How to get rid of a phobia: The simple exercise to overcome your fear of animals or places
HOW to get rid of a phobia: A phobia is a type of overwhelming fear that affects people in different ways. You could overcome your phobias of animals or places with this simple eye exercise. Should you consider therapy? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Moving Beyond the Anxiety and Perfectionism Feedback Loop
Forget everything you thought you knew about anxiety and perfectionism. Here’s an inside look at what actually works. We all feel the need to be accepted, to fit in, feel loved, and that we matter to someone or something.  As someone who struggles with anxiety myself, I understand how hard it is to combat the anxiety feedback loop. As a psychologist who has worked with this material for nearly a decade, I supposedly know all the tricks in the book. I have a tool kit 10 pages deep ready to go whenever I experience a bout of anxiety. Even still, I struggle to practice what I preach.  Moving beyond this feedba...
Source: Psych Central - July 20, 2020 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Jennifer Anders, PsyD. Tags: Anxiety Perfectionism Psychology Intrusive Thoughts Self Worth Self-Esteem Source Type: news

Physiological synchrony predicts observational threat learning in humans - P ärnamets P, Espinosa L, Olsson A.
Understanding how information about threats in the environment is shared and transmitted between individuals is crucial for explaining adaptive, survival-related behaviour in humans and other animals, and for developing treatments for phobias and other anx... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 26, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

How an NHS trial is using virtual reality to tackle patients' worst phobias 
Following a new approach of virtual reality therapy, which was run as part of a trial by Oxford University in 2018, the NHS is now looking to use the treatment to help those suffering from phobias. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

No One to Hunker Down With
Three days before we were told to stay home, the man I ’d been dating for a month told me he was self-isolating. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sophie Sills Tags: Single Persons Loneliness Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Dating and Relationships Phobias Depression (Mental) Source Type: news

10 Supplements that can help curb your anxiety
(Natural News) Anxiety comes in many forms. It can cause worry, unease, fear or panic. Severe forms of anxiety, or anxiety disorders, are among the most common and pervasive mental health problems in the United States today. Anxiety disorders include panic disorders and phobias. Common treatment options for anxiety disorders include therapy, medication or a... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flight anxiety reported from 1986 to 2015 - Grimholt TK, Bonsaksen T, Schou-Bredal I, Heir T, Lerdal A, Skogstad L, Ekeberg Ø.
BACKGROUND: Fear of flying is one of the most common phobias. It hinders people in performing their work and hampers family relations. Even though flight traffic has increased, there are new fears. Valid studies are needed to answer whether there ha... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

Masking the memory of fear: Treating anxiety disorders such as PTSD with an opioid
(Tokyo University of Science) While fear memory -- or the ability to remember contexts in which to be afraid -- is important for survival, too much of it, and an inability to forget contexts that no longer apply, hinders daily activities. Recently, scientists from Japan found that a certain opioid drug can help mask some fear memory without causing undesirable side effects. This could make new therapies possible for anxiety disorders like phobias or PTSD. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Anxiety disorders and the brain's resting state networks: from altered spatiotemporal synchronization to psychopathological symptoms - Northoff G.
Anxiety disorders include a variety of different disorders including panic disorder (PD), social anxiety disorder (SAD), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), and phobias. We here focus our review on GAD, SAD, and PD and put a specific emphasis on resting st... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 3, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Shifting from fear to safety through deconditioning-update - Popik B, Amorim FE, Amaral OB, Alvares L.
Aversive memories are at the heart of psychiatric disorders such as phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Here, we present a new behavioral approach in rats that robustly attenuates aversive memories. This method consists of 'deconditioning' a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Are humans prepared to detect, fear, and avoid snakes? The mismatch between laboratory and ecological evidence - Coelho CM, Suttiwan P, Faiz AM, Ferreira-Santos F, Zsido AN.
Since Seligman (1971) statement that the vast majority of phobias are about objects essential to the survival of a species, a multitude of laboratory studies followed, supporting the finding that humans learn to fear and detect snakes (and other animals) f... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Non-Human Animals and Insects Source Type: news

Health Tip: Understanding Phobias
(Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - July 25, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Psychiatry, FYI, Source Type: news

Health Tip: Understanding Phobias
-- A phobia is an anxiety disorder that produces a strong, irrational fear of something that poses little danger, says the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Phobias can range from a fear of highway driving to a fear of blood. When... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 25, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Conquering More Than the Usual Worries at Summer Camp
At this camp, the activities are designed to help children with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Donna De La Cruz Tags: Camps and Camping Children and Childhood Phobias Anxiety and Stress Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Therapy and Rehabilitation Parenting Source Type: news

