, i feel more alive, clear headed than i ever have, after 22 yrs of marrige. Can i trust this to last'? Do i need to see a shrink, wh
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My right tonsil has shrunk and hurts pretty bad. My right lymphnode and ear also hurt. It's been 4 days. Go see a doctor?
Yes: Actually you can see, one of us! All you have to do is make a virtual appointment. ...Read more
My wife woke up with 3 inch soli lump on right side of collar bone on 06/15. Dr prescribed antibiotic to see if it shrinks. Follow up apt for 06/23?
Need more info: If the lump is not appreciably better after 3-5 days she must return to her physician. ...Read more
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