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Fear & Phobias - How Can You Overcome Them?

Ms. Ekta Singh 88% (398 ratings)
MA - Psychology, M-Phill Psychology, B.Ed, C.I.G, ECCE, B.A. Psychology
Psychologist, Ghaziabad
Fear & Phobias - How Can You Overcome Them?

Have you ever experienced spine-chilling terror, which in hindsight does not make any rational sense, from an object, place, or creature? If you have then you suffer from a phobia. A phobia is basically an anxiety disorder that is triggered when you encounter specific things.

What you should know about phobias?

If you have a phobia of spiders, you will try to adapt your life in such a way that you avoid spiders. However, your fear for the object or creature is often greater than the actual threat that it poses. This is why phobias are deemed as diagnosable medical conditions. If you suffer from phobias, the trigger can cause you to experience a panic attack.

What are the different types of phobias?

Even though there are numerous kinds of phobias based on the trigger, doctors classify phobias broadly into three main types.

1. Specific Phobia - As the name suggests, specific phobia is any phobia that is caused due to the introduction of the trigger item or creature in your surroundings. This is the most common type of phobia in the world. However, specific phobias are easier to avoid, as you simply need to avoid the trigger for the phobia to lead a normal life.

2. Social Phobia - This is a great fear or anxiety of facing public humiliation. People with social phobia isolate themselves from the rest of the world to avoid social embarrassment. However, social phobia is not the same as shyness.

3. Agoraphobia - This is a kind of phobia where you feel trapped in a certain environment. If you suffer from agoraphobia, you will be afraid of most confined spaces, such as elevators and rooms without windows.

Factors that can cause phobias:

Phobias usually start in early childhood or during the teenage years. It is very rare for a new phobia to develop after a person reaches 30 years of age. Doctors believe that phobias may form due to a traumatic or frightening experience in life. Furthermore, you are more likely to experience phobias if one or more of your family members suffer from it as well.

• Specific phobias - Your phobia of snakes or cockroach may be chalked back to a frightening experience you had with such creatures.

• Complex phobias - Medical experts believe that complex phobias form due to a mixture of a traumatic event, genetics and the chemistry in your brain.

Is treating a phobia possible?

If you think you suffer from a phobia, you can seek medical help for it. A trained psychologist/psychiatrist will help you reduce the discomfort from your phobia. A mixture of behavioural therapy along with medication is useful in treating cases of phobia.

However, if you do not suffer from a complex phobia, such as agoraphobia or social anxiety, you can live a normal life by simply avoiding the source of your fears.

Hello. I want to find a solution to my problem. That I am very much afraid of going to my college even being a grown up postgraduate student. If for one day I leave my class I become very much afraid of joining back again just due to the fear of facing teachers and classmates. I have tried every possible way of motivation condition has become so worst that now I cannot bunk a single day in coming months till may and still I will get only 72% attendance till final exams. Please help me out of the fear.

Dr. Prakhar Singh 95% (1775 ratings)
MBBS, Basic Life Support (B.L.S), Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Fellow of Academy of General Education (FAGE)
General Physician, Delhi
Hello. I want to find a solution to my problem. That I am very much afraid of going to my college even being a grown ...
Your problem might be defined as social anxiety disorder or social phobia. It is an anxiety disorder characterized by a strong, persistent fear of being judged by others, and by frequent feelings of embarrassment. There is no single known cause of it, but some biological, psychological, and environmental factors may play a role in its development. You may need to have it discussed in detail for further consultation, so let's connect over a video or audio call as per your convenience.
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I'm 19 years m, i'm fear when I see opposite gender, and I feel fear when im in public place like park, etc. In my mind I felt someone is watching me. And I feel lonely when i'm in public place and so I spends time only in home what is the remedy?

Dr. Praveenkumar Talikoti 93% (511 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurvedic Doctor, Bijapur
I'm 19 years m, i'm fear when I see opposite gender, and I feel fear when im in public place like park, etc. In my mi...
it's just you scared of mingle with people because of some evil experiences and bad thots that made you reserved. you have to initiate urself to mingle with public,society and people. involving in religious activities,sacred gsthering,yoga,devotion and meditation will help you.
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My walking style is normal. But due to crowd fear, I could not walk properly. I could not control my legs and the way people see is very strange. I have tried many times to avoid this. But I could not. Kindly help.

Dr. Poonam Bhavsar 90% (123 ratings)
Ayurvedic Doctor, Aurangabad
My walking style is normal. But due to crowd fear, I could not walk properly. I could not control my legs and the way...
u can join yoga and Ayurveda panchkarma session. u can take Ayurvedic medicine for it. please tell me your health problem in detail
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Hi, I'm suffering from fear of threat (enemy) and the problem is solved now my problem is over thinking that bad can happen in my life again it causes stress to my mind in suffering from last 1 year and now I'm free no one is against me all are frns to me but my problem is my own thoughts disturbing me can I take himalaya mentat tablet for 3 months my ayurvedic teacher suggests me to take this and he told me to do some exercise and yoga meditation and take good food is mentat tablet works for depression and anxiety please help me with this.

Dr. Urmil Bishnoi 90% (282 ratings)
Ph.D Psychology, M.Phil - Psychology
Psychologist, Jaipur
Hi, I'm suffering from fear of threat (enemy) and the problem is solved now my problem is over thinking that bad can ...
Dear user, your problem is cured with some counseling sessions, you are taking medicines but did you go for counseling? If you want to get rid of over thinking and negative thoughts medicines are not enough, counseling is must. You have to take some extra care of yourself. Change your routine and life style, add some more activities and exercise to your routine, spend time in your favorite activities, meet your friends and one most imp thing strong your will power and enhance your insight. My belief is that if you have a good counselor there is no need to medicines or we can reduced them, that depend on the individual’s condition and case history. I need a detail conversation with you so that I am able to help you better, please call and discuss.
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Stage Fright - How To Tackle It?

