Five Tips To Help With The Fear Of Public Speaking

I realized the other day that some of the methods that helped my own speech and I now teach to people who stammer can be used for those with performance issues and the fear of public speaking.

Recent data suggests that people fear speaking in public more than they fear death. I would not have gone quite that far but I know that when I was faced with having to speaking in front of an audience I would feel like running away, or better still, wish for my presentation to be mysteriously canceled at the last minute.

It never was. If that had happened I would have felt like a cheat anyway. So, sometimes speaking in public is something we have to do. Here are a few insights that I offer and believe if, as a recovering stammerer I can do it then so can you.

Insight # 1 Use a stress reduction method before you speak

OK, so you can not get out of it, you have to speak in front of an audience so use a stress reduction method first. The one that I am familiar with is the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) . Tap with you fingertips on stress-relieving points mainly on the face and neck while acknowledging how you feel – e, g 'I feel scared of speaking in front of those people'. And it works – it reduces stress!

Insight # 2 Speak from your chest and project your voice

When you speak from your chest your speech feet anchored and strong. Speak from your chest and slightly down – imagine projecting your voice out at an angle of 30 degrees down from your chest.

Insight # 3 Eye contact and focal point

Have two or three focal points when you speak, usually just above your audience heads. Look your audience in the eyes as you feel appropriate – do not stare them out and do not look at them too little – and do not keep looking at one person all the time, they may think you fancy them.

Insight # 4 Pause

Do not waffle. Pause and count to three when you take a breath. It makes you look like you're in control even if you do not feel like you are. No one wants to listen to someone rabbiting on as they wring their hands and play with their glasses.

Insight # 5 Move

Do not stand in the same place all the time. You would not write a book in one paragraph so do not just stand there. Each time you make a new point walk a couple steps before you make your next point.

I've learned that it's better to accept a situation as best you can rather than fight it – what we resist persists. If you have to go on stage then these reviews will help you accept the situation a little more.

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Clown Phobia

Are you terrified of clowns? Do you experience nausea, shortness of breath or rapid heartbeat when thinking of clowns? Do you feel an urge to run as fast as you can from a clown? Do you avoid places where you could meet a clown at all costs? Or maybe your child gets really busy in circus or around clowns and you ask yourself why? If you answered `yes` to one or some of these questions you may be suffering from coulrophobia which is a phobia of clowns.

So, who can be affected by clown phobia? Do you think it`s unusual or common to be afraid of clowns?

Research shows that clowns can be scary for both children and adults. Clown phobia sees to be relatively common. A study conducted by the University of Sheffield shown that all 250 children (from four to sixteen years old) who voted on their preferences regarding redesign of British hospital expressed a fear or dislike of clowns.

What is the cause of clown phobia?

The fear of clowns usually originates in childhood and is connected with some odd experience. For instance a child that is used to his or her family and other people`s faces may get really anxious even terrified by an adult wearing a mask. In this case it may be very difficult if not impossible for the child to interpret the adults behavior. Fear of clowns can be also reinforced by graphic novels, horror literature and horror movies, where clowns are depicted as heartless murderers. For example Stephen King's movie It, which features a child-eating clown named Pennywise.

Is there a reason to be afraid ?. Circus clowns versus clown serial killers.

Circus clowns are funny people with oversized shoes and constant smile on their faces, comedians you usually meet in circus. You can also see them during various events or children parties. They are harmless. They wear colorful clothes, make funny noises and cause laughter. They joke making fun of everything around. However, there is also another image of a clown, often portrayed in movies, a scary, ominous figure with inscrutable, constant smile on his or her face. Clown – dangerous killer wearing a mask that hides his or hers true intentions or emotions. A person whose face does not change and remains comical, no matter what happens.

Research shows that clown phobia is rooted most firmly in the subconscious fear of the unknown. Masks are often associated with deceit because they hide the truth and the identity of the person wearing them. The permanent and exaggerated expressions on clown face makes it very difficult to interpret or read the clown's face.

Therefore, the adult or child is unable to predict or correctly determine the clowns actions. This kind of thing can make a person feel very uneasy around a clown or anyone else who wears a “permanent” expression.

Clown phobia is treated just like any other phobia and you or your child can easily learn to over it.

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How to Calm Your Fear of Driving Over Bridges: 9 Tips for Soothing Bridge Phobia

If you have bridge phobia (aka gephyrophobia), you suffer from a persistent fear of driving over bridges. Bridges are often the only passes across rivers and other waterways. Sometimes they're the main traffic arteries of coastal cities. Fear of bridges can make your world feel smaller, implying you within your neighborhood or town.

Your bridge phobia may take different forms. Perhaps you're afraid of the height of a particular bridge in your area. Or you may have problems with the openness, of not being able to see the other side. Maybe the fast moving traffic is hard for you. You may even fear you'll panic, pass out, and drive off the edge of a bridge.

But you can learn to soothe your bridge phobia. Just use the tips below. It's easier than you think!

Here are 9 tips to help you calm your fear of driving over bridges

1. Plan your route well in advance: This eliminates the unpleaser surprise of coming upon a bridge unexpectedly. Know where any bridges on your route are BEFORE you drive, and know when you'll be coming up to one.

2. Have some “me” time before you go: Take time out for yourself before your journey. Spend it doing anything you find pleasurable and relaxing. You can listen to music, take a bath, have your favorite snack, a refreshing walk – anything that soothes and nourishes your soul. You're about to do something hard. Give yourself something nice beforehand.

3. Visualize being successful: One of the ways athletes train for success is by visualizing the perfect pass, or shot, or golf swing before they take it.Studies have shown that imagining yourself accomplishing a task successfully greatly increases the likelihood you will be successful . See yourself crossing the bridge and getting safely to the other side. This will make it easier to actually do it.

