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Fear - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

What is Fear? What does Psychologist says : More about Fear :

What is Fear?

Fear is a feeling which is created by perceived threat or danger that happens in certain organisms. Fear can cause a change in organ functions and metabolism which can ultimately lead to a behavioral changes, like fleeing, freezing or hiding from the perceive threat.

Fear in human beings can happen because of a specific stimulus that is occurring in the present or even from an expectation of a future threat perceived on the person’s life or body. Response to fear from the perception of danger leads to confrontation or escape by avoiding the threat which is also known as fight-or-flight response. Fear in extreme cases can also lead to paralysis.In animals and human beings, fear is a resultant factor that occurs due to the process of cognition and learning. Thus fear can be classified into two types. The first one is a logical fear and the later illogical fear. Illogical fear is also known as phobia.

What does Psychologist says :

Psychologists have suggested that fear in one of the few innate emotions found in all human beings. Other innate emotions found in human are anger, anxiety, angst, joy, horror, panic, and sadness. However, there is a difference between fear and anxiety. Although both these emotions are closely related to each other, anxiety often happens as a threat which is perceived to be unavoidable or uncontrollable. The amygdala is the place in our brain, which is associated with fear. The amygdala is located behind our pituitary gland. Amygdala generates the secretion of hormones that influences aggression and fear. Once the stimulation of fear and aggression is generated, amygdala elicit the release of the hormones, which put the person into a state of alertness, which makes the person run, move, take a flight and others.

More about Fear :

The fight-or-flight response in human is regulated by our hypothalamus which is a part of our limbic system.

It is interesting to learn over here that once the person returns to the safe mode, and there are no signs of potential threat around, the amygdala sends the information which created fear to the mPFC (medial prefrontal cortex), which stores the data for similar future situation. This process of learning by the brain is also known as memory consolidation.Some of the hormones and chemical elements that are secreted because of fear are epinephrine, norepinephrine, cortisol and calcium.

These hormones and chemicals are responsible for regulating the heart rate, blood flow, dilation of the blood vessels and air passages and others.

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I think your depression is anger based. The anxiety is fear based and may cause you undue distress. Depression and anxiety often appear together. However, you must meet with a counselor too and get good assessments on the basis of your information...
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I am 20 years old. The problem which I face is that there are many things I get scared off, it seems to me fearful and often unusual thoughts comes in my mind due to which neither I am able to focus on my studies nor on any other thing. So could you suggest me the ways in which I can cope up with my problem and get well.

BASM, MD, MS (Counseling & Psychotherapy), MSc - Psychology, Certificate in Clinical psychology of children and Young People, Certificate in Psychological First Aid, Certificate in Positive Psychology, Positive Psychiatry and Mental Health
Psychologist, Palakkad
Hello and welcome to Lybrate. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice. Unspecified negative thoughts and fear could be due to anxiety disorder. I suggest telephonic counseling and online psychotherapy for you. You can contact me for furth...

My mother suffering from phobia problems. She used to take nexito 5 mg bi now days she takes zosert 50 mg I want to ask which one is best medicine for my mom if compare between these medicine.

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Psychiatrist, Davanagere
I understand that your mother is going through problems with phobia for which she has been prescribed medications. I hope your mother has consulted a psychiatrist, because both those medications help with phobia and zosert is very similar but not ...
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I have bppv, when I goto hospital doctors give me prochlorperazine. I used that medication for 2 days, after 2 days I feel abnormal movements on my face, and chewing, and abnormal movements in neck. I can not control those movements, and also I feel strange fear, so I channel neurologist he says stop get prochlorperazine. And he gave me syndopa and attain then that abnormal movements goes away, its 4 days now I stop get prochlorperazine. But still I feel some fear at some times. I want to how much time it want to pass out these side effect of prochlorperazine.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Integrated Clinical Hypnotherapist, Pursuing Transpersonal Regression Therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner, Certification of Life Coach (CLC), Masters in Psychology - Clinical and Abnormal
Psychologist, Jaipur
Lybrate-user, please get your rorsach inkblot test done just to be sure that you do not need psychiatric medications. Any clinical psychologist near you can do it. Or else you may connect with us for the same. Regards.

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