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    Fear is a natural reaction to danger. But when your fears are so great that they disrupt your daily life, you probably suffer from a phobia. Phobias can cause overwhelming fear of animals, objects or social situations, or the complete inability to deal with a given situation, for no apparent reason. Sometimes phobias can cause fear so intense it totally disables its victims.
    Phobias are among the most common of all mental illnesses, and they are usually the most successfully treated.

    Behavioral therapies are the most effective and among the most widely used in treating phobias, particularly specific phobias. They focus on changing specific actions and use several techniques to stop negative behavior. One technique - exposure therapy - involves exposing the patient to the feared object or situation on either a gradual or direct basis, depending on the therapy. By confronting the objects of fear, patients become desensitized to them, and the phobic reactions are reduced or eliminated.

    In treating social phobia and agoraphobia, physicians may use cognitive-behavioral therapy. In addition to confronting their fears, patients learn to understand how their thinking patterns contribute to their symptoms and how to change their thoughts to reduce or prevent the symptoms.

    Medications like Zoloft (Zoloft Dosage) are typically part of treatments for social phobia and agoraphobia. Anti anxiety medications can reduce panic or anxiety in patients, allowing them to confront their phobic situations.


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    Anxiety, an abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked by physiological signs (as sweating, tension, and increased pulse), by doubt concerning the reality and nature of the threat, and by self-doubt about one's capacity to cope with it. This is another form of a emotional state which is also treated with medications.

    I think that both disorders could be overcome with proper help without medications. I think that most fears are unfounded and should be delt with by confronting them and talking about them instead of supressing them with medications.

    The problem is that many people have the disorder but don't seek help or the care provider doesn't want to really help but just fund the pharmaceutical companies.


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    Although not a sufferer of social phobias, I have found behavioral techniques far more effective than talk therapy in dealing with depression. Furthermore, medication has certainly helped me in the past.

    The problem with depression, anxiety, and certain phobias is they are not irrational; life is hard, bad things happen, and dogs do attack. A medication which allows one to function, and experience life without the pathological level of the emotion, can help one reach a 'normal' psychological state.

    I have used such mediations more in the manner of antibiotics, but I would never condemn anyone who uses them like insulin. I have had the most sucess with using behavioral techniques for dealing with depression. Exposure [though not in a course of therapy] has also worked for me to some degree with a phobia.
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    I found that by changing what I eat really helped me. Food is a source of many disorders and by regulating what you eat as well as how much you eat can have a great impact on your overall health and mind set.
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    Eat your vegetables, and stay away from sugar. Get plenty of exercise and fresh air. Ease up on the caffiene and quit drinking.
    And take cod-liver oil if you think you're coming down with something. [My mother was right about so much else, she was probably right about that, too.]

    I still think it approprate to go on medication for a jump-start, if one feels it will be beneficial and re-evaluates the need for it regularly. But I do not think medication without the life-style changes is sensible.
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    I think all of you are college level students with no real idea of what is causing depression and disillusionment in america, or the world. Except maybe for old cosmictraveller down there in florida. The acute depression, major depression, agoraphobia, anxiety, panic attacks, etc., are caused by the god-damned environment that the people are raised in. Corrupt fucking politicians, media, dod, corporations, etc., are the cause for the above. People being forced to live in inhumane conditions for inhumane purposes are the cause of your fucking problems. Wake the fuck up. Get a grip on fucking reality.
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    I do think that CT3000 has proved my point; many pathological states are completely rational. Social interaction can become hostile with no warning; pleasant situations are often short-lived; and there is lots of evidence against the dream of continued improvement of our species.

    If pathological psychological states are rational, what can talk therapy offer one?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cottontop3000
    I think all of you are college level students with no real idea of what is causing depression and disillusionment in america, or the world. Except maybe for old cosmictraveller down there in florida. The acute depression, major depression, agoraphobia, anxiety, panic attacks, etc., are caused by the god-damned environment that the people are raised in. Corrupt fucking politicians, media, dod, corporations, etc., are the cause for the above. People being forced to live in inhumane conditions for inhumane purposes are the cause of your fucking problems. Wake the fuck up. Get a grip on fucking reality.
    1. You're wrong.

    2. You think we live under inhumane conditions for inhumane purposes in the U.S., and you are telling us to get a grip on reality? Honey, get a grip on a newspaper.

    3. I think that most psychological problems are caused by knowing that some nasty-ass fool is able to attack at any time.
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    j,

    I think the expansive range of psychological disorders is so assorted that you cannot isolate such a singular cause, which is that specific, for most of them. Knowing (believing) there is a potential danger/threat of attack at any time, would relate to an Anxiety Disorder (PTSD, Phobias, etc) or more severly a Paranoia, but would unlikely feature in, say, an Eating Disorder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rhydster
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    I think the expansive range of psychological disorders is so assorted that you cannot isolate such a singular cause, which is that specific, for most of them. Knowing (believing) there is a potential danger/threat of attack at any time, would relate to an Anxiety Disorder (PTSD, Phobias, etc) or more severly a Paranoia, but would unlikely feature in, say, an Eating Disorder.
    Was that a joke?

