Social Phobia – Why Drinks Are Bad For Panic Attacks

Agoraphobia is the phobia of having panic attacks as described by one of the earlier panic disorder gurus.

Because this fear or phobia is so strong, the only way they can weak its grip is to drink as that reduces the level of fear and increases the level of “happiness” to overcome the phobia.

One needs to understand the social phobic or agoraphobic to understand his or her pain. The general embarrassment and fear as being called “the fear of all fears”. The person is essentially in a prison. A phobic will prefer the “hole” for a day than to face an environment where he or she will face an attack.

So he or she turns to drink in order to cope. To some extent it works. But the drinker knows it's self deception. Worse, alcohol is a depressant and once the effect of the drink wears out, the anxiety levels may be worse than before. This is the hoax that drink is good for you. Now, is there a better way? Yes, there is. The best option is to face it. Yes, face your panic attack!

According to a revolutionary eCourse I just read, the eCourse advised that when you feel a panic attack coming, tell the panic attack it has 20 seconds to cause as much havoc as it desires and then it should be off. 20 seconds max. That you have other things to do.

All the while, the panic attack had total power. Now, you are setting boundaries. And you know what you'll find out, the panic will subside or either disappear. If not satisfied in 20 seconds, then give another and then another until its gone! Until its gone!

The revolutionary e-course was written by ex-sufferer of a panic disorder and there knows what he is talking about. He is relieved now of all symptoms and living a normal life.

You now take charge and not the drink! I know you can do it. I believe in you.

As always, I wish you the very best.

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Overcoming Fat Phobia

Since the 1970s, it has become awfully fashionable to cut out fats – promotion of the low-fat diet has since been a flagship policy of the uninformed masses; ignorant journalists, indifferent supermarket chains and diet club leaders desperate for some sort of strategy to take into their naive charges. It is no coincidence that, since fat phobia has taken a grip, obesity has shot through the roof and shows no sign of easing off.

The culture of ignorance remains rampant, even from people who should know better. Just recently, whilst doing paperwork in the presence of daytime TV, I was stunned to hear the comments of Rosemary Conley, an eminent figure in the world of diets and exercise videos. Rosemary's words of advice were: “Eat a low fat diet – remember, all the fat you eat is stored as fat on your body.” Perhaps she would like to explain this nonsensical drivel to Eskimos!

Eskimos eat approximately 2,500 extra calories per day in pure blubber (animalfat) to help meet their energy requirements in staying warm, yet do not suffer from obesity or other typical health problems. In fact, they did not even have a word for cholesterol until we gave them one! Of course, we live different lifestyles from Eskimos and naturally need to feed ourselves differently. However, this example shows that fat can be perfectly healthy provided it is in sync with your personal requirements. Most people's requirements are a lot more moderate, although their biology is identical. Ask your grandchildren if they take during the war – a diet based on lard dripping – caused them to get fat, or develop high blood pressure. (The answer is No).

Fats are an essential part of any good diet. Your body was designed and has evolved to function best on a balance of the three macronutrients – carbohydrates, protein and fats. To take any one out would be disrupt the biology of your body. Fats will never be the reason why you are having trouble shifting that weight that just will not go. However, too much fats (like anything) or the wrong types of fats can wreak havoc with your health (and physique).

An important thing to understand is the way that fats react inside the body. They are broken down slowly within the digestive tract and then processed by the liver, where they can be stored or released directly into the blood stream as triglycerides (blood-borne fat). Once in the blood stream, they can be used by the muscles for low-intensity work or the internal organs to power the daily processes of life.

Because fats are released slowly (and slow down the rate energy-release of foods they are consumed with) they are extremely good at stabilizing blood sugar levels. Controlling blood sugar levels is arguably the most important aspect of weight management, and any clients of mine will be all too unfamiliar with lectures on how to achieve this.

However, fats can have their downside, too. If you eat the wrong types of fat, you are getting almost no nutritional value for your increased energy consumption. You can also distort the profile of fats within your body so that biological processes become compromised and the bloodstream starts to become clogged-up. What I am referring to is Saturated Fats and, in particular, to the modern phenomenon of Trans-Fats.

Saturated are so-called because of there genetic structure; they are a hydro-carbon and every carbon molecule available attaches itself to the maximum number of hydrogen molecules, basically 'saturating' itself in hydrogen molecules. Saturated fats are found in products like animal meat, butter, etc and are generally referred to as 'the bad fats'. Eaten to excess and this is entirely accurate. Because of their molecular shape they clump together very well, becoming quite hard – if you are left with build-up of unused saturated fats, they will find their way into your blood stream and accumulate as hardened surplus, furring up your arms and making themselves available for fat storage.

Choosing 'bad' saturated fats over their unhealthy unsaturates causes problem on a more general scale, too. You replace every cell in your body at least every six months, and, when you create a new cell, the cell membrane is made out of fat. The fluid-like properties of polyunsaturated fat make it perfect for the job. When a deficiency of polyunsaturated fat exists (caused by an intake of the wrong type of fats, or a complete phobia of dietary fat) your body is forced to use poorly-fitted saturates. Their hard, clumpy properties ensure that homeostasis (your body's process of balancing) is compromised, potentially causing problems.