4. Ask a friend to accompany you: Driving over bridges may be easier if you do not do it alone. Ask someone you trust to come with you, or at least talk with you on speakerphone when you're on a bridge. This helps keep your mind off your fear and on the present moment.

5. Pull over right before crossing: If possible, pull over before driving over bridges. Take a few deep breaths and once again visualize driving across successfully.Millions of people do it every day. You can too.

6. Focus on what's right in front of you: While on the bridge, try narrowing your field of visual focus. Do not look up or off to the sides. Keep your eyes right on the license plate of the vehicle in front of you or fixed on a stationary object such as a street sign.

7. Note the halfway mark: Mentally divide the bridge up into at least 2 sections. Notice when you reach one of the section marks, especially the halfway point. It's easier to tackle a bridge in portions instead of all at once. When you reach the halfway point, say out loud, “I'm at the halfway point.”

8. Put on your favorite music: Playing music while driving is very helpful. It helps distract your mind from fear. If possible, roll down your car windows to help you feel even more relaxed.

9. Congratulate yourself on the other side: Yeah, you did it! You crossed the bridge! Take note of your success and that you arrived safely and unharmed. Now would be another great time to give yourself something nice as a reward.

You CAN learn how to calm your fear of driving over bridges. It takes practice, but it's very doable. Use the tips above every time you experience bridge phobia. It gets easier the more you do it. I promise!

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Exam Phobia

Have you ever felt before an exam or a test that you can`t remember any names, dates, figures that you diligently studied through your coursework? Your mind becomes blank, you can`t gather your thoughts, you experience nausea, your legs are shaking, and all you want to do is run away? Or maybe you felt so terrified before an exam that you could not study properly or revise?

If you answered `Yes` to one or more of the above questions you might be suffering from exam phobia, defined as irrational, overwhelming, excessive and uncontrollable fear or dislike of exams.

Everyone get nervous before or during exams. While experiencing fear can be a positive thing as it can motivate you to harder work, phobia on the other hand is an amplified terror that has a negative impact on your life. Phobia makes your life very difficult as you do everything to avoid or if it`s not possible `survive with tremendous pain` the feared situation. In this state you can not access your full potential and achieve the results you deserve.

Exam phobia is very similar to a fear of public speaking.

So how can you recognize phobia? What is the meaning of phobia? Can you cure exam phobia?

Let`s say you are a good student who has been studying diligently throughout the year. You are ambitious, you know that this exam is important, you want to pass. There maybe also pressure from your parents who want you (that is their beloved child) to be the best. You want to be the best too, and you do not want to disappoint your parents. Before the exam you experience physical symptoms like insomnia, stomach cramps or dirrhea. You may not be able to eat or you eat too much. You start to wonder if you are good enough to pass this exam. Your confidence goes down. You start to believe you may fail. You imagine all the negative consequences. You become nervous. You feel overwhelmed. You feel down. You start sweating or maybe experience headaches. You begin to wonder if there is a point in reviewing if you are going to fail anyway.

At this point the fact that during the course you provided that you understood the subject and can discuss it with great insight and intelligence becomes irrelevant. You are so anxious that you start panicking, your mind goes blank, your heart start pounding, fear becomes so overwhelming that you can not breathe. During the exam you don`t remember well known facts, figures, names or dates. You can not summon up any of the facts or make any sort of argument, or coherent discussion.

You may know on a rational level that an exam is not a death sentence. It is just an assessment to see how well you understood a certain subject and how good your teachers have been in providing certain knowledge to you. You have performed your duty by studying for the exam and there are no consequences to be afraid if you can not answer all the questions. Even if you fail you can always repeat the exam. All of this does not matter if you suffer from exam phobia.

However, I have good news for you. Phobias are quite common (there is nothing to be accused of) and highly treatable. It is possible to cure phobia so I strongly encourage you to look for help.

Imagine how your life would look like without exam phobia.

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How Can People With OCD or Germ Phobias React to This Shocking Information?

Whether you call yourself a mysophobic, germaphobic, microphobic (Wikipedia.org lists them all), or simply OCD; you're going to have a reaction to the information in the January 2013 National Geographic. Here's a way to help you process this information in a safe and natural way that will optimize your physical health and possibly your emotional health as well.

The article starts: “When we inhale, our nostrils capture … a teeming community of bacteria and viruses. A few types may trigger allergies or asthma.” Far more rare are inhaled pathogens that are themselves the agents of diseases, such as SARS, tuberculosis, and influenza. ” But, the article continues, you can “… breathe easy: Most of the microbes in the air do us little or no harm, and some almost certainly do us good. The truth is, we still understand precious little about them” ( Nathan Wolfe “Small Small World: They're invisible. They're everywhere. And they rule.” National Geographic January 2013 p. 138).

The article goes on to describe an awful ecosystem staying inside our bodies whether we like it or not. The mass weight of all these microbes weighs more than our brain (about 3 pounds in the average adult). We do not want to keep them out or destroy them because we would die. In fact, when we tamper with this natural ecosystem we risk all kinds of health catastrophes.

They help in digestion, nutrient absorption, vitamin creation, anti-inflammatory protection, and immune protection. They keep our skin from cracking, the bad bacteria from taking over, and allergies from developing. They help regulate our weight and keep our intestinal walls clean, healthy and protected. Dealing with the invisible bad critters in our ecosystem is like controlling some dangerous predator in the forest ecosystem. To destroy one dangerous species allows another to take over and cause havoc.

For example the Staphylococcus aureus or (S. aureus) is typically a harmless bacterium if it is kept under control in a healthy body by other bacteria. About a third of us have it in our nostrils. But it can turn deadly if it's allowed to run wild. When it moves into other parts of the body like the skin, it can be as simple as a pimple but as dangerous as a life-threatening infection such as a flesh-eating disease, or it can create toxic shock syndrome.

