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Dr. John Landi
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Avoidant Personality Disorder (Definition)

A psychological disorder in which a person experiences discomfort in social situations, ...Read more


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If an OCD sufferer fears certain chemical, how will erp (exposure and response prevention) be carried out?

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If an OCD sufferer fears certain chemical, how will erp (exposure and response prevention) be carried out?

2 Main Types: There are 2 main types of exposure therapy that good for this. In vivo therapy invovles creating a hierarchy and systematically exposing yourself to more anxiety producing thought s , situations and chemicals. Imaginal exposures are sometimes use when real life exposures would be impossible or too difficult. They both are efective if applied right. ...Read more

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What is exposure techniques for social anxiety?

What is exposure techniques for social anxiety?

Exposure therapy: For anxiety involves putting yourself in the feared situation, sticking with it rather than leaving, & changing your thoughts to "it's ok to be anxious. I can handle it." anxiety decreases when you accept, even welcome, the anxiety feelings & discover you can handle them. Finding opportunities to face your fear makes you stronger. It helps to do this with a confident therapist you trust. ...Read more

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How to stop living life in fear and fear from rejection?

How to stop living life in fear and fear from rejection?

Make a list of : what you are afraid of and why. Take it to a counselor/psychologist and discuss what can be done. If its extreme, you may go to a dr and get meds to treat it. Everyone fears something and is scared of rejection. But life is worth living and we must take chances or we never find out who values us and how we stand compared to others. So take a chance and find out whats bothering you. I promise you ...Read more

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How is reckless behavior linked to anxiety ?

How is reckless behavior linked to anxiety ?

Anxiety causes: The fight or flight reaction, which can be viewed as reckless if you run into traffic or become violent with someone twice your size! ...Read more

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Negative allergy skin testing. Are there any tests available that identify food sensitivities? Follow restricted diet but fear reintro. [airway hx]

Negative allergy skin testing. Are there any tests available that identify food sensitivities? Follow restricted diet but fear reintro. [airway hx]

Blood tests, etc...: Children can be tested by blood tests (any regular lab can do it) or by skin tests (usually done by an allergist). There are hundreds of items that can be tested for, to see if an allergy exists to such items. A parent needs to talk with the doctor to figure out which items should be tested for. The doctor may do food re-introductions with single-ingredient foods, to see if any reaction occurs. ...Read more

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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 effective is guided imagery in conjunction with depression counseling?

How effective is guided imagery in conjunction with depression counseling?

Helpful: Guided imagery/ visualization exercises can be helpful to envision new and perhaps more positive way to respond to triggering situations. ...Read more

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How is indoor tanning better/worse than current biological and other uv in office treatment ?

How is indoor tanning better/worse than current biological and other uv in office treatment ?

Indoor tanning: Indoor tanners are 74% more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never tanned indoors. One indoor tanning session a year while in high school or college boosted development of basal cell carcinoma(bcc) to 10%, more than 6 times a year had an 82% higher risk of bcc. Over 200 treatments of office uvb causes skin cancer development. Tanning beds and sun exposure increases skin cancer. ...Read more

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Ever since dealing w/crohns, i've become a bit socially w/drawn (dating & social outings) d/t unpredictable bathroom situation. Is this social phobia?

Ever since dealing w/crohns, i've become a bit socially w/drawn (dating & social outings) d/t unpredictable bathroom situation. Is this social phobia?

Not really: While embarrassment about diarrhea in a social situation can commonly cause someone with crohns to avoid social settings, it's a bit different than social phobia, where someone has a more pervasive sense of embarrassment about him or herself. I'd suggest contacting www.Ccfa.Org for support and coping mechanisms. I hope this answer helps. ...Read more

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Give 4 examples of daily living activities which aim to maintain independence?

Give 4 examples of daily living activities which aim to maintain independence?

Several 4's!: Choose: walking, including uphill. Climbing stairs, if able. Riding an indoor exercise bike, schwinn-airdyne, preferred. Swimming or aquaaerobics. Dancing. Using 3 lb hand weight to lift while watching tv or listening to news. None are hard core sporting activities, but they will help maintain independence! ...Read more

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How to overcome acrophobia (fear of height)?

How to overcome acrophobia (fear of height)?

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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12hrs of ruminating & dysfunctional 24hr post Crisis in marriage triggered by external stressors; work, environment, inlaws, chores. Have I snapped?

12hrs of ruminating & dysfunctional 24hr post Crisis in marriage triggered by external stressors; work, environment, inlaws, chores. Have I snapped?

We obsess: when we try to control situations that feel out of control. it does not help. The most constructive thing you can do is see a mental health pro like a clinical psychologist to learn ways to manage stress more effectively. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is there any preventive measures to avoid pollen allergy besides allergy shots?

Is there any preventive measures to avoid pollen allergy besides allergy shots?

Allergic rhinitis: Staying inside the house during pollen season seems like the best answer. But that's not practical. So , in addition to wearing a mask, do not forget to clean your outer clothes, accessories and shoes before getting back in your house to prevent pollen from being trapped inside the house. Taking a shower will help remove pollen adhering to your skin. Antihistamines plus nasal steroids will help. ...Read more

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All the allergy testsi took ( food, dust, pollen, nuts) was 100 % negative. I have fear of anaphylaxis. Irrational fear/phobia ? I have death anxiety.

All the allergy testsi took ( food, dust, pollen, nuts) was 100 % negative. I have fear of anaphylaxis. Irrational fear/phobia ? I have death anxiety.

Phobia is possible: Anxiety can cause a significant impact on your health and may need to be addressed by a health professional. For the record, allergy may exist even if skin tests are negative. Tests may be falsely negative for a variety of reasons. If there is a history of severe reactions to a food it still may be necessary to avoid the food even if a skin test is negative. ...Read more

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How is reckless behavior linked to depression and anxiety ?

How is reckless behavior linked to depression and anxiety ?

Distantly: Reckless behavior -- acting in a way which could cause harm -- may be a symptom of mania. The link to depression would occur in those with manic-depressive illness (bipolar disorder). There is no obvious link to anxiety except as a co-existing symptom. ...Read more

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25yo stay home, no friends. Anxious panic disorder. Feel way behind in life social skills life skills, hard to be alone. Had this as a child :( aspie?

25yo stay home, no friends. Anxious panic disorder. Feel way behind in life social skills life skills, hard to be alone. Had this as a child :( aspie?

Not necessarily: I am a neurologist and to my knowledge your description of things is not sufficient to diagnose Asperger syndrome though certainly some features may be present. Other things should also be looked at and ruled out. I would be happy to help direct you in this regard. Write me-www.healthtap.com/DR-Saghafi ...Read more

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From clinical stand point, is there an actual 'time limit' after brain death declaration to withdraw life support?

From clinical stand point, is there an actual 'time limit' after brain death declaration to withdraw life support?

Do it now: There is no such thing as "life support" once brain death has been diagnosed. Third-party payers won't pay unless the technology is specifically to make an organ available for transplantation. One group of ideologues kept a brain-dead nebraskan's heart beating for over 20 years; no nervous tissue was found on autopsy. God save me from people like this. Be brave, and good luck. ...Read more

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Would faking being happy trigger the chemical mechanisms for happiness?

Would faking being happy trigger the chemical mechanisms for happiness?

No: In fact, it is likely to have an anxiety provoking effect. If you feel the need to fake happiness, then you should see a psychologist and explore why happiness naturally eludes you. Happiness may be less important than meaning and purpose in life. Some say that happiness is getting and meaning and purpose is giving. Don't chase happiness but do look for satisfaction in life. ...Read more