Fears and phobias in general can sometimes rule a person's life. Something as simple as not drinking out of a pink glass, or going on a roller coaster aren't good examples, but a good one is on the T.V. show Fear Factor. For one of the challenges the contestants had to jump off a sixty-foot cliff. For some people who are afraid of heights couldn't do this task. Their fear of heights would control their decision and cause them to fail in winning the money from the T.V. show. Now a simple competition is one thing, but a do or die situation or a time when someone's life depends on you concurring you fear is another. Whenever there is a chance where you can take control and overcome these fears, do it. Do not wait until the urgent time comes around and you must do it, having doubts about the task at hand. From experience, when you concur a fear, you feel like you can accomplish anything; and while looking back thinking it wasn't so bad while knowing that you can do it again if ever the time comes.
My heart starts to race. It feels like it's going to explode. My throat closes and I'm having trouble breathing. My palms are sweating now, and my head is dizzy. I feel like I might fall, I want to run, but I don't know where... This reaction is a way to describe what people feel when they are suffering from a phobia. A phobia is an intense, ridiculous amount of fear of something or a situation that is far from what really could happen. Phobias affect people of all ages. The National Institute of Mental Health has stated that 5.1%-12.5% of all American's encounter some sort of phobia. They are the most common psychiatric illness among women of all ages and men over 25. When someone has a phobia, they start to feel panic, dread, or anxious when they are near what they are afraid of and they feel relieved when they avoid it. There is a phobia for just about everything. But, mental health professionals group them into three categories. Specific, social and agora. The...
...Fear And Phobias
What is your greatest fear? Do you know the answer? A lot of people don't. We just know that we sometimes feel fear and most people don't like it. Sometimes, people like the feeling of fear. Have you ever heard the term "adrenaline junkie"? That's those people that like fear. In this article, I will tell you everything you need to know about fear and phobias.Fear
The Origin and Reasons of Fear
The sensation of fear is related to 2 parts of the brain, the prefrontal cortex and the amygdala. The prefrontal cortex is the body's "hub of safety" if you will. It receives stimuli and determines whether it's potentially dangerous, and sends signals to different parts of the brain to release adrenaline, hence the term "adrenaline junkie". This release of adrenaline is called the "fight or flight response". The amygdala, part of the limbic system, controls all strong emotions. It is what stores strong points of fear, causing us to have a phobia of that situation. It automatically sends a signal to the prefrontal cortex, which causes the prefrontal cortex to invoke the fight-or-flight response. This happens when the phobic gets near, sees, or, in severe cases, thinks about the thing they are phobic towards.
Picture of the limbic system....
...Part 1. Phobia
1.1 Meaning of phobia.
A phobia (from the Greek: φόβος, phóbos, meaning "fear" or "morbid fear") is an intense and persistent fear of certain situations, activities, things, animals, or people. The main symptom of this disorder is the excessive and unreasonable desire to avoid the feared stimulus. When the fear is beyond one's control, and if the fear is interfering with daily life, then a diagnosis under one of the anxiety disorders can be made.
This is caused by what are called, neutral, unconditioned, and conditioned stimuli, which trigger either conditioned or unconditioned responses. An example would be a person who was attacked by a dog (the unconditioned stimulus) would respond with an unconditioned response. When this happens, the unconditioned stimulus of them being attacked by the dog would become conditioned, and to this now conditioned stimulus, they would develop a conditioned response. If the occurance had enough of an impact on this certain person then they would develop a fear of that dog, or in some cases, an irrational fear of all dogs.
Phobias are the most common form of anxiety disorders. An American study by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) found that between 8.7% and 18.1% of Americans suffer from phobias. Broken down by age and gender, the study found...
...Phobias and fearsFear is a vital response to physical and emotional danger.
Phobia is an intense, unreasonable fear of a thing or a situation that is far out of proportion to the actual risk that is involves. The object of the phobia may even be totally harmless. For a fear to be considered a phobia, it has to be so extreme and cause so much distress that it seriously limits a person’s normal life.
I would like to tell you about two phobias that I find interesting.
Tetraphobia is a practice of avoiding instances of the number four. It is the superstition most common in East Asian and Southeast Asian regions such as China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Korea and Vietnam. The main reason of tetraphobia is that in Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese languages the word “four” sound similar or even identical to the word «death». Special care may be taken to avoid occurrences or reminders of the number four during festive holidays or when a family member is sick. Similarly 14, 24, 42 et cetera. are also to be avoided due to the presence of the digit 4 in these numbers. In these countries, these floor numbers are often skipped in buildings ranging from hotels to offices to apartments as well as hospitals.
One interesting fact: when Beijing lost its bid to stage the 2000 Olympic Games, it was speculated that the reason China did not pursue a bid for...
...my listeners about strange types of phobia.
Central idea: clarifying strange types of phobia such as Ablutophobia, Globophobia, and Pediophobia effects and how to avoid them.
I. Attention Material:
A. I am synonymous with fear, the one thing you hope will disappear, never to be near, I come in forms, plenty, I can even affect your sanity. Who am I?