However, saturated fats are not entirely bad – we need a small amount for everyday biological functions (which is why there is saturated fat in breastmilk) and it can be well-utilized by the body for energy. The key thing to remember is that it is an excess of saturated fats within the diet that can cause problems – but if you adhere to the common-sense balance that nature dictated, as cavemen did, you will not have to deal with the issues stated above.

Trans fats, on the other hand, have absolutely no value to the human body and their consumption should be avoided. Trans fats are those that begin life as healthy polyunsaturates but have been chemically modified ( trans formed) through the processes of heating, oxidation and hydrogenation. Food manufacturers do this on purpose because it turns the oils rancid, thus preserving its lifespan. However, the change in state means that these oils' healthy C-shaped molecules into I-shaped molecules, which now easily stick to one another in clumps, making an oil turn solid.

It is this 'clumping together' to solidify that explains why trans-fats tend to be solid at room temperature, just like saturated fats, while their planned brothers remain liquid / oil. An example of this is margarine – and whilst the adverts cheerfully tell us that there are Omega 3s in their wonderful product, they do not publicize the fact that they are in fact corrupted beyond use within this man-made toxin. The traditional choice of butter would be much wiser.

Clearly, there are plenty of fats worth sidestepping. However, so keen are we as a society to do this, we marginalize the intake of the 'good' fats. These are the mono-unsaturates and poly-unsaturates – our essential fatty acids (EFAs). An essential fatty acid is so called because these are fats that the body can not manufacture on its own, so they have to be introduced in the diet for optimum health.

There is plenty of promotion within the media of Omega 3s and Omega 6s – these are both forms of polyunsaturated fat and good for health. What is not always communicated to the public is that the ratio between these two is extremely important. The ratio should be between 1: 1 and 4: 1 – that is to say, 4 parts Omega 6 to every 1 part Omega 3. However, the average Western diet has a ratio of 20: 1 – therefore it is vital to increase the Omega 3s within your diet – this comes with eating the right fats.

Flaxseed oil and other undamaged oils, nuts, seeds and fish will all help bring this back balance to provide the right amount of EFAs within the body. (They will all also help stabilize your blood sugar levels, helping weight control amongst other benefits). This will help in many ways, but there are two generic benefits that will help everyone. First, they are converted within the body to a hormone-like substance called prostaglandins; as well as having a calming effect on the individual, they lower cholesterol and 'purify' the blood-stream. Second, taking in enough EFAs ensures there is enough available for production of new cells (the cell membrane of every new cell should have made out of oily EFAs) – this avoids many issues, including insulin resistance. There are many other benefits on top of these two, including alleviating joint pain and skin conditions. The message is that you will find your body becoming unexpectedly out of balance, unless you eat the fats that nature intended us to.

When it comes to your consumption of fats, the message is to use common sense and take in an appropriate amount for your needs. For almost all of the population, this means plenty of oils, fish, nuts, seeds; a sufficient intake of meats; moderate use of cheese; and complete avoidance of pastries, sausage rolls and margarine. All non-athletes who are looking to lose weight would benefit from the moderation ( not elimination) of carbohydrates / increasing fats and proteins, as this move has a beneficial effect on stabilizing blood sugar levels.

Any expert who promotes an extreme diet is clearly anything but. There are examples of diets based on sound science that become useless and dangerous in the long-term because they ignore the body's need for a sensible mixture of both macronutrients (carbs, proteins and fats) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). Extreme regimes will necessitate a change in your body's function – only ignorant or arrogant people would want to change something that has operated perfectly for thousands of years.

Therefore, it is vital that you follow a balanced eating plan, making use of the bounty nature has bequeathed us – this includes fats. To get the right balance, I suggest you follow natures lead and eat to match the mixture that evolution dictated (eg the paleolithic diet). Like many things, be it diet choices or even your exercise order, you should always make your choice based on facts, not the opinions of others. Most importantly, the facts tell us not to scare off unhealthy fats by the ignorance of others.

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Phobias That Create the Fear of Flying

The fear of flying may be considered one type of phobia, but it can also be a combination of several phobias. People who have a fear of flying also state that they are fearful of being in small enclosed spaces, which is claustrophobia. They may also have a fear of heights, which is classified as acrophobia. Also, the fear of not having control over a situation has created great fear in people when it comes to traveling by plane.

These different types of phobias can cause the fear of flying. The fear of flying is widely known because traveling by plane is usually hard to avoid. This fear can keep you from going on vacation to great places, or attending important events with friends and family. It plays a significant effect on the type of career you pursue. Most business people have to travel for company events. This will cause a problem if you are not able to get to important business meetings and events.

Commercial air travel has caused major problems for people because the anxiety has created the fear. When this anxiety interferes with a person's ability to travel by plane, it creates the paralysis of the fear of flying. This great distress over flying has caused people to have extreme symptoms of serious illness that include vomiting and panic attacks.