Scary and nasty beasts: self-reported fear and disgust of common phobic animals - Pol ák J, Rádlová S, Janovcová M, Flegr J, Landová E, Frynta D.
Animal phobias are one of the most prevalent mental disorders. We analysed how fear and disgust, two emotions involved in their onset and maintenance, are elicited by common phobic animals. In an online survey, the subjects rated 25 animal images according... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 19, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Non-Human Animals and Insects Source Type: news

Needle Procedures: Let's Try to Do Better Needle Procedures: Let's Try to Do Better
A traumatic experience with an injection can lead to the development of needle phobias in children. How can we do better?Pediatric Nursing (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics Journal Article Source Type: news

Seven seconds of Spiderman viewing yields a 20% phobia symptom reduction
(Bar-Ilan University) As the Marvel Avenger Endgame premieres in movie theaters this week, researchers have published a new article in Frontiers in Psychology which reveals that exposure to Spiderman and Antman movie excerpts decreases symptoms of spider and ant phobias, respectively. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 23, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How Virtual Reality May Reduce Fear And Anxiety In Adults With Autism
Results of a new pilot study indicate that a combination treatment approach using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and immersive virtual reality environments (VRE) produced noticeable functional improvement in autistic adults with phobias and anxiety. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 25, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Robert Glatter, MD, Contributor Source Type: news

Third Eye Neurotech and Newcastle University break fresh ground for people with autism
Immersive virtual reality is playing a key role in the provision of NHS services to help treat anxieties and phobias. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - February 20, 2019 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Immersive virtual reality therapy shows lasting effect of treatment for autism phobias
(Newcastle University) New research shows that the Blue Room, an immersive virtual reality treats 45 percent of children with autism freeing them from their fears and phobias -- and that the treatment lasts. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - February 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Your brain on imagination: It's a lot like reality, study shows
(University of Colorado at Boulder) New brain imaging research shows that imagining a threat lights up similar regions as experiencing it does. It suggests imagination can be a powerful tool in overcoming phobias or post traumatic stress. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

More Anxiety Experts Reveal What They Really Want Everyone to Know About Anxiety
For something so common, anxiety is still massively misunderstood. There are myths and misconceptions about everything from what anxiety disorders look and feel like to what actually helps to treat these illnesses and navigate anxiety. Which is why we asked several anxiety experts to clear things up. Below, you’ll find their illuminating insights. Living with an anxiety disorder can be exceptionally difficult. Many people minimize and trivialize anxiety disorders. For instance, how often have you said or heard someone say “I’m sooo OCD about my desk!” or “I’m really OCD about using hand ...
Source: Psych Central - November 27, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Tags: Anxiety Cognitive-Behavioral Disorders General Psychotherapy Self-Help Stress Treatment Anxiety Disorder Treatment Anxiety Disorders Cbt exposure and response prevention therapy GAD Ocd Source Type: news

How to conquer fear: Imagining your phobia really can banish it, study finds
Using your imagination to replay things that trigger traumas and phobias can allow you to tap into the brain's circuits for re-programming fear responses, Mount Sinai scientists have discovered. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

An end to arachnophobia 'just a heartbeat away'
(University of Sussex) Researchers have discovered that exposing people with phobias to their fear -- for examples, spiders for those who have arachnophobia -- at the exact time their heart beats, led to the phobia reducing in severity. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - October 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How to cure your fear: Why some people love a scare - and how scaredy-cats can beat their phobias
With Halloween upon us, the stuff of nightmares is on the prowl - to the delight of some and horror of others. An Ohio State University psychologist explains our fears - and how to beat them. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Virtual reality therapies help conquer common phobias
Experts say virtual reality therapy can help people by exposing them gradually and safely to their greatest terrors (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - September 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

With Short, Intense Sessions, Some Patients Finish Therapy in Just Weeks
The new psychological approach targets anxiety, PTSD and other mental disorders. Fewer people drop out with short-term treatment, and relief is quicker. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: ANDREA PETERSEN Tags: Anxiety and Stress Therapy and Rehabilitation Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Veterans Mental Health and Disorders Psychology and Psychologists Phobias Source Type: news

Why Some People Have a Crippling Fear of Flying — and How They Can Overcome It
At one point or another, as many as 12.5% of Americans will struggle with a phobia — “an intense, irrational fear of something that poses little or no actual danger” — according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Of these, a fear of flying, or aviophobia, is one of the most common, with estimated prevalence ranging from 2.5% to 6.5% of the population. Far more people have a fear of flying that doesn’t reach phobia levels, despite the fact that people are flying more than ever before and plenty of data shows it’s a reliably safe way to travel. So what is it about flying that stir...
Source: TIME: Health - July 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime Mental Health/Psychology onetime onetimetravel Source Type: news

