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What Is The Difference Between Phobias And Just Being Crazy
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
What is the difference between the doctor who treats phobias and the other who treats crazy people?
Ethics.: I doubt you will find doctors who will say they treat "crazy people." while I could try to dignify your question and guess what you mean by that, it occurs to me that people who have phobias often feel "crazy" or are perceived as "crazy". If you have a serious question, perhaps you could try to re-frame it. ...Read more
Therapy & Medication: Psychiatrists have a degree in medicine (md) and psychologists have a doctoral-level degree in psychology (pH. D. Or psy. D.). Psychiatrists can prescribe medications, while in most states psychologists cannot. Psychologists treat phobias teaching practice of relaxation and exposure in psychotherapy sessions. Psychiatrists prescribe and adjust medication to improve symptoms. Some do psychotherapy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
: Fear is felt to be a normal protective mechanism. Fear is what causes us to walk slowly to keep from stumbling when it is too dark to see. A phobia is an abnormal fear that keeps the sufferer from normal activities. Someone with a phobia of heights would not be able to use a ladder at all. A non-phobic fear of fear of heights makes people be very careful when climbing on ladders. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
They may overlap: Social phobia simply refers to people who do not like to be in large crowds; those with it typically function fine in cosier settings and are worried mostly about being overwhelmed. With apd, concerns are about being criticized or embarrassed, so the size of the crowd is not as important as the potential for being judged and found wanting. ...Read more
My omeprazole have changed colour/packaging. But are still same dose... Does it make a difference as I have phobia of meds an dnt like change?
The active: Ingredient is the same but there can be some differences in the vehicle that contains it. Usually not an issue - you can ask your pharmacy about specific generics you are concerned about. ...Read more
Phobia of eating other people's germs with my food keeps me from parties and restaurants. Am I crazy or smart?
Cautious vs Phobia: The key to whether an avoidance behavior like yours is a disorder is whether it compromises your life in significant ways or prevents normal life functioning (in work, relationships, school, etc). If the phobia of eating other people's germs has affected friendships and your life in general, it may be a good idea to seek an evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Have extreme cold sore phobia. How long can hsv1 survive on dry surfaces outside the body? Seen crazy estimates ranging from 10 sec to 8 weeks! Truth?
Consider this:: Most people have had HSV1 since childhood but just never get fever blisters. Why don't you see if you can get tested to see if you already have it? Whether or not it ever causes a fever blister is hard to predict. As for survival on dry surfaces, is very unlikely. As for your phobia, there are a lot of other worse germs out there. Practice good hygiene. Much worrying is unhealthy. Treat phobia ...Read more
Commitment: Some people are fearful of intimacy and do have a very hard time remaining close after the initial "falling in love" phase wears off. These people often have hurts from the past they have never resolved and consciously or unconsciously fear allowing anyone to close as they may fear rejection. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have so many phobias just in general like what the day might bring, closed places, heights, restaurant w dimmed lights, etc. Why? Adv on meds to take
Hmmmmmm...: If you mean "are phobias really a medical diagnosis which people suffer from? ". .. Yes. If you mean "are there things that people should really be afraid of? ". .. Again, the answer is yes. But those are not phobias. Those are appropriate and based on reality. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Graded exposure: Integrating gradual exposure along with development of relaxation skills will be helpful. These are variable person to person and require careful consideration of your own experience and situation. Taking things too quickly can lead to more difficulty but you want to push yourself - it's supposed to feel hard. But your experience in time will tell you you've done it without bad consequence. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Phobia V Panic: A phobic response occurs when you are specifically exposed to a stimulus that causes you to experience anxiety. A a panic attack occurs out of the blue in a situation where you would not expect to be uncomfortable. If you feel that your phobia is random, perhaps you are referring to panic attacks? Treatment for both respond well to cbt and pharmacotherapy when needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If not treated: Phobias will usually persist lifelong unless they are addressed head on. Patients who avoid whatever they fear, will likely suffer the rest of their life. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is highly effective treatment for phobias, including gradual and progressive exposure to whatever patient fears. Please get your Phobia addressed asap. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Unreasonable fears: If you have unreasonable fears about bugs and avoid them more than is warranted or more than other people do, you may have a bug phobia. Persistent fear, avoidance, reaction out of proportion to true danger, irrational fears, interference with daily function--all of these factors are seen with phobias. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Simple Phobia: This is considered simple phobia and the best treatment for that, is behavioral approach r widely used in various anxiety d/o. Desensitization, by exposing the patient graded doses of phobic situation, phobic object or situation is an effective technique to reduce anxiety provoking situation. Find u self a good therapist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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