Other Factors That Cause Fear Of Flying

Other factors that add to the fear of flying include the media adding to the emotional frenzy by sensationalizing a plane crash. The media reports the same incident several times during a breaking news story and then again repeatedly on the news programs which run repeatedly throughout the day. The same attention is not given to an automobile crash, which happens much more frequently.

There are hundreds of flights that leave from and return to airports all across the country each day without incident. Another misunderstanding that people have which can cause a fear of flying is not having an understanding of the science of aviation. People have the misconception that the engine on a plane is what supports the plane while in the air.

They are under the notification that if the engine were to stop the plane would come crashing down to the ground. The engines main purpose is to give the plane power to more through the air quicker and stay at the proper altitude for long distances. Actually, all planes can glide without an engine. Not understanding how aviation works can create a persons' fear of flying.

Get Educated

Getting educated about the facts of flying can greatly remove a person's fears. Learning how planes fly, how they are operated, and other aspects of aviation can assist people with overcoming their fear of flying.

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Fear of Flying Courses – The Best Cure For Your Phobia

Aerophobia, the word your normally encounter when you hear the phrase fear of flying. This phobia of flying is common to everyone. You can witness a lot of individuals who are anxious whenever they ask to take flights. A fear of flying may signify flying in an aircraft or a result from another kind of fear like claustrophobia or acrophobia. This is a fear of being trapped in an empty space and scared of heights. Some common phobias are fear of not being on hold of the environment or situation, scarred of a terrorist attacked, fear of water and scared of fear itself.

If in your profession you have to travel from other parts of the country by land can cause anxiety attack then you must do something about this. In your family, such phobia will hinder you from visiting them and your friends during holidays or special family reunions. Such fear will hinder you from improving your quality of life.

The anxiety of a human being who is suffering from fear of flying can have these usual symptoms that are felt when they have anxiety attack. These include nausea, vomiting, tightness of chest or throat, can not breathe normally, difficulty to swallow, excessive sweating, shivering and even extreme panic attack that will lead to hyperventilating. It is uneasy for the patient as well as those individuals around him since they feel helpless every time you are under such condition. If the patient who has this type of phobia and experienced attacks such as this, it will only worsen his disorder.

Coping with phobia in flying is really necessary for a person who is afraid of heights. There are so many ways on how to treat such illness. Some under fear of flying courses. While others undergo therapy, read self-help books and listen to audio tapes. For those who have enough resources they can try to do virtual reality sessions that are said to be also very effective treatment. Medication can also be an option together with the other procedures mentioned above. However, it is advisable to not depend too much on the medication, focus on the therapy. It is found that most of the patients can not successfully cope with the fear without going through such form of treatment.

For people who are suffering fear of flying should really consult a professional on how to treat their disorder. Your fear is not a valid reason to limit your opportunities in improving the quality of your life. Keep in mind, you need to take flights when traveling to long distances since this is the most convenient way of reaching your destination. Air travel has been the much preferred means of traveling whether for leisure or business purposes.

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How to Get Rid of Your Tooth Ache When You Have Dentist Phobia?

You may have some traumatic experience with the dentist before that cause you to be very relevant to visit the dentist. I remember when I was a kid of seven-year-old, I was sent to see the school dentist, I was not ready to lose both my teeth at all, but the dentist just extracted my teeth by force that was the most horrible experience I had with a dentist.

To treat your tooth ache without the help of dentist, here are some tooth ache remedies you can use them at the comfort of your home. Chewing raw onion for approximately 3 minutes is sufficient to kill all the germs in the mouth and ensure protection from host of tooth disorders.

First, you can place a piece of onion big enough to cover the affected tooth area. Then leave it on the tooth for half an hour to kill bacteria and help in pain relief.You may also bite and chew the onion for 2–3 minutes. This will release the antiseptic qualities of the onion and help the pain to subside.

Second, you can use salt water as your tooth ache cure. Brush your teeth using fine salt. Do this when you wake up every morning and before bedtime at night. This will eliminate your tooth ache. Beside, you may also swig your mouth with peppermint-salt water for few seconds until you finish the water in your glass to prevent dental cavities, bad breath, bleeding from the gums, painful gums, and toothaches.

Third, use ice as your teeth relief. Ice can help numb the ache and, more importantly, it reduces swelling. This should help with the pain. Apply ice by putting some ice cubes in a plastic bag and putting them into a handkerchief, or a small towel. Place the ice on the cheek where the affected tooth is. Remember never place the ice directly onto your skin, however, as it can cause frostbite.

The above tooth ache remedies should help relieve your pain without the help of a dentist. However, if your tooth ache remains, it is important to visit your dentist in time since your fear of dentist. I understand that you have phobia on dentist, but most importantly, you need to know what you are most fearful of. For example, is it the tooth extraction? Tooth filling? Pliers Views? Drilling sound created? Yelling of the dentist or assistant? If you can identify specifically what your fear is and clear it, it would be helpful to clear your phobia on dentist.

This article is shared as a good will from the writer. The readers of this article should exercise all rulings while following the above instructions from this article. As each individual has different oral conditions, it would not be surprising to see different results. Therefore, the results and the responsibility lie with the readers, not the site, and the writer. We still suggest you to go for professional dental consultation whenever needed.