What makes microscopic predators so dangerous is their resistance to antibiotics that we've taken from prescriptions but more importantly than the antibiotics in our food and water from fattening animals to bring them to market early. One of the reasons people choose organic meats and dairy is to get away from too many unnecessary antibiotics. Helpful, life-sustaining microbes get caught in the crossfire between antibiotics and the microbes they're trying to destroy. You've heard of superbugs, MRSA and the like. These predators gone wild can do a lot of damage, infecting even intravenous catheters and other hospital equipment.

So … back to the germaphobes. What can you do to keep this mass of living things in your body in healthy balance? First of all, you can start shaking hands and eating raw vegetables again. Populating yourself with a large diversity of microbes actually helps you stay healthy. You've given hearing of the teachers who appear to develop immunity from all the colds the children bring into their classes. Maybe they're just populating their ecosystems. Throw away the wipes and limit the use of germicidal products. Maybe you need people sneezing on you to help you stay healthy if you are already healthy and do not already have a compromised immune system.

Here are some other ideas:

Keep antibiotics to a minimum

Eat organic to avoid antibiotics in your meat and learn how to use immune boosters like medicinal herbs and Vitamin D3, especially when you're healthy.

Use essential oils

When you get a cold or another type of infection, find safer, natural ways of dealing with the out-of-control microbes. Dr. Daniel Penoel insists that in his 30+ year medical clinical career he has never seen essential oils used as antibiotics upset the microbial ecosystem of the body or create a “superbug.”

I've personally used them for over a decade for everything from disinfecting scratches and calming food poisoning symptoms to dealing with strep throat and bronchitis. Unlike prescription antibiotics that only target bacteria, essential oils take on viruses and fungi as well as bacteria. They're not as powerful or as many antibiotics, but that's their tremendous advantage. They reserve the natural balance in the body so at the end of a cold or bacterial infection, you're more energized than you would be if your body's microbial world had been assailed by antibiotics.

The National Geographic article claims that as much as forty percent of children who take broad-spectrum antibiotic react with antibiotic-related diarrhea. That is a symptom of an upset microbial ecosystem. And the article continues to tell us that antibiotics used early in life have long-lasting effects on our microbial ecosystem.

“We know how to disturb a [microbial] community,” says Katherine Lemon of the Forsyth Institute in Cambridge, MA and clinician at Boston Children's Hospital. “What we need to learn is how to coax it back into a healthy state.”

Coaxing your microbial ecosystem into a healthy state is other tremendous advantage of essential oils. Unlike a pill or a shot, essential oils can be taken internally, topically, and by breathing them from a cold-air diffuser. When you learn to use them safely, according to a few simple rules found on youroyelsentials.com you can experience great cleansing and balancing of the body – actually restoring your microbial ecosystem for healthier immunity and more optimized health.

Create your own probiotics and prebiotics

Then there are probiotics and prebiotics. Probiotics, especially those you get from affordable and easy-to-create-at-home fermented foods like kefir, home-cultured yogurt, and fermented vegetables like home-fermented sauerkraut and kimchee are your best sources of a broad spectrum of microbial balancing. Probiotic capsules restore only a fraction of what you get from homemade foods. The capsules are measured in the millions where the foods are measured in the billions and even trillion of live cultures. There is a thriving online community that shares recipes and success stories.

Prebiotics are the favorite foods of healthy microbes-raw fruits and vegetables with plenty of fiber. That may be one reason why a raw-food diet works for so many people.

Resources:

“Therapeutic-Grade Essential Oils Versus Synthetics” http://www.youroilessentials.com . This article will introduce you to a great website on the safe but effective in-home uses of essential oils.

“Vegetable Fermentation Further Simplified” is a good overview of fermentation. A Google search will lead you to multiple recipes. See http://www.wildfermentation.com

“How to Easily and Inexpensively Ferment Your Own Vegetables” Mercola.com. December 15, 2012. This will lead you to a whole series of great, well-researched articles on the health benefits of fermented foods.

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Obscure And Unusual Phobias – Strange But True!

All of us have fears of some description and to some degree, a fear of spiders, a fear of going to the dentist, a fear of heights, making a speech and so on. For many though, these fears go far, far deeper. They develop from being a simple, manageable “concern” to a persistent and intense fear which can be in relation to a specific object, organism or situation.

The definition of the word phobia is “a persistent, abnormal, and irrational fear of a specific thing or situation that compels one to avoid it, despite the awareness and reassurance that it is not dangerous” and that clearly explains the difference between a phobia and a general fear.

Phobias are very common in Western society with some estimating suggesting that up to as many as 1 in 5 people suffer at some stage in their lives but because many of these untreated figures are not possible. You only have to look at a list of official phobias although to realize the authenticity of the problem. There are hundreds on the list and, apart from the phobias that everyone knows such as claustrophobia; the fear of enclosed places, arachnophobia; the fear of spiders, aquaphobia; the fear of water, acrophobia; the fear of heights and so on there are some obscure, unusual and downright amusing (sometimes not for those suffering though) phobias:

Arachibutyrophobia is a fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of one's mouth, a phobia believed to have been first “invented” by Charles Schulz in a 1982 Peanuts comic strip. There are a number of other phobias that also started life in such a fictional way; Keanuphobia; a fictional fear of Keanu Reeves, from the book False Memories by Dean Koontz, Monkeyphobia; the fear of monkeys, from the cartoon Kim Possible and Nihilophobia; the fear of nothingness from the Star Trek series to name but a few.

The sign of the devil is the number 666 and some people have a phobia of this number, a phobia called Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia. You may think “that's a long word” and yes, you've guessed it, there's also a phobia of long words and that phobia is known as Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia which ironically is the longest named phobia of them all!