1) It is Phobia, which is an unusual exaggerated, illogical fear of a specific object on situation.
2) No one is garn with Phobia, simply they are resulted became of past threatening situations leads to production of fear.
3) Phobia is associated with trembling, dread on panic uncontrollable physical response to the extent it can become paralyzing.
B. About 11% of people have had phobia some time.
1) Women are twice as likely as men.
2) Women also have Phobias at a younger age than men.
II. Orienting Material:
A. A Phobia is a fear response to some stimulus that is illogical in its intensity and not based a real thread so there is no basis in fact for such a strong reaction.
B. This fear can range from seven to mild, pain turn you into a shat-in on it can simply keep you away from social situations.
C. People with Phobia are often paralyzed by their fear and...
SOCIAL PHOBIAS ARE ANXIETY DISORDERS THAT HAVE THE CAPABILITY TO CLOUD MANY AREAS IN OUR LIVES AND ARE CHARACTERIZED BY THEIR SYMPTOMS AS WELL AS CAUSES. TREATMENTS ARE AVAILABLE AND CAN BE IMPLEMENTED TO SUCCESSFULLY CURE SOCIAL PHOBIAS AND FORM A BETTER COMMUNITY.
'I have not been out of the house for six months. I did go to see my doctor at Christmas, but I got into such a state that I nearly collapsed, and now I get him to see me here. I feel safe here and I don't get the awful feelings, but I'm not even relaxed at home if I know a stranger is visiting. I often have a drink to calm me if the paperboy is coming to collect the paper money or the gas man is coming to read the meter. Sometimes, though, I just refuse to answer the door.'
Overcoming anxiety Helen Kennerley (Robinson 1997)
A situation like this may strike some us as plain absurd, even plunging into the realms of insanity; Yet, this is what people with phobia go through on a daily basis. Anxiety Disorders af-fect about 40 million American adults age 18 years and older (about 18%) in a given year, caus-ing them to be filled with fearfulness and uncertainty (Kessler et al.). Unlike the relatively mild, such as having butterflies in your stomach on the first date, or feeling fearful when you hear strange noises in your household, phobias and anxiety disorders can last from as soon as 6 months or even as long as a whole...
II fear and phobias
a) What is phobia
b) Difference of fear and phobia
c) Part of the brain which is responsible for fear and phobia
d) Classification of phobia
Specific phobia- meaning
Blood injury injection phobia
Natural environment phobia
Social phobia – meaning
Agoraphobia – meaning
A phobia is an extreme, persistent fear that interferes with normal living. It is not necessarily an irrational fear. Many people have phobias of snakes, spiders, lightning, heights, and other items that really are dangerous. What is irrational is the excessive degree of the fear, leading to panic in the presence of the feared object. In most cases, people with phobias are not so much afraid of the object itself but of their own reactions. They fear that they will have a heart attack or that they will embarrass themselves by trembling or fainting. Consequently, They fear that they will have a heart attack or that they will embarrass themselves...
...best friend suffers from a phobia of buttons. Describe the symptoms that he/she displays in the presence of buttons, suggest possible causes for the phobia, and outline potential treatments.
Irrational fears come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, from the peculiar to the seemingly absurd. These phobias can take a hold of a person’s life and create barriers preventing them from achieving their goals and hold them back a great deal not to mention the self loathing that may occur as a person comes to term with this disorder they live with. My best friend suffers one of the more unheard of, but still reasonably common phobia ‘Koumpounophobia’, the fear of Buttons.
As far back as I remember, from the very beginning of our relationship it has been present in her everyday life. Upon seeing a button, she will instantly feel nauseas therefore having to remove either herself or it from the situation. Upon a chance contact she will have the compulsion to immediately wash and sanitize the area of exposed flesh that’s touched.
A phobia can be described as “a fear not based on reality”, so without any traumatic experience or reason they can just manifest in ones head. My friend has told me on countless occasions she has no explanation for it. When we were at school together, especially primary school she would get teased and bullied by uninformed children who just...
A phobia is an excessive or unreasonable fear of an object, place or situation. Simple phobias are fears of specific things such as insects, infections, flying. Agoraphobia is a fear of being in places where one feels "trapped" or unable to get help, such as in crowds, on a bus, or standing in a queue. A social phobia is a marked fear of social or performance situations.
Phobias are extremely common. Sometimes they start in childhood for no apparent reason; sometimes they emerge after a traumatic event; and sometimes the develop from an attempt to make sense of an unexpected and intense anxiety or panic (e.g. "I feel fearful, therefore I must be afraid of something").
When the phobic person actually encounters, or even anticipates being in the presence of the feared object or situation, she/he experiences immediate anxiety. The physical symptoms of anxiety may include a racing heart, shortness of breath, sweating, chest or abdominal discomfort, trembling, etc. and the emotional component involves an intense fear - of losing control, embarrassing oneself, or passing out.
Commonly people try to escape, and then to avoid the feared situation wherever possible. This may be fairly easy if the feared object is rarely encountered (e.g. fear of snakes) and avoidance will not therefore restrict the person's life very...