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What to do if I have a phobia of coming home from school cause of an incidentplease someone help!?

What to do if I have a phobia of coming home from school cause of an incidentplease someone help!?

Where did the: incident happen? Was it at home? Are you a child? If you are a child and are feeling unsafe at home, talk to a school psychologist, nurse or counselor they will know what to do to help you. ...Read more

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Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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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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What can cause a severe phobia towards road trips after staying home a year?

What can cause a severe phobia towards road trips after staying home a year?

Anxiety cycle: Phobic avoidance leads to anticipatory anxiety which leads to anxiety attacks which lead to phobic avoidance. ...Read more

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Can phobia of anaphalxis and good allergies cause you to feel like your actually having the symptoms i go through this everyday :(?

Can phobia of anaphalxis and good allergies cause you to feel like your actually having the symptoms i go through this everyday :(?

Somewhat..: It shouldn't cause you to have symptoms of full blown severe anaphylaxis but anxiety can present with things like chest tightness, rapid breathing, difficulty breathing, hives, etc. I see you take xanax (alprazolam). This may abort symptoms but won't correct the underlying problem. I encourage you to look into cognitive behavioral therapy so that you can get to the root of this. Take care. ...Read more

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I've developed a fainting phobia. I have never experienced an episode of fainting. Why do hot crowded environments cause fainting? Does tiredness?

I've developed a fainting phobia. I have never experienced an episode of fainting. Why do hot crowded environments cause fainting? Does tiredness?

Hot and stuffy: places reduce oxygen a bit and the fear of fainting can make it more likely to happen, similar to the fear of having a panic attack when away from home. A phobia is an irrational fear and a clinical psychologist can teach you coping strategies to manage it. A fear of loss of control is at the root of all of this. Do what you can to manage life and go w/the flow. See www.relaxationresponse.org ...Read more

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Question for my class and none of the answers stood out so: is trypophobia a real phobia and is it caused by genetics? And developed at a young age?

Question for my class and none of the answers stood out so: is trypophobia a real phobia and is it caused by genetics? And developed at a young age?

Trypophobia: Your question led me into an area i knew nothing about -- so thank you! trypophobia is not a phobia known in the dsm-v. But according to one researcher it may have evolutionary origins, related to primal responses to potentially dangerous/venomous creatures. http://tinyurl.com/kcjwclw note that monkeys (and some people!) have similar fear responses when seeing anything that resembles a snake. ...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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I have a really bad phobia of dying and it's preventing me from sleeping at night. I don't know what caused it and how can I stop it?

I have a really bad phobia of dying and it's preventing me from sleeping at night. I don't know what caused it and how can I stop it?

Phobic about dying: You mention you have anxiety , and are already on St. John's Wort, + other 'herbals'. It sounds like it's time to schedule a Psychiatry consultation/ f/u, to get help with your current anxiety sxs. A common manifestation of anxiety is sleep disturbance, especially difficulty falling asleep. Your Psych MD will help you select a tx of talk therapy +/or medication that will be effective for your sxs. ...Read more

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I'm always tired i got told i could be low on iron but i'm not getting a bloodtest cause of my phobia of veins any suggestions please?

I'm always tired i got told i could be low on iron but i'm not getting a bloodtest cause of my phobia of veins any suggestions please?

Learn About This: 3-5% of population estimated 2 have a needle phobia-"trypanophobia." it's poorly understood & prevents many from seeking medical/dental care. It's unlike other phobias: they generally cause heart rate & BP 2 rise + feelings of panic. But trypanophobia causes heart rate & BP 2 fall + fainting. Learn applied tension technique: http://bit.Ly/11imvmd try clinical psychologist doing exposure therapy. ...Read more

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If anxiety is caused by a phobia, which is defined as an unreasonable fear, how does one handle thanatophobia, and control anxiety caused by it?

If anxiety is caused by a phobia, which is defined as an unreasonable fear, how does one handle thanatophobia, and control anxiety caused by it?

Thanatophobia: (From Greek:Thanatos meaning "death" and Phobos meaning "fear") is an intense and irrational fear of death. While it sounds normal to be afraid of dying, people with it responds to this knowledge in excess. They feel queasy whenever they sense any danger, not only for themselves but for their family and friends. The extreme fear makes them feel stressed and unproductive. ...Read more

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How do I get over a rational phobia, that effects my social and daily life. I have emetophobia and it causes me to have anxiety and feel paranoid.

A social phobia: can express itself the way you mention. Essentially, we are afraid that we are going to be embarassed by something we do that is out of our control. A clinical psychologist can be helpful. There is a slight chance that ANYONE may vomit but your feelings take over and make you think it is highly probable. "Feeling Good" is a book by David Burns that may help also. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Did (Definition)

DID is an acronym for "Dissociative identity disorder" or "Multiple personality disorder" (psychiatric disorders). It is also ...Read more