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How do doctors know if fears are irrational?
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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine
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In brief: Irrational fear
Who is to say what is "rational"? To answer this we usually assume that a rational fear must be reasonable and capable of happening within an individual's actual context.
Taking a good history and asking questions about a person's situation can help determine this, but not with 100% accuracy. It is clear that we all spend too much time worrying about what "might" happen rather than what is likely.

In brief: Irrational fear
Who is to say what is "rational"? To answer this we usually assume that a rational fear must be reasonable and capable of happening within an individual's actual context.
Taking a good history and asking questions about a person's situation can help determine this, but not with 100% accuracy. It is clear that we all spend too much time worrying about what "might" happen rather than what is likely.
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