Some of the more obscure phobias refer to specific parts of the body, phobias such as Geniophobia; a fear of chins, Omphalophobia: the fear of belly buttons, Phalacrophobia, a fear of baldness, Apotemnophobia an irrational fear of amputees and, how about Ithyphallophobia; the fear of seeing, thinking about or having an erect penis!

Food phobias can also be a little random, there's a specific fear of garlic called Alliumphobia, a fear of chickens under the name of Alektorophobia but this particularly refers to feathers and eggs and, if you're thinking about going out for a Chinese spare a thought for those suffering from Consecotaleophobia – the morbid fear of chopsticks.

As life evolves so does the list of strange phobias; Nomophobia being one of the recent additions, a phobia which is described as a fear of being out of mobile phone contact and Cyberphobia describes a fear of computers being another.

Some really odd phobias to finish with: Pteronophobia; the fear of being tickled by feathers, Phronemophobia; a fear of thinking and, she may be the subject of many jokes but there's actually a phobia called Pentherapy; a fear of the mother-in-law.

Finally, let's not forget, a personal favorite that can not be beaten: Phobophobia; a phobia of phobias!

Maybe some of these phobias have raised a smile but to anyone with any genuine phobia it can be life crippling. A phobia is persistent and extreme to the point that it significantly changes the lives of those affected who will often go out of their way to conceal their phobia or avoid the source of the phobia at all costs. This can lead to family, school and work problems and can lead to serious health problems and so, amusing or not, they need to be taken seriously.

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Scared Of Flying? – What You Should Do To Manage And Overcome Your Fear

Many individuals are scared of flying, or even stepping on an airplane. If you are among these affected individuals, below are some guidelines and tips in how you can effectively manage your fear.

Breathe Properly
Some people take medications, others drink alcohol. While these means of cure can help them in a way, drugs and alcohol can actually just perpetuate the problem. With drug intake, you will likely develop a dependency on them. What you need to do instead is to try other techniques to help you feel calm. Such techniques will help make your journey easier to bear. One method is the technique of proper breathing. Concentrate and then breathe in for a specific number of counts and then hold your breath for this same amount of time. Slowly breathe out. With this, you will notice that you are beginning to feel calmer. Meditation is also another technique that helps calm your anxiety and worries.

Ease Up
One thing that contributes to fear of lying is the words or language used in this field. There are signs where you will read 'final destination', 'terminal' or 'departure'. While some people think that these words are not harmful, to some, these words actually imply doom and death. If you see such signs, just laugh and make a joke about them and then look for other signs around.

Enjoy Your Flight
The right way of dealing with fear is to know how you must change your attitude toward the turbulence. Stop your fear by trying to turn the horror into jokes.

Confront Your Fear
Confronting what makes you scared is the best way to overcome it. To stop your fear, you must decide to fly. Exposure to the things that threaten you will be the beginning of your freedom from it. When you expose yourself over and over to the thing that scares you, it will become common to you and you will learn to ignore it.

Take Facts Seriously
When we know something is true, we feel more at ease. Thus, in overcoming the fear of flying, you may also use available facts to finish your fearful episodes. Facts have shown that from one particular study, it was found that riding an airplane is much safer when going to New York from Los Angeles.

Know What You Should Expect
When you know what to expect about something, you help ease whatever apprehension is trying to envelope you. When you are not aware of what will happen in the following events, you become scared. To ease your apprehension in flying, you must be informed that your ears will feel rather funny while up on the air; that you must put on your seatbelts; that your plane is possible to hit turbulence, etc. To be aware of all these things, do your homework and perform significant search on the internet.

Accept Risks As Part Of Life
In our day-to-day lives, there are different risks that we need to face. Although we are not aware of this acceptance, we actually accept these risks with open arms and learn to live through them. Same principle should be lived when dealing with fear to fly. Flying has own risks too and if these risks are what makes you worried, then accept them as part of your life to live with. There are just many things in life that you can not control, but this does not mean that you can not do something about it.

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Overcome Driving Fear, Anxiety and Phobia – How To?

How to overcome driving fear Overcome Driving Fear, Anxiety and Phobia

That is a question that does have an answer. The routine task of grabbing the keys off the counter. Heading out the door. Slipping behind the wheel of the family car is not just a struggle. It's an all out nightmare. While the psychologists may not have coined a precise scientific term for the driving fear. This phobia is a legitimate concern for many Americans. Performing simple tasks. Like going to the grocery store or picking up the kids from school. It can be an anxiety. The question is how to overcome driving fear. So that you do not have to struggle.

A fear of driving can lead to various symptoms including panic attacks, shortness of breath, increased heart rate, chest tightness, or other conditions. Driving can become all but impossible as this anxiety spreads, and its possible people suffering from this problem could become a danger to others while behind the wheel. Determining how to overcome fear of driving starts with diagnosing how this phobia affects you. So make sure you take the time to talk to a professional about what you experience.

Overcome Driving Fear, anxiety and phobia. There are right ways, and wrong ways to overcome your fears, anxiety and phobia. Making sure you take the proper steps. It is essential to seeing long term success in conquering your fears. Close calls on the road. Or other scary accidents can imprint on your psyche over time. Your mind can start to associate the act of driving with putting you or others in danger. You begin to develop an anxiety. Toward starting your car. Heading out on the open road. It's important to realize that the same process that imprinted these fears can help you disassociate driving with danger. Good experiences can undo the bad ones.

The anxiety you feel while driving is not a logical thought process. Feelings of fear are designed to protect us. It cause us to instinctively avoid danger. The problem is that a driving fear can put you in danger. Not being able to enjoy a normal. A healthy lifestyle. Therapy and medication are not the best answers to overcome driving fear, anxiety and phobia. Instead, we recommend considering a vehicle control class. Or other hands on approach that can help generate positive experiences behind the wheel. It is to counter balance whatever negative impressions on your mind make you anxious.

