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Ff my hand touches unwashed bathroom faucet or my clothes touch the toilet I fear everything they then touch. Has germs. Should I worry about this?

Ff my hand touches unwashed bathroom faucet or my clothes touch the toilet I fear everything they then touch. Has germs. Should I worry about this?

Germs: Touching dirty faucets with your hands can lead to transmission of germs. That is why it's a good idea to use a paper towel to turn the faucet off after washing hands or to handle the door knob in a public restroom. Some facilities have disposable toilet seat covers to decrease direct contact. Some carry antibacterial solution with them for to reduce risks. Take care. ...Read more

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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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 is the name of a phobia for a fear of public or dirty bathrooms?

What is the name of a phobia for a fear of public or dirty bathrooms?

Phobia: Agoraphobia is a fear of public places, parauresis is inability to urinate or use the bathroom, germaphobia can cause fear of a dirty place like a public restroom, but in general it would be classified as an agoraphobia. ...Read more

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How do I deal with the fear, phobia and embarassment of seeing hem blood when I go to the bathroom?

How do I deal with the fear, phobia and embarassment of seeing hem blood when I go to the bathroom?

See your doctor: It is unclear if this is related to your hemorrhoids, or if you are bleeding from elsewhere in your colon or GI tract. Your anxiety is definitely affecting you, but you should be sure you get properly evaluated by a doctor. If it is just your hemorrhoids, you should make sure you are on a good bowel regimen and are eating enough fiber. ...Read more

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What’s the difference between a fear and a phobia?

What’s the difference between a fear and a phobia?

: 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 more

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Can you tell me if my fears and phobias are irrational then why?

Can you tell me if my fears and phobias are irrational then why?

Spoiling the fun 4U?: We all have fears. There actually are things ; activities out there that are generally dangerous (e.g., radioactivity, poisons, walking across a highway). Phobias are extreme fears about situations/ things that most people would say pose little danger -like fear of vomiting/seeing someone else vomit; of riding in an elevator; of bees; etc. Phobias can create lots of stress ; take fun out of life! ...Read more

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Any remedies for hiv fear n phobias plz tell thanx?

Any remedies for hiv fear n phobias plz tell thanx?

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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What do you know about fear elimination therapy for phobias.?

What do you know about fear elimination therapy for phobias.?

Exposure therapy: While I have not heard of the term "fear elimination" therapy, it sounds like a form of exposure therapy, which remains the primary treatment for phobias. It involves teaching a person to use coping skills in order to handle feelings of anxiety. Then, those coping skills are practiced and used as the person is slowly exposed to the thing or situation that provokes the anxiety. ...Read more

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What do you know about fear elimination therapy? Does it work to cure phobias.?

Exposure therapy: I have not heard of the term "fear elimination" therapy but it sounds like another term for exposure therapy. Exposure therapy involves being slowly exposed to the thing that causes fear while learning coping skills to handle the feelings of anxiety that occur. ...Read more

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How would a physiatrist treat germ phobia since exposure to the fear probably wouldn't be the best idea?

How would a physiatrist treat germ phobia since exposure to the fear probably wouldn't be the best idea?

Progressive exposure: Phobias respond reliably to progressive exposure paired with cognitive-behavioral therapy. Much of that work is done through imagination and visualization. Since you can't really see germs, the exposure would be to germ hospitable, dirty looking items. ...Read more

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Irrational fears are like phobias, right? How do you handle them?

Cbt and desensitazat: Although the two are similiar, irrational fears and phobias do differ. Irrarional fears are thoughts that may cause you to worry about a situation or perhaps contribute to you misperceiving a situation or an encounter. Unless you are delusional or psychotic, medication won't assist much with changing irration beliefs or thoughts. Cognitive behavioral therapy that teaches you to effectively. ...Read more

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What are some fears or phobias that most people or many people have?

Animals & Heights: Fear of animals, heights, blood (or medical procedures such as needles), and flying are the most frequently occurring phobias in clinical samples in that order (barlow, 2002; bourdon et al., 1988). My work suggests african americans report more animal fears than other groups (chapman et al., 2008; chapman et al., 2011). Public speaking, part of social phobia, is most common "fear" in general. ...Read more

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I have needle fear or phobia? What do I do?

I have needle fear or phobia? What do I do?

VRT for Phobias: Phobias and anxieties respond well to Virtual Reality Therapy (VRT). VRT is exposure therapy in a safe environment. The research suggests VRT is 90% effective. Seek out a therapist who uses VRT in your area. You can find providers through www. Psious. Com, www. Limbix. Com, or www. Virtuallybetter. Com. ...Read more

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How can I get over my phobia/fear of injury?

How can I get over my phobia/fear of injury?