    If not, I will agree that my analysis does leave out many disorders, from eating disorders to schizophrenia. However, the OP does specifically address the social disorders.

    I think that PTSD and eating disorders have some traits in common; they both, I think, arise from the belief one has little or no control over one's life.
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    No, it wasn't a joke. Perhaps I should have quoted what I was responding to:

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    3. I think that most psychological problems are caused by knowing that some nasty-ass fool is able to attack at any time.
    However, from your later response I take it that I have misunderstood generic meaning when you stated "most psychological problems", but rather you were being specific to most phobia related disorders.

    On your point about intersecting traits of PTSD and Eating Disorders:

    Firstly, each sub-type of Easting Disorder (e.g. Bulimia Nervosa, Pica) has it's own causal characteristics in the individual, rather than a general one across all Eating Disorders that would allow the group to overlap with PTSD.

    Secondly, they would not arise from a belief of having little or no control over one's life, this would be a symptom - not an origin/cause. For example a genuine cause of PTSD could be exposure to an unusually threatening incident.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rhydster
    On your point about intersecting traits of PTSD and Eating Disorders:

    Firstly, each sub-type of Easting Disorder (e.g. Bulimia Nervosa, Pica) has it's own causal characteristics in the individual, rather than a general one across all Eating Disorders that would allow the group to overlap with PTSD.

    Secondly, they would not arise from a belief of having little or no control over one's life, this would be a symptom - not an origin/cause. For example a genuine cause of PTSD could be exposure to an unusually threatening incident.
    I was thinking primarily about anorexia and bulimia.

    I did not mean to suggest that a sense of a lack of control was the cause of these disorders, but only that both types involve such feelings. The eating disorders are an example of a dysfunctional attempt to exert control; PTSD usually is rooted in a situation in which the individual did not have any control.

    No, it wasn't a joke. ...

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    3. I think that most psychological problems are caused by ...
    My statement was just a short-tempered reply to post #6.
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    It seems I have just misunderstood from the beginning. Had I interpreted your statement more contextually, I'd have never disagreed. My apologies.
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    Please, it is always a pleasure to inspire a rational response.

    As you have some knowledge in the field, I would like your opinion of medication for psychological disorders. Obviously, continued use is advised for certain disorders, such as schizophrenia. However, I have more faith in the use of medication for a short-term alleviation symptons; the medication brings one to a stable psychological state in which one can develop long-term non-chemical coping strategies.

    The problem with my approach is that one can postone re-starting the medication when it is necessary. My disorder is depression; I respond well and fairly quickly to medication when I start it in time; unfortunately, I seldom start it in time. This is inconvenient for me; it is disastrous for those with more dramatic disorders.

    [I really wish I could stick my finger once a day and know if I should refill my welbutrin 'script, or just get more sleep.]

    To clarify my point, I will add that I think short-term ranges from 3 to 5 months to 3 to 5 years; and that personal experience and observation supports my 'faith' in the short-term use of such medications.
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    Maybe if a person changes the enviroment,friends,place of living some... results could show up.I found some interesting usefull informations on this link:
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    well I am a PTSD sufferer... I cant ride vehicles since I had an accident.. its a phobia... you wont understand its severity until you have it yourself
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swaroop
    well I am a PTSD sufferer... I cant ride vehicles since I had an accident.. its a phobia... you wont understand its severity until you have it yourself
    As you will never understand why I can't just 'work through' a depressive episode.

    Actually, we can understand each other; I've been in a couple of car accidents that sent me into a depression. Depression is a frequent result of accidents, so you are probably suffering from depression, as well as PTSD.

    BUT the annoying advice friends and family give is right; we do have to find a way to just get over it and we can. I can stop an incipient episode if I modify my behavior soon enough. I can function in situations that trigger my phobia because I expose myself to the stressors regularly.

    AND I HATE IT! I really dislike it. Damn, but it is unpleasant. I am grinding my teeth and am faintly nauseated just thinking about it. I cannot imagine any response but paralysis when experiencing the stressors. [I will have trouble falling asleep tonight.]

    But you can do it; it will just never be pleasant.

    You can do this.
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    dear J,
    thanks for the reply

    It means a lot to me

    And yes, friends and even family are a big annoyance...
    last time, I almost died due to lack of blood becuase of an accident (I am B Rh -ve blood group... very rare)

    then, friends ridicule me as 'coward', ' introvert' etc...
    after all, who cares... whats more important for me than my own life!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swaroop
    And yes, friends and even family are a big annoyance...
    then, friends ridicule me as 'coward', ' introvert' etc...
    after all, who cares... whats more important for me than my own life!
    Well, clearly they care. That's why they are reacting strongly to you wasting large swathes of your life by an irrational fear. They aren't ridiculing you, I suspect, they are trying out of a mix of frustration and love to shock you into normal behaviour. This may not be a good approach, but the motivation would be right.
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