The Conclusion

In this kind of class, experienced instructors can teach you many proven techniques. How to steer through skids. How to stop a car moving at high speed quickly and safely, and other practical techniques. Did you know that when something scares you on the road? You immediately focus on whatever it is that scares you be it a deer, oncoming traffic, or even a telephone pole. Simply remaining calm. Keep your focus on the wide open spaces of the road around. You can help you navigate away. From impending danger more careful. Contact local driver's education companies. Most of these groups will either offer a class. A class on defensive driving. It is able to tell you who in your area does. Feeling positive about being behind the wheel. It can be the first step toward how to overcome driving fear, anxiety and phobiain your life by Driving Fear Program

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Koro: The Shrinking Penis Phobia

Defining Koro

It is a syndrome that's culture-specific and characterized by the fear ( read : overpowering belief) of the penis and / or testicles reducing to nothingness and bringing over death. This is not dependent upon any visual stimuli but is strictly psychological, the reason why it is found mentioned in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders rather than on any journals related to sexual problems. The syndrome – although has Malaysian origins – has been accounted for start mass hysteria in specific regions of Africa, Asia and Europe during the Middle Age. Supposed causes were witches and their magic: people were thinking that witches could steal the penis and put the stolen organ in a small box!

It is interesting that koro syndrome shares a lot of similarity with anorexia nervosa , in which, the patient's perception of his body is very different from others'. This classifies koro as a depersonalization syndrome, the primary symptom of which is a distorted perception of the body, which the sufferer feels to be disastrous.

Primary and secondary Koro: The causes and damages

In short, Koro is the fear of going against the cultural mandate (bigger the penis, greater is the man) and becoming more vulnerable to social pressures. The details are as follows:

i. Primary Koro : This is triggered by the relative size of the genitalia either in comparison to others' or by anything (eg illness or weakness, exposure to cold etc.) that causes penile muscles tighten up temporarily and shrink the organ slightly. This makes the victim undergo an overwhelming fear of losing his manhood and sometimes, even life.

As a solution to the problem, mechanical anchors are widely used to stop further shrinking of the genitals and these anchors could be either strings or metal wires. However, it is the extreme state of anxiety – characterized by sweating, fainting and palpitations – that needs to be feared most and the attacks can be either isolated or chronic, each spanning between 20 and 60 minutes.

Out of the fear, the victims often inflict damages on their organs (in an attempt to pull out the retracted part); however, minor damages resulting from the anchoring attempts – such as boring and bruising – can easily be dealt with without altering into an infection. And as far as psychological complications – or to say, psychosexual complications – go, it can be severe depression leading to impotence.

ii. Secondary Koro : This is when patients exhibit additional psychological abnormalities; in plain words, depression receives company from paranoia and schizophrenia, which may have roots in dormant subconscious desires and / or phobias; for example, fear of catastrophe.

Signs that the syndrome has affected

Apart from an acute anxiety not in most patients due to a falsely perceived genital retraction / shrinkage (due to cold, anxiety etc.), there are no other detectable symptoms. However, it's also a change in penis shape (due to loss of penile muscle tone) that triggers such panic, the incident being taken as genital paraesthesia (shortening).

Treatments:

Beside psychological counseling for extremely anxious sufferers, there are physical methods to boost their confidence levels. An Andropenis traction device or another brand of stretching device can do a great job on their overall sexual anatomy. Even a loop string or a clamping device on the penis can be helpful, but due to associated risks it is not recommended by experts. So, you should feel that your penis is shrinking, along a serious psychological analysis a medical transaction device could be helpful. They are not cheap, the treatment will take time, so patience will definitely be your best ally. But first, a treatment with antidepressants is important to elevate the mood of the patient, without which, no further psychological treatment can be administrated.

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Agoraphobia: Its Symptoms, Causes And Treatments

People who suffer with agoraphobia are afraid of being trapped somewhere where they will not be able to get away or if something goes wrong they will not be able to get help.

The word agoraphobia comes originally from two Greek words 'agora' meaning “gathering place” or “assembly” and 'phobos' meaning “fear” or “morbid fear”. So agoraphobia originally meant a fear of places where people gathered. It became to be used to describe the “fear of open spaces”, but its meaning has now expanded further.

The word now reiterates to a number of phobias which often overlap each other in their definitions. They include phobias such as fear of:

  • leaving home
  • entering shops
  • crowds and public places
  • traveling alone in trains, buses, or planes.

What are the symptoms?

People with agoraphobia experience the same physical and mental symptoms as other people who suffer anxiety and panic attacks. What separates agoraphobia sufferers from the other sufferers is their behavioral symptoms which are collectively known as 'avoidance' behavior. These include:

  • Keeping away from open spaces, crowded places and public transport
  • Only being able to leave home for short periods, that is if they can leave at all
  • Needing a companion on any trips outside the home
  • Not going too far from home.

Some agoraphobia sufferers can make themselves visit the places mentioned above, but they never-the-less feel very anxious and remain fearful of panic attacks.

What are the causes?

In most cases of agoraphobia the person has had a panic attack in a certain place or situation. Because of this they worry about getting another attack. When they do visit the same or similar places the symptoms of the panic attack return because they have created the fear in their brains by continuing worrying about having a panic attack. It is like a rather vicious circle of events: Panic attack – fear of the panic attack – causing another panic attack. And so on. The unexpected exit is that in future the person avoids those places.

On the other hand, there are some agoraphobia sufferers who have no history of panic attacks in particular places.

This kind of agoraphobia is usually triggered by one of a number of irrational fears.