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Top 10 Rare and Strange Phobias

Many people have fear of many things, like height, death, water, clouds, fight, and many more, but this fear, when becomes unreasonable and excessive, becomes a phobia. It depends upon your nerves as to when you lose self-control and become unable to compose yourself. This fear of a certain thing beyond sanity is called Phobia.

Phobia is an intense, irrational and constant fear of certain things, situations, activities or even people. This is a mental disorder, which, if not over, disturbs ones personal, social and economic life; it may be directed to a traumatic situation which one can not overcome.

Fear to a certain extent and of reasonable things is rational, but some people have phobias of very common things, which happen to be part of our everyday lives, or which are too harmless to be even afraid of, and even some of those can not be avoided in our daily routine. Following are the top ten rare and strange phobias:

Ablutophobia

It is the phobia of washing, cleaning and bathing, and is usually found in women and children who are not emotionally stable.

Chorophobia

Dancing is an expression of joy and cheerfulness; can anyone be fearful of dancing? Yes, people have this phobia too!

Koumpounophobia

Can someone be afraid of buttons? Koumpounophobia is a fear of buttons; people suffering from it might be afraid of similar things like discs, coins, etc.

Arachibutyrophobia

Another strange and funny phobia is the fear of peanut butter sticking to the top of your mouth, called Arachibutyrophobia. People, having this fear, do not chew rather swallow peanut butter.

Phobophobia

This is an interesting one; the phobia of developing a phobia. One has the fear that one might develop a phobia which is actually a phobia. This is more of a psychological condition than a phobia.

Estiophobia

A very strange phobia is estiophobia; fear of clothes. The sufferers are not afraid of the all kind of clothes but of a certain type and material. Moreover, it is found in people who are fat and middle aged; they think that clothes make them look shabbier.

Caligynephobia

Can you imagine anyone being scared of the beauty? Yes, there are many people who fear beautiful women, this is called caligynephobia. This can be found in adolescent children and men who might not have straight orientation.

Scopophobia

Scopophobia is the fear of being looked at; it is a real weird one as everyone looks at someone at some point in time. Here, it might lead to social cut-off of the sufferer.

Euphobia

One always welcomes good news, but some people have the fear of hearing good news. They are not afraid of hearing a good news but of its consequences, as they believe that a good news is always followed by a bad one.

Allodoxaphobia

The last but not the least, people are afraid of opinions of other people; especially regarding what other people opine about their personality, clothes, job, home, everything.

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Are You a Victim of Dental Phobia? Read This

Dental phobia might be a less popular category in the list of world-famous phobias, but it can be more serious than most of them. Obviously, the fear of something within us is far more affecting than the fear generated by an external circumstance.

Dental phobia can be treated as a branch of further serious and broadly prevalent 'disease phobia'. Basically, it is the fear of getting your physical safety in jeopardy or rather the fear of overcoming an illegally situation where pain is the only uncertainty. It is the fear of being unwarned about what you might be subject to in case of a dental issue or emergency. Neverheless, there is no point in getting into the psychic details of the issue. Putting things in a simpler language, the sum total of the problem equals to the fear of the problem. Now it is up to you to decide whether you are suffering from a problem or from the fear of it. The answer will tell you whether you qualify as a 'dental phobic' or a 'dental patient'.

If you suspect that you are suffering from dental phobia then consider yourself luckier than those suffering from other phobic disorders. Now, no one would have given you such a notice but read on and you will discover why.

Dental issues can be easily detected through minimal investigational examination. If you are not suffering from any sort of present or pending dental threat your dentist will you a clean chit within no time. For this simple reason, as a dental phobic, you are better off than other phobia victims like disease phobia or germ phobia. While a health phobic would need to spend thousands of dollars on laboratory tests and screening, you can satisfy your phobia simply by having your teeth looked up by a dentist.

Fear of dentists does not make you a patient of dental phobia. More than 60 percent of the dental patients feel vulnerable when they are left at the mercy of their dentists. Especially children fit well in this category. There are many natural causes that justify an individual's fear about having a dental treatment or procedure. As you may have heard before, we all fear the unknown.

This is what happens when you face the prospect of having a dental treatment carried out. You can not see what is being done inside your mouth and all the drilling, scrubbing and polishing sounds created by the dental equipments create grotesque images in your mind. Your memories from your past treatment experiences or a painful treatment undergone as a child is more than enough to trigger a general fear about dental issues and consequent treatment requirements.

The point is – you may not be of an irrational mindset in fearing about a possible dental problem. Understanding the fact that being afraid is normal can alleviate your doubts of phobia almost completely. Note, even the dentist treating you might be as scared as you are if he is forced to face a dental procedure that he normally performs on others without any hesitation.

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Blushing Phobia – When Blushing Becomes a Fear

Blushing Phobia, or rather Erythrobia, is a very common and learned fear harbored by chronic blushers. An excessive blusher with blushing phobia should not confuse their fear with the original cause of blushing. Typically, the blushing problem arises because a person is dealing with unknown yet treatable health issues along with deeply rooted insurities. It can seem like a cruel joke when the fear of blushing becomes another cause of blushing, turning into something as debilitating as a phobia that disruptions daily life.