Mrs. Subhra Banerjee Paul 88% (10 ratings)
Masters in Clinical Psychology, PG Diploma in rehabolitation psychology
Psychologist, Kolkata
Stage Fright - How To Tackle It?

You are about to go on stage to face the audience. Palms sweaty, heart racing and fear gripping you in such a way that your feet or tongue refuse to move? Relax! You are having a short period of stage fright. The first and most comforting thing to know is that the biggest and most popular performers and speakers also go through a period of nervousness before their big show. And yet, when you see them on stage, you'll not detect a bit of it. You can be that person too.

Why do you experience stage fright?
Being the centre of attention among the audience focused only on you can trigger thoughts of a bad or unconvincing performance resulting in loss of reputation, mockery and a perception of failure. The physical response your body has to this is called "fight or flight" syndrome which is a natural process designed to protect you.

So how do you face the situation and get better of it? Here are a few steps to get you there: 

1. Self-hypnosis / Hypnotherapy for stage fright: Imagine if you believed that you are a master public speaker and can feel calm and confident during every performance! A self-hypnosis or hypnotherapy session allows you to reach out into the recesses of your subconscious mind and harness its power to handle stressful situations like a stage performance. You may have heard the common proverb - You are what you believe, and this therapy proves it. The process will help you visualize your actual performance and link it with positive, encouraging and enjoyable images which will replace your anxiety with confidence. You can either visit a consultant or buy a CD online.

2. NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) for stage fright: NLP was created in the 1970s by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in California as a connection between neurological process, linguistic and behavioural patterns learnt through experience or programming. NLP claims to cure everything of phobias to depression to even the common cold. Though not scientifically proven, NLP uses a set of mental exercises to allow you to change your perception and blockages and hesitation into positive actions. Similar to hypnosis, it'll allow you to program yourself to believe and practice for a positive outcome in order to achieve it.

Add the wow factor: Anyone giving you their time deserves to leave with a 'wow'. Add facts, figures or moves that'll give them that. Add 'your' touch and style to it.

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Social Media & Mental Health - How Former Can Affect Latter?

Dr. Mitali Soni Loya 92% (10 ratings)
MD- Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Bhopal
Social Media & Mental Health - How Former Can Affect Latter?

Being away or oblivious to social media is synonymous to not following the herd. Social media probably is no more the latest fad; it is the given code to take a deeper look into the present age. The rewarding fact about social networking sites is their ability to transport us to people and places millions of miles away from us. This epoch with its dictates of overproduction and maximum utilization of labour, snatches away the boon of communication. Social media gifts us with easy communication and wider access.  

1. Social media creates peer pressure- Coming in continuous contact with occurrences in other people's life can lead to a mental setback. You may feel low on comparing your achievements with that of others. Consciously or unconsciously you are struggling throughout to be at par with them who are seemingly jubilant. Virtual peer pressure is realized by many. 

2. It can bring us at close quarters with penitence- Persistent grief or regret can take a toll on your mental health. It can make you depressive. Depression is again not a healthy thing for personal growth and development. It usually results in a lack of motivation.
 
3. You tend to panic more through continued use of social media- If you have not been in touch with social media for a couple of days you are instilled with the fear of losing out on incidents. You panic regarding what has been happening all over the world that in reality will in most cases bear no effect on you.
  
4. It accustoms you to the glamorous appeal of drugs- Social media tends to showcase the ills of society as glamorous contributing factors of life. It celebrates the vices of drugs and other addictive agents as virtues. Young adults are therefore easily incited to give in to addiction.

Positive effects of social media on your mental health:-

1. Social media will let you take a break from hovering tasks and responsibilities. 
2. Helps you connect with long lost friends. Social networking sites will bring you close to new and old friends alike. 
3. Real society is overly judgmental. It prohibits you from coming across as your true self. Virtual media allows you to come out of your cocoon and helps you feel comfortable about yourself.
 

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Sometimes I feel afraid as if something bad has/will happen is there medication for it?

Dr. Prakhar Singh 95% (1775 ratings)
MBBS, Basic Life Support (B.L.S), Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Fellow of Academy of General Education (FAGE)
General Physician, Delhi
Sometimes I feel afraid as if something bad has/will happen is there medication for it?
Depression is one of the major reason for upset sexual life and hence problems in relationship. You should always focus at improving your relationships, at it is the surest way of leading a content and fulfilled life. Ego, anger, anxiety, domination, and stubbornness can cause turmoil in relationships. Proper stress/depression management is required in order to get your life back to the track. You need a proper regular consultation.
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Im 21 year old i'm suffering from specific phobia since 4 to 5 years ago. Pls sir how to solve this problem.

B.A.M.S, Dietetics & Food Services Management Services, Panchkarma, Sports Nutrition, Clinical & Therapeutic Yoga
Ayurvedic Doctor, Panchkula
Im 21 year old i'm suffering from specific phobia since 4 to 5 years ago. Pls sir how to solve this problem.
Your pitta is imbalanced. Start taking mukta pishti and praval pishti 250 mg each two times a day. Ayurveda has a lot to do in psychology. Your problem can be cured with proper panchkarma, medicine and counseling.
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