For example, being afraid of:

  • catching some terrible disease if the person mixes with other people
  • doing something humiliating in front of other people
  • being injured by some violent or terrorist activity if they go out.

What are the treatments?

  1. To follow an education program to get help in deciding what lifestyle changes may be necessary and how to achieve them.
  2. To learn self-help techniques such as relaxation to help to alleviate the symptoms
  3. Seeking professional help involving behavioral therapy or possibly medication.

Who are the people affect?

In the USA about 3.2 million people are affected by agoraphobia.

In the UK about 0.4 million people are affected.

It is interesting to note that agoraphobia is twice as common in women as men. The most common age that aoraphobia usually starts is between the ages of eighteen and thirty five.

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One Man’s Struggle With Agoraphobia

I have Agoraphobia and severe Social Anxiety Disorder.

When I'm outside of my comfort zone bad things tend to happen inside my mind. This limits me to my house, my therapist's office, and a few places where I do my shopping, banking, and other routine errands. Driving has become all but impossible, so when I do go out it's always in the passenger seat.

Having a family, and being in a relationship with a woman that I love and care about, I try to push the boundaries of my Agoraphobia almost every day. It's difficult to describe the symptoms that attack me accurately, and get people to understand that the things I see and hear are as real to me as this paper.

I become Hyper-Vigilant, and normal sights and sounds overwhelm me. My very own senses turn against me and knock my world upside down. It's a mutiny from within.

At a grocery store, my vision rebels against me. The lights are far too bright all of a sudden. The isles seem impossibly long and are twisting and warping before me. The people became horrible reflections in a fun house mirror. I'm dizzy and disoriented, sweaty and shaking. I'm reacting physically to my irrational terror. I want to vomit. My heart is beating way to fast … way to hard. I think I can actually see it kicking against my chest! Paralyzed, I want to run, but I can not.

I see lines of every size, shape, and color scratching at my eyes everywhere I look. Lines linked together in intricate and familiar ways. They horrify me, because I know that they're letters, and they form words that I should be able to read, but I can not because I've become a deer in the headlights and I feel like I'm going to start crying.

I'm wondering where they keep the razor blades … I think its isle seven.

“Clean up in isle seven.” My mom's voice, impossibly, says over the intercom (she's been dead for twenty years.) I have a vision of my body lying in a pool of blood on the shiny white tiles. Customers shop around me, because I do not matter.

I can not find the real world for a moment.

Meanwhile, my kids are running around out of control. Part of me knows I should be parenting and dealing with them, but it's taking all of my strength and will not freak out next to Cap'n Crunch and Count Chocula! I glimpse my frustrated girlfriend, Hailey. She's trying to get the best deal on cereal for us, restrain a screaming four year old, and plead with the older ones to act their age.

There's worry on her beautiful face too. Worry that her psycho boyfriend is about to go “rain-man” in the grocery store. As I'm absorbing all of this, I have a moment where I really wish I was dead.

Clumsily, I make my way out of the store. My footsteps echo in my head, as they struggle to navigate the tiling surface of the world. I'm deaf! I really can not hear at all … as if I were under water. All these foreign sensations make me sick to my stomach. People are staring at me in the parking lot as I stumble by, appearing like a mid-morning drunk.

Finally, I make it to the min-van and throw myself inside. I lock the doors, shut my eyes, and hold on tight. I'm on a broken roller coaster, and my world is a haunted carnival. I start counting to keep myself “present,” and I wait patiently for my girlfriend to rescue me and bring me home. My illusions gradually subside after we leave. Emotionally drained, I cry for the duration of the drive.

“Deep breaths,” Hailey always tells me. It works, and I never implode as I think I will.

At home I collapse into bed … spent. I feel miserable, embarrassed, and ashamed of myself. I feel hopeless too … and alone. I'm alone in my suffering. I have people who love me, and are sympathetic to the fact that my ailments are real, but it's hard for them to forgive and even more difficult for me to explain. I feel bad for them, as if I'm a burden, and that feeling continues to perpetuate the problem.

So many people, like me, feel unnecessary guilt over suffering from these, very real, afflictions. I want to raise awareness to the fact that these disorders are every bit as real, and threatening to our health and mortality, as diseases and injuries that are more easily recognized.

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Only Kids Have Fears Of The Dark – Right?

It was a cold night in the year 2010 at the peak of my generalized anxiety disorder and panic attacks, there I was in my 'man cave' playing the victim and feeling sorry for the people that cared about me and what I was putting them through . To this day I vividly remember the way I walked up those stairs to the main living room every night alone and scared. I remember keeping the light on in the staircase, and flipping the switch with a long stick that I made once I made it to the top. I also remember always looking back down the staircase as if some presence was watching me the whole time, that keep me the heebie-jeebies every time!

The fear or phobia was never about the darkness itself, but the imagined dangers understood by the darkness. Funny enough though when someone was with me downstairs and for some reason I had to make my way back up the stairs, even if it was in the dark things were reliably calm, cool and for the most part effortless. What I learned through that cycle of panic I went through during those times dealing with my fears of the dark was that when our primary sense of sight is taken away from us, we get into a state of panic. So the memory of this panic is stored and of course whenever things get dark guess what, the cycle of panic begins … but why? Simply because our sense of hearing becomes heightened, and a small crackling sound automatically comes with a million different questions sent to our protective minds.

Facing The Fear In Small Doses

OK, so I know you've heard it all before and so have I … if you fear something face it and eventually it will go away. But I want to have a little more specific about what I did to stop the biggest fear that we all hate to admit the most. Step by step I started with:

1) Understanding that having generalized anxiety disorder comes with a big imagination, this reality check becomes hugely important.