Erythrobia occurs when a blusher expects to blush, fears blushing in front of people and is terrified of what others think. This is a very traumatizing phobia, as no one wants his or her emotions to be so transparent. Sufferers of chronic blushing feel like they're walking around with a big sign on their forehead stating “I'm nervous!” Egypt “I feel shy!” An intenet fear of blushing and a fear of certain situations where people will see their red-faces are all a part of developing Erythrobia. Other sub-phobias can even surface … such as fears of specific people or places. This can be very devastating and the blusher might begin experiencing depression. If this is the case, try to avoid depression or anxiety medications, as once the blushing problem is cured, these symptoms will fade away as you regain confidence.

When someone has a Blushing Phobia, the actual blushing occurs in response to the anticipation of it and the blushers tend to send their body into a state of fight-or-flight mode. Wanting the blushing to stop and wanting to run away all at once causes most people to tense up and hold their breath or breath shallowly. Breathing lowly indicates to the brain that this is a threatening situation in which pain is involved. This is why one of the best ways to conquer your blushing phobia is to start relaxing and breathing deeply during your blushing attacks. This will seem very unnatural at first, but try practicing every chance you get. You might even notice a difference within a few days.

This is only the first step though. A blushing phobia, or any phobia for that matter, is highly interwoven into who you are – into your daily routines, thoughts and perceptions. Erythrobia is the manifestation of all your fears around blushing: how your skin looks in front of people, if it's really noticeable, if people are judging you, if your friends think your weird, etc. Blushers can find the best relief through daily hypnosis and meditation, through which you'll find that blushing is not something to be afraid you'll watch yourself beginning to control it. After no time at all, your Blushing Phobia will be long gone and you'll start looking forward to social events, dates, meetings and so on.

One of the best things a blusher with Erythrobia can do is join a forum, where others with social anxiety can discuss how they feel. This helps reduce feelings of loneliness and shows that they're not alone.

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Some Good Advice For Fear of Flying – Why You Should Overcome Your Phobia

I'm sure you already know that air travel is the most efficient transport method, by far. You can only get to some places on a plane without spending an eternity to get there. Obviously, many people now rely on it, be it going on a good holiday, or for business trip.

If you're reading this article, I'm guessing that you have a little problem with traveling by plane. I'm also guessing that you experience the following while you're in one:

– Nausea
– Excessive anxiety
– Cold sweat
– Clammy hands
– Panic attacks

If you do get any one of those while in flight, you may have a fear of flying.

You might have already guessed that having a fear of flying is bad news, especially if you have a flight to catch soon. It just turns the whole trip into a waking nightmare. It could even get so bad that you may just stop going to the airport, because you get nervous at the mere thought of flying.

Well, what are you going to do about it? Sure, you can avoid getting on a plane forever, but that's not going to help your phobia one bit. Even worse, what if something comes along and practically forces you to fly, when you have not for ages?

Imagine this: Your cousin is getting married in a month's time, and she wants you to be at her wedding. The thing is, she's going to hold it in Paris, where her fiance lives, and you're an ocean away from there. What do you do?

Do you decline her invitation? That's probably not a good idea. Not only is that insulting to your cousin, it would also make you feel guilty, because it's not because you're too busy to go … it's because you're just too scared of flying.

You might be asking yourself now, 'What can I do then?'

Here's my answer: Get over your fear of flying. Start looking for a fear of flying remedy, and cure it. It's that simple.

You may have attempted to fix it once before, but for some reason it did not work out. That's okay, because it does not happen overnight. What you need to know is that perseverance is key. You need to want to cure it before it gets cured, so keep that in mind.

There's no more excuse to hide from your fears. Someone or something, for some reason, wants you to get on a plane, and you can not back out of it without causing any inconvenience to them. Since there's no option but to do it, why not start learning how to overcome your fear of flying now?

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How Panic Attacks Can Lead to Phobias

Panic attacks affect millions of people worldwide. There are an estimated 20 million in North America alone. The burden of suffering from panic attacks and anxiety disorders in general is not borne by the sufferer alone. If you consider the costs carried by the health care industry, days off work and the cost of emergency services, then you can see that the cost is also rented by society.

Add to that the stress of the family who must compensate for the consequences of this illness. The good news is that panic disorders can be treated and the success of the treatment can be long term and complete. Panic attack sufferers can regain control of their lives and live it to the full.

But let's look at what happens when sufferers do not seek treatment. This can happen for a number of reasons. They may be accused to admit that they are not in control of their feelings, they may realize that what they fear is not really there but they can not help fearing it anyway. They may think that the coping mechanisms they have in place will do the job fine and there is no need to involve other people in the problem.

The trouble is that these coping mechanisms may lead to further problems. Quite often, the sufferer of panic attacks goes to such lengths to avoid the situation or object that was involved in their first attack that a phobia develops. Avoidance behavior can result become extreme to the point of affecting that person's quality of life.