Fear of injury: Many people find cognitive behavioral therapy very useful in overcoming phobias and fears. For this you would consult a psychologist, psychiatrist, or other therapist who does this work. There would be an evaluation first, to explore the problem and make sure what's being dealt with. Therapy involves a combination of in-person sessions and generally also some homework outside of sessions. ...Read more

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How can I deal with the 'fear of flight' phobia?

How can I deal with the 'fear of flight' phobia?

Aviophobia: There are three basic treatments for fear of flying severe enough to be classified as an anxiety disorder, systematic densensitization, cognitive therapy and medications. There is a nice overview at http://www. Guidetopsychology. Com/fearfly. Htm. The severity of your phobia will determine which intervention (s)-ur family physician should be able to provide a referral to a the appropriate specialist. ...Read more

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What is the name for having a fear or phobia of not being able to be in or losing control?

Loss of control: We all like to think we are competent individuals who are in control of ourselves and our lives. But for those who suffer from panic attacks, a very great fear is the loss of control while having an attack. This is a common dread, and it's something that should be addressed. Putting the fear to rest will go a long way towards reducing your anxiety and panicky feelings. ...Read more

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Could fears and phobias be linked to a food allergy/intolerance?

Could fears and phobias be linked to a food allergy/intolerance?

No: A food allergic reaction is not a pleasant experience and some people become anxious from a hidden ingredient in their food that can send them to the er. Some become paranoid. So the best defense is to carry Epipen (epinephrine) with you all the time, this is your insurance policy. You may never need it but is there if you do. ...Read more

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Can fears and phobias be linked to some food allergy/intolerance?

Can fears and phobias be linked to some food allergy/intolerance?

Yes: I find that some patients, especially children, with anaphylaxis to foods like peanut or tree nuts become so frightened of eating something with traces of peanut or nut that they develop agoraphobia, a fear of leaving the house. The fact is that the danger of dying from eating a food you're allergic to is about the same as being struck by lightning or attacked by a shark. Great question. ...Read more

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How to deal with my fear of needles, how can I get over the phobia?

How to deal with my fear of needles, how can I get over the phobia?

There are a few: Techniques that can work fairly quickly. Cognitive behavioral therapy using progressive desensitization (learning to relax ; then imagining the phobic event from least to most anxiety provoking image while relaxed. I usually do this using hypnosis as a relaxation technique, but you can use other relaxation methods. Find a therapist ; you will be able to get relief fairly quickly. ...Read more

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What to do if I have fear of needles, how can I get over the phobia?

What to do if I have fear of needles, how can I get over the phobia?

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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How is extreme fear explained when there is no specific phobia or experience of panic attacks?

Atypical anxiety: Extreme fear can occur in extreme generalizing anxiety disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and social anxiety disorder. Can also occur in organically caused anxiety disorder, anxiety caused by alcohol or drugs including medications, or in anxiety disorder not otherwise specified. Extreme fear is also felt it in pre-psychotic or psychotic disorders, especially paranoid disorder. ...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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I am experiencing irrational fear or phobia. I have never taken XANAX before. How do I know if it is not dangerous for me or whether I can take it?

I am experiencing irrational fear or phobia. I have never taken XANAX before. How do I know if it is not dangerous for me or whether I can take it?

Phobias: Please discuss it with the prescribing physician although a small test dose of benzo could be tried to see how well you can tolerate it. You must try CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy). ...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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What are fears and phobias?

Near synonyms: Phobia is greek for fear. Many people have at least mild phobias, for example, fear of the dark or of snakes or heights. There is nothing wrong with being fearful--it can be a great survival tool; but, if one is so afraid of wasps that you never go outside or cannot cross a bridge, then fear causes impairment, which is when we begin to think of it as a disorder. ...Read more

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For something to be considered a phobia, must that fear always be severe?

I believe: The fear has only to be sufficient to create a barrier to the person willingly exposing themselves to the phobia-object. I believe it is the avoidance that serves as the crux of the diagnosis. If the fear is less severe, it should be easier to progress in most therapies that require toleration of the fear/anxiety to allow greater freedom of movement to the person. Take care, best wishes! ...Read more

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Any medicine for fear n phobias doubts plz tell n also for mental relief any suggestions plz tell me?

Any medicine for fear n phobias doubts plz tell n also for mental relief any suggestions plz tell me?

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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I am going to attempt deconditioning with exposure to treat my phobia. What kind of stimuli should I use while I expose myself to the object of fear?

Desensitization: Depends on what you're trying to be desensitized. This would work best with a professional therapist to help you. Good luck! ...Read more

Fear (Definition)

I would define fear as an insecure feeling, a feeling of impending doom! This is a sort of defense mechanism we developed that help us to survive. Fear helps us from falling "off the cliffs, " as we know the consequences; and help us survive. Children unknowingly, fall off, as ...Read more