2) A SYSTEMATIC approach to facing the fear of darkness starting with watching a funny movie that included many dark moments in it, I suggest (scary movie) which then makes you look at the dark in more of a sensible and comedic way, having someone stay the night with me downstairs where my fears mainly take place, having a nightlight and spending the night downstairs on my own, and finally looking fear right in the face and sleeping the entire night on my own (the systematic approach can be broken down into many much smaller pieces though).

There's nothing to be accused of here that's for sure, back in the historical cave-dwelling days being afraid of the dark was a good thing and helped people survive potential attacks from numerous types of beasts. There's nothing to fear … but fear itself and nothing can bring greater relief than to challenge the fear and structure your idea of ​​what darkness is.

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The Positive Side of Fear and Phobias

Your fears protect you from numerous dangers. Whenever you are facing a dangerous situation you are alarmed by intense fear. This sensation has a protective function.

When you are afraid that something bad may happen to you, you are very careful. When you are indignant to dangerous situations and you are not alarmed by any fear even though you are in danger, you do not pay attention to what you are doing. You may fall into a trap only because of your negligence.

Most people try to eliminate their fears, believing that they are unjustified and that their fears have only a negative meaning. However, the main function of every fear is protective. When you are afraid you do not make the mistakes you usually do when you are relaxed and distracted.

All heroes always are afraid of the dangerous situations they have to face. Nobody passes through dangerous experiences without feeling how dangerous they are really thanks to their fears.

When you are afraid, you understand that you have to be serious. You understand that you are in trouble.

Do not be afraid of your fears. You must be afraid of many dangers because this is how you will be careful and protect yourself. You should in fact be afraid of your individuation to dangerous situations.

However, your fears may cause a paralysis, and have a negative effect. This means that you must be able to show courage, including being afraid.

Therefore, if you are unsure and afraid, the real solution for you is not the elimination of your fears. You have to pass through dangerous situations while you are afraid of what could happen to you. This is how you will become strong and learn how to show courage in life, even when you are afraid. You will also stop having unjustified fears generated by absurd thoughts.

You will be helped by translating the meaning of your dreams because the unconscious mind gives you information about your reality and about what could happen to you in the future. You learn how to protect yourself and how to prepare positive future results.

The unconscious mind is God's mind. This is a scientific and religious truth that will completely change the world now that I managed to simplify and clarify the complicated, obscure, and time consuming method of dream interpretation discovered by Carl Jung.

This is the only method that accurately translates God's words in dreams because Jung looked for the meaning of the dream language like an archaeologist who was looking for the meaning of an ancient language. He did not distort the meaning of dreams with his suppositions. I precisely followed his lessons, based on his method of dream interpretation. This means that I did not distort the meaning of dreams with my suppositions.

I precisely followed Carl Jung's method in order to discover the meaning of many dream symbols. I was even more obedient to the divine guidance in dreams. I was even more obedient to the divine guidance in dreams. This is why I could discover what exists into the unknown region of our brain and psyche.

The scientific translations are complicated because we have to analyze numerous details and relate this information to many other details. You are lucky because I managed to simplify this process, including discovering the meaning of numerous dream symbols that Jung had stated without explaining their meaning.

Today you have a safe method of psychotherapy, mind empowerment, and spiritual evolution because you can easily understand the complex dream language thanks to my simplifications, and first of all, thanks to Carl Jung's discoveries. My research and my discoveries complete Carl Jung's work, providing to the world that everyone must learn his method of dream interpretation instead of wasting time with false methods.

The Divine unconscious mind that produces your dreams will show you all the dangers you will have to face in the future, so that you may avoid falling into dangerous traps. You will be protected by precious knowledge, but you will have to be a hero in numerous occasions. You will not be a cowardly and hypocritical actor. Your presence and your work must help the world find wisdom and peace.

This means that you will not be privileged and indignant. You will defend God's justice, which is based on forgiveness and compassion. God's justice also condemns what is bad.

Human beings should be afraid of God's punishments, but most people do not believe in God's existence. Even when they do, they tend to believe that God forgives everything because he understands our imperfections.

God is a true angel, and this is why He can not accept our evilness. Everyone is punished through many ways in our dangerous planet, which was especially created with the intention to work like a psychotherapeutic hospital for our insanity. We are in fact demons who received a tiny human conscience from God. This is why we are punished through numerous ways in our hostile planet, where numerous natural catastrophes, diseases, insects, and dangerous wild animals threaten our survival.

The fact that we should be afraid of God is another reason why having fears is positive. When you are a conscious human being and you understand that you must pay attention to your behavior, you understand that you can not act like a child, you can not be violent and unfair, and you can not be unconsequential and indignant to the human pain.
A sensible and sensitive person always is afraid to hurt other people's feelings. A sensible and sensitive person is afraid of numerous other dangers and their consequences.

If you are a wise human being, you are afraid of what is bad and this is why you always are very careful.

Violent people are not afraid of anyone. They are aggressive and rude. Peaceful people always are afraid of violent people because they know that those who are violent do not respect anyone.

We feel safe when we are with people who are afraid of numerous dangers, and therefore, respect numerous laws. We are afraid of those who disrespect everyone and everything.

Those who disrespect others and do not care about the general well-being are not afraid of anything because they are controlled by their absurd and evil anti-conscience, which is their primitiveness consciousness. Those who respect God's justice are afraid of God's punishments because they have a strong human conscience and they do not want to be evil. They want to be with God and have His protection.

Therefore, the meaning of fear is not always negative. As a matter of fact, fear is negative only when it is generated by your anti-conscience.

When your fears are the result of your comprehension of all the dangers that are threatening your peace of mind, these fears are protecting your mental health and your safety. When your fears are the result of your comprehension of the behavioral mistakes you are making while you should not have this way, these fears are alarming your conscience. They are showing you that you have to stop making mistakes and remember God's guidance.