One of the classic consequences of a panic attack is the fear of another one. This can sometimes be more potent than fearing the attack itself. In this case, that person will go out of their way way to avoid the situation or thing that is related to their first attack. For example, they may have experienced their first attack in a crowded place like a supermarket. They then avoid going to a supermarket and either shop on-line or get family or friends to do the shopping instead. This is such a successful strategy that it may develop into a return to go out at all. Before you know it, agoraphobia has set in.

While this may be a simplistic explanation, it does exceptionally illustrate the process. You can imagine the same happening if the first attack took place in a lift, or while flying. Those people would take care never to be in a lift or a plane again and soon their lifestyle is affected. Maybe the former would only consider renting apartments on the ground floor; the latter leaves their job rather than have to fly to business meetings.

As stated above, no-one has to live like this. There are very successful treatments. The most difficult step to take is the first – admitting that there is a problem. After that, it is a matter of finding the right method for each person.

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Get Rid of Them With Phobia Hypnotherapy

Achluophobia, novercaphobia, verophobia … what DOES this word “phobia” mean? A phobia is a fear. There are literally hundreds of “phobia” words which describe the different forms of fear and anxiety people hold. Fear of not being good enough. Fear of failure. Fear of relationships, fear of success or unsuccessful-ness, fear of action, fear of spiders, fear of heights, fear of people, space and circumstances. Last but not least, tropophobia: a fear of change. If you suffer from a phobia, consider phobia hypnotherapy and scientifically proven psychological strategies to help you regain your life. Everyone has the power to overcome their fears – some people just need a little help finding it.

What many people do not realize is that phobias are not “just the way I am”. Phobias are more often than not rooted in some event from a person's past which had such a strong, lasting impression that they develop a phobia to in response. This is similar to one-trial learning, for example, someone might get food poisoning from a fish and in the future just the smell of fish can be enough to make them feel ill, meaning they avoid it. Similarly, phobias can occur from just one incident but they can also stem from repeated accidents in someone's past. The difference is that it's easy to avoid eating fish without a serious impact on the quality of life.

Phobias, on the other hand, can seriously degenerate a person's ability to lead a full and active life as part of society. Hypnotherapy and other mind techniques are effective ways of combing and overcoming phobias. Phobias can limit where we go, what we eat, what we wear, and what time of day we leave the house … Even the relatively simple fear of heights can affect our ability to work in an office building. The list is potentially endless as the fear and anxiety felt by each individual makes its presence felt individuous ways.

When I have a patient who wants to overcome their phobia, the first thing I will do is use phobia hypnotherapy to discover the past event from which their phobia stems. The object of the fear and anxiety may be the cause of the phobia developing, or it could be mentally associated with the cause. Once pinpointed, I will desensitise the patient from the event. A common way to o this is to associate your phobia with something good, where in the past it has been associated with something negative. This is a type of learning which psychologists refer to as “classical conditioning”. As far back as the 20s, American psychologists Watson and Rayner were conducting experiments to teach “Little Albert”, an 11-month old boy to fear a white rat. They did this by banging a sheet of metal behind the baby whenever theyave him the rabbit.

Little Albert soon began to show fear reactions to the white rat even when the loud noise was not made, and extended this fear to a white rabbit. Today, this is considered extremely unethical but the principal is similar to one method of overcoming phobias that we use today. To classically condition people out of phobias, many therapists have developed exercises to slowly associate a phobia with “good” (such as a desert) instead of bad. This can be successful even to the stage that a person with arachnophobia can eat a cake with a spider on the table in front of them. The aim is always the same: to desensitize the patient from their fear by creating a warm, safe, rewarding environment and gradually introducing the phobia to it.

When this desensitization has been achieved, I will begin a program of hypnotic suggestion, metaphor and possibly neuro-linguistic programming (NLP). Metaphor, hypnotherapy and NLP are techniques which will help the patient to establish a new template to see the previously feared situation (phobia), object or circumstance in a different and non-threatening light – they literally gain a new perspective on the situation, one which eliminates the need for fear. NLP is a strong psychological tool to use whenever you are in a situation when you feel your phobia may once again over you.

With phobia hypnotherapy and including the use of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), I am able to create with my patients a new fear free way of looking at the world until their fear of heights is so far behind them they can sky dive. Let me show you the easy way you can release yourself from the uncertain world of fear to start a better future and live in a fulfilled and outstanding life!

Do not underestimate the powers of hypnotherapy, or yourself to confront your phobia. The object of your fear may seem like the most powerful force in the world but with some willpower and help along the way, I can show you how to diminish your phobia and see it for what it really is: an obstacle between you and a happy , fulfilling, outgoing, exciting and adventurous lifestyle! Take action now and be your own MOMENTUM MAKER in only one single session!

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Phobia-Dentist Disconnect

If you want to know why there is such an ingrained connection in our society between the words phobia-dentist, just observe the media or art, especially movies or commercials. Even though the dental profession has taken many positive steps towards making dental treatment more comfortable for the public, the negative image of mean, aloof and uncaring dentists and painful dentistry has been “drilled” into the minds of the public psyche for years. Unfortunately that trend still exists today.