All phobias are the consequences of behavioral mistakes. A phobia is a punishment and a protection.

You become very afraid of something whenever you make serious mistakes because these mistakes are typically making you lose your mind. You have to understand that what you are doing is very dangerous for your mental stability.

You can understand the meaning of every phobia by learning the symbolic dream language because all phobias are clearly explained when we understand the symbolic meaning of what someone is afraid of. For example, those who have an irrational fear of spiders are very afraid of the future consequences of their negligence because they are making costly mistakes that will have tragic conquences.

The spider in dreams represents the necessity to act fast in order to correct a big mistake before it is too late. If you suffer from arachnophobia – what means that you have an abnormal fear of spiders, this means that you are afraid of what may happen to you in the future. You have to urgently stop making mistakes.

You will be helped through dream translation because the unconscious mind gives you clear guidance. You will understand your mistakes, and you will also understand how to correct every mistake and become a wise and sensitive human being.

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Agoraphobia – A Very Common Phobia

For many, it's often much more difficult, if not impossible, to do these things alone, though some suffering from agoraphobia may manage to go out and about if accompanied by a person they trust.

All the above different situations stem from one undercoming fear. That is, a fear of being in a place where you are overwhelmed by panic, no help is available, and you'll find it difficult if not impossible to escape to a safe place (usually to your home). When you are in a scared place you become very anxious and upset, and have an intension desire to get out. So while panic disorder underpins agoraphobia, people may suffer from panic disorder with or without agoraphobia. To avoid this anxiety and panic many people with agoraphobia stay inside their home for most or all of the time. Sadly however they can then experience panic attacks even in their home, and so feel they have to have someone with them at all times.

Agoraphobia and panic disorder affect around 5% of the population. Agoraphobia is twice as likely to affect women compared to men, and most commonly occurs between ages 25-35. Without help, it can be a lifelong problem.

Agoraphobia affects up to one third of people with panic disorder. The person will often try to avoid places where they are likely to have panic attacks, and while avoidance can be successful to some degree in keeping panic attacks at bay, the restrictions on a person's life usually just keep increasing, and affect both the person and those close to them.

The difference between men and women may be due to several factors:
• Women are often in our society encouraged to use avoidance as a way of coping with things that feel too difficult, and to have in ways which make them more dependent and helpless
• Women may be more likely to seek help and therefore be diagnosed more frequently
• Men may use alcohol to try and deal with the problem

In some severe cases the anxiety disorder can have an extreme impact on a person's life.
A recent article in the Daily Mail tells a story of a young girl unable to leave the home environment to attend Job Center. The consequences of this are far reaching.

Treatment Options

The treatment options for agoraphobia which research shows to be most effective are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and antidepressant medication. CBT can either be in the form of guided self-help eg using a book, computerized program or watching a DVD or having individual or group sessions with a qualified mental health professional.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) works on the principle that your behavior and emotions depend heavily on your perception of what you understand is happening. What you think and anticipates can affect your reaction to events and people. Having understood what you are thinking and how to deal with your thoughts, it is possible to train yourself to respond in a different way. This new thinking and behavior style can then lead to a potentially more satisfying way of life, becoming part of your normal lifestyle.

Antidepressant medications are commonly used to treat depression, but can also help to reduce the symptoms of phobias. You do not have to suffer from depression to be diagnosed with these medications. They work by interfering with brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) such as serotonin which may be involved in the anxiety symptoms.

What is the Success Rate of CBT?

Cognitive Behavior Therapy techniques have been developed from extensive research.
Studies indicate that treatments for psychological disorders based on CBT principles:
• Are specifically effective for common mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, panic disorder, phobias (including agoraphobia and social phobia), stress, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and difficulties with anger.
• Can help if you have a low opinion of yourself, or physical health problems like pain or fatigue
• Can also be useful in conjunction with medication to help manage more severe mental health problems such as bipolar disorder (previously called “manic-depression” and other forms of psychosis)
• Are as effective as medication in treating many psychological disorders and have been shown in some studies to be more effective in effecting long-lasting change and preventing relapse.

There are many celebrities who, it is reported, have at some point treated with agoraphobia. Difficulties are raised in the media which can help shift the stigma associated with these very common debilitating disorders and enable more people to come forward and seek help.

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How to Overcome Your Fear of Dogs

Are you limited to the places you can go or people you can visit and want to know how to overcome your fear of dogs? This is a fear that plagues more people than you may think. Many people make the mistake of assuming that the only people who are afraid of dogs are those that have been injured by a dog in their past. That is not the case at all. There are many reasons that people have fear of dogs.

If you are afraid of dogs, you can not go where you want whenever you want. You may be fearful to go to a park because you know that there will more than likely be a dog somewhere in the vicinity. If friends or family members have dogs, you may find that you are not able to go to their homes because of your fear. The fear is something that is psychological and can not be controlled. If you have been ridiculed for the fear, it may make you feel silly or foolish, but it is something that you can not control on your own.

There is hope for overcoming your fear though. You do not have to worry and wonder forever. Hypnosis has been shown to help people dramatically overcome their fear of dogs. Hypnosis changes the way that someone's mind interprets the fear. It changes the way that the brain rationalizes the fear so that the person is able to overcome it and extremely go on to lead a normal life.

If you think that hypnotism may be a good option for you, you need to take the time to learn what steps to take to get the care that you need. You need to be sure that the hypnotist knows what he or she is doing. Someone that makes a living making people act silly on a stage is not someone that you need to see for the fear that you have. You need to see a professional who has experience with patients who have a fear of dogs. You need to speak with him or her or read reviews about them, to learn about what you can expect before, during, and after hypnotism. There are many people who have been able to overcome their fear through the help of a hypnotist. If you have tried everything else and want to exhaust every option, hypnotism is the one option that you will find really works.

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