Two television commercials I saw recently made my eye and confirmed my observations. The first one showed a helpless old woman in a dental chair with her eyes fixed in fright. She is lying back in the chair with cotton rolls, gauze and dental instruments sticking out of her open mouth. The dentist, with mad eyes and smirk smile, approached her with a needle the size of Rhode Island. I surprised whether it was an ad for the Society for the Protection of Sadists and Masochists or recruitment for the American Nazi Party. Nope! It's for a diet soft drink. I did not get the connection, but obviously, the advertising executives thought that it would sell more of the soda.

The other commercial shows a dentist standing over his patient. From his demeanor, you can tell that he is obviously in a hurry. He is muttering to himself and his patient that he has until 11:30 to do something. Then, he leaves his patient, and his dental assistant takes over. She approaches the patient with that same crazy stare and a high-pitched whining hand piece. She assures the patient with the following statement, “Do not worry, I'm used to doing this.” The message is clear. Ordering office supplies from an office supply store at a discounted rate and free shipping is obviously more important to this dentist than caring for his patient.

These are just two examples of the exaggerated and negative depictions of dentists and the fear-provoking nature of dental treatment. They are among the reasons that contribute to why people are so afraid of dental treatment and dentist phobias are so common. There are many other examples of the unfair slant on the betrayal of the dental profession by the arts and the media. Other than advertisements of fluoride toothpastes or whitening agents and 800Dentist, it is sad that even in 2010, there are still few if, any positive, dental advertisements depicting dentists in a more favorable light, where the connection between the words phobia-dentist can start to be broken.

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How to Stop Phobias

To show you how long phobias have been with us there was a doctor, overwhelmed with terror as soon as he heard the first note of a flute being played. He would cower away from the sound of the flute as quickly as he could in horror from the noise. The name of the doctor was Hippocrates, and the fear is called aulophobia. Who would think that the sound of a melodic instrument would cause such anguish?

Phobias are very debilitating to the individuals that suffer from them and there are as many different kinds of phobias as there are people that have a fear of them. There are 3 types: single, social and agoraphobia. The first is avoiding your particular fear. It could be a certain place situation or an object. The second is for people who fear losing control in public gatherings because they think other people are watching them and waiting for them to humiliate themselves. The third is agoraphobia: a fear of unfamiliar places.

In all of them is an impulse of fear and of having a sudden attack and losing control. It is not being in control, which is the fear. A phobia is always irrational, it is thinking of it that causes the fear. You have to avoid thinking negative and seeing terrifying images. You have to think positively. Write down positive thought that will help you to overcome your fear when you have to deal with it. Not confronting your fear means you will never free yourself of it.

Try exposing yourself a little at a time. If you have fear of spiders (arachnophobia) looking at a picture of one for a few seconds and slowly increasing the time you look can have a beneficial effect. Then when you are at ease with that look at a dead one and then when you can agree with that a live one until absolutely you can control your fear of spiders. This method can be applied to all phobias by adapting it to your particular fear. Each time you feel some fear, tackle your fears head on a bit at a time and you will see your worse fears do not happen.

Here are 7 ways to help you control your phobias:

1. Games with the mind: Is a good way of taking your mind of your phobia when you feel an attack is imminent. Time your breathing repeatedly over 10 seconds (the slow the better) do mental arithmetic in your head, occupy your time in something that needs your undivided attention is a good way to take your mind off your fear.

2. Thought patterns and the length of them is a good indicator to when you are going to have an outbreak of your fear. Grade them on whether they are high or low intensity. If you know what activates them you have the means to be able to teach yourself to controlling them.

3. If you give yourself positive thought on reasonably results and do not stray into areas of negativity which might trigger your fear; you have a better chance of success if you stay optimistic Think: “there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow or when I get on that plane I am 3 hours away from those sandy beaches and the waves breaking on the shore . Not: “the planes going to crash if I get on it.

4. Operating in relative calm with the fear of an attack at anytime hanging over you is a big accomplishment. Successfully dealing with it gives you a possible way of finding an answer to controlling your phobia.

5. If you suffer from frequent attacks it may be because you are sensitive to caffeine. People that get repeated outburst are more than likely very sensitive to caffeine. You need to remember that you also get caffeine in tea and some soft drinks, as well as coffee so check the can or bottle before you drink.

6. Adrenalin plays a big part in panic attacks, because you have excessive amounts in your body during an unexpected incident. To burn up the adrenalin you must move around or exercise, do not sit cringing waiting for it to go away.

7. If for some reason you can not move around try tensing and releasing the muscles in your body. The big muscles like your thigh, arms and legs or whichever muscle you can use. This will help to disperse the adrenalin.

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What Causes Phobias?

Fear is one thing that has been existent since the beginning of time. It is said that it is a channel which keeps a person from immediately jumping on to something difficult or dangerous as it may harm him or her. On the other hand, fear is hated by others as something that is a major burden – what keeps a person from trying out and exploring beautiful things in nature, even from vast possibilities and opportunities, preventing him or her to gain success that already lies ahead of him or her. In contrast, some other people say that fear is a driving force. It is a positive thing because it is the ultimate test of a certain person's capacity to live and survive in this dangerous world. Actually, whether fear is a burden, a challenge, or a warning, it is universally acknowledged that it is objectively a negative and subjectively a heavy feeling, something either to be scared and faced head on or turned away from. To some people fear is a consequence – a result of hurtful or dark situations that already happened and experienced before, such as calamities, crimes, mystery, and even embarrassment – something that happened and that a person would never, as in never, want to encounter again. As a result, excessive fear promotes withdrawal. All these believed to having been contributing to what causes phobias.

Phobia is a major anxiety which is experienced whenever a person is exposed to something, someone, or somewhere he or she is extremely scared of. Several examples of phobia are Agoraphobia (fear of open spaces), Anemophobia (fear of wind), Arrhenophobia (fear of men), Arachnophobia (fear of spiders), and many more. Having a phobia is such a burden because it has many implications, mainly on the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of a person. Physically, a person with phobia is affected by keeping himself or herself from the functions and benefits of the feared object. For example, a hydrophobic person is compromised of hygienic privileges since he or she refuses any contact to water. Mentally, his or her thought process is heavily affected due to improper or appropriate rationalization of existence of things. As for the emotional aspect of the person, his or her social preference and lifestyle are dramatically changing because he or she tends to be excessively on-guard of him or herself. He or she usually insiders exclusion of his or her feared object from any subject of his or her friends and significant others, affecting his or her relationship with them. Phobias are indeed disturbing in terms of the person's personality change. That's why many people wonder what causes phobias.

What causes phobias? A direct factor involved is the chronic accumulation or abrupt impact of traumatic experiences from certain objects, also referred to as the feared object. This is what causes phobias. However, fear is a normal response to whatever it is that inflicted pain on the person (physically or emotionally). It's just that as time passes by, fear must be gradually neutralized. Continuous and worsening fear implications ineffective coping of the person. He or she now builds a bizarre thought which is already make-believe. These become wild, irrational thoughts and they actually persist therefore contribute more fear. The basic cure would be a preliminary exposure to the feared object and repeated explanation regarding its reality. It is indeed really helpful knowing what causes phobias.

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Panic Attacks Self Help For Driving Phobias

Panic Attacks can be triggered by anything. In my case – driving is what generally would have caused my anxiety attack. If you experience panic attacks self help methods that include natural techniques of dealing with anxiety are in my opinion – by far the safest and most efficient way of getting rid of anxiety for good.

It was not until much later that I was properly diagnosed with suffering from an anxiety disorder. I never suffered with panic and anxiety attacks before, never mind experiencing one while I was driving. Those who relate with my experience can fully understand just how terrifying the experience is.

Here is my story of how I overcame panic attacks through self-help methods and got back on driving without worry or panic:

My Attack Occurred While Driving Into Town

I was driving into town one evening with my wife – to celebrate our anniversary – when all of a sudden I started to feel quite odd. I could not really say how I felt but I was not being myself. I started my wife – cause she asked me what was going on and I remember telling her that “I do not feel good, I need to pull over quickly!”

My Panic Attack Felt Like A Heart Attack

I started to get light headed and dizzy. My palms were all of a sudden wet and sweaty. Thankfully I managed to pull over from the road. My heart was thumping quickly and I was shaking violently, my breathing changed and I felt a tightness in my chest. I thought I was having a heart attack! This rented for 20 minutes and felt like the most frightening experience I had ever gone through and I would not wish for anyone to experience.

I was told I was having a Panic Attack

When the paramedics arrived – they probed me quickly and told me that I was having an anxiety attack and not a heart attack. Theyave me a tranquilizer and within 5 minutes I was beginning to calm down.

My Doctor Confirmed The Paramedic's Conclusion and I was Given A Course of Anti-Depressants and Anxiety Medication

My doctor diagnosed me with suffering from an anxiety disorder and that the best method of treating it was through anti-depressants and tranquilizers.

Back home my wife went over the instructions on how to take them was shocked and worried about the side effects associated with them. She was convinced that the side effects from these pills would be far worse that the attack itself. And she knew many of her friends that had become addicted and dependent to the tranquilizers and wanted to find more effective and less dangerous means of treating my anxiety disorder and fear of driving.

After hours of research and sifting through medical information on anxiety disorder we found the answer

For panic attacks self help methods seemed to have been tried successfully by many former sufferers. My wife and I spent days, sifting through the internet looking for self help cures, treatments and tips for overcoming panic attacks and fear of driving.

The most significant we came across –being able to overcome “the fear” of experiencing another attack – while driving. You see after the attack – I was living in fear of driving and was terrified of having another attack behind the wheel. I needed to drive to get to work and this became a problem for me, for my wife and my family. I learned I needed to deal with this “fear” of another episode – because this alone- could have triggered another attack.

If you think about it for just a moment – if you've just had a panic attack while you were driving – and had to go behind the wheel again – what is the first thing going through your mind? The very thing you are not expected to think of – the fear of having another attack. So you can understand why I believe that this is the most important element you learn to deal with through a panic attack self help program.

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