Managing Dental Anxiety
Fear of going to the dentist is a common health-care related anxiety. Patients often express a broad range of triggers, such as the fear of pain, claustrophobia, needles, sounds, or sensations. Unfortunately, long term avoidance of oral healthcare can lead to deeply debilitating problems that can be physically, psychologically and socially impactful. Our mouth represents a center point for our survival, by impacting our ability to eat comfortably and communicate. So, caring for this immensely important part of our bodies is crucial for both our general health and psychological wellbeing.  Often minor dental problems c...
Source: Psych Central - May 31, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Dr. Samuel Rosehill Tags: Anxiety General Habits Healthy Living Panic Disorder Phobias anxious thoughts Coping Skills dental anxiety dentist anxiety overwhelm Personal Hygiene worry Source Type: news

Nightmares Are Scary. But Are They Bad For Your Health?
You’re freaked out. A strange person or animal—or thing—is pursuing you. It draws nearer, but you wake up just before it has the chance to get you. It may sound like a cliché. But experts who study nightmares say this is a pretty typical bad-dream scenario. “There’s often some threat of death or injury or annihilation, and you’re trying to escape,” says Tore Nielsen, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Montreal and director of the Dream and Nightmare Laboratory there. If you’ve experienced a traumatic event—a car accident, maybe, or military combat&mda...
Source: TIME: Health - May 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Markham Heid Tags: Uncategorized healthytime Mental Health/Psychology Source Type: news

Scientists uncover brain circuits behind putting up a fight or freezing in place
NIH-funded study may provide clues to disorders including anxiety and phobias. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - May 10, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Can VR Tackle Opioids, Phobias, and Everything Else?
(MedPage Today) -- 5 takeaways from the Virtual Medicine 2018 conference (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - April 12, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Investigating evolutionary constraints on the detection of threatening stimuli in preschool children - Zsido AN, Deak A, Losonci A, Stecina D, Arato A, Bernath L.
Numerous objects and animals could be threatening, and thus, children learn to avoid them early. Spiders and syringes are among the most common targets of fears and phobias of the modern word. However, they are of different origins: while the former is evo... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Herbs for anxiety: Experts share the science behind some that are most effective
(Natural News) As the most common mental illness in America, almost a fifth of the population suffers from anxiety disorders each year. This feeling of fear, unease or worry can range from mild to severe and can also signify conditions such as phobias, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Anti-anxiety meds only... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Trypophobia Driven by Disgust Not Fear of Holes
Aversion to holes driven by disgust, not fear, study finds - Psychologists reveal neural underpinnings of trypophobia (Source: Disabled World)
Source: Disabled World - January 5, 2018 Category: Disability Tags: Phobias and Fears Source Type: news

What Does an Anxiety Disorder Feel Like? Here Are 4 Signs You May Have a Problem
If 2.6 billion people were suffering from an illness, you’d think we’d all be more familiar with it. That figure represents 33.7% of the population of the world, after all. It also represents the share of that population that will at some point experience an anxiety disorder, according to the National Institutes of Health. For those billions, the experience of clinical anxiety can range from a persistent fretfulness, distractedness and a sort of whole-body clenching, to the paralytic crisis of a full-blown panic attack. All of it feels lousy; all of it is a state you race to escape — which typically only ...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - December 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized anxiety disorder behavior health OCD psychology PTSD Source Type: news

The Checkup: Treating Anxiety in Children
Which child needs psychotherapy or medication: the parent-clinger, the dog-fearer or the school-avoider? (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: PERRI KLASS, M.D. Tags: Children and Childhood Anxiety and Stress Phobias Therapy and Rehabilitation Mental Health and Disorders Psychiatry and Psychiatrists Parenting Families and Family Life Source Type: news

Under the microscope: Nicole Scherzinger
Singer and X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger opens up about diets, vices, illness, phobias and a health book that changed her life. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Creepy crawlies: Why you were born to fear spiders and snakes
Do you have a fear of spiders or snakes? A new study of 6-month-old babies suggests that many of us may be predisposed to such phobias. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychology / Psychiatry Source Type: news

Spiders, Snakes, and Clowns: Facing Your Phobias
Millions have fears of specific things, places or situations. Only a fraction, however, let it impact their lives. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - October 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

VR Brings Dramatic Change To Mental Health Care
The field of pyschology is embracing VR as a new tool for the treatment of a wide range of disorders, including pain, autism, alzheimers, PTSD, phobias, and depression. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - October 25, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Charlie Fink, Contributor Source Type: news

'After, I feel ecstatic and emotional': could virtual reality replace therapy?
If you ’ve got acrophobia, paranoia, fear of flying, PTSD, even depression, software could soon be the solutionLeslie Channell admits he ’s not a typical case for treatment. Channell, known to everybody as Chann, is a registered pilot who served 24 years in the army working on Apache helicopters. Chann also happens to be scared of heights. He doesn’t mind flying planes or sitting on the side of the Apache with the door open; he’ s just terrified of going up two or three floors of a building or driving over a bridge.Chann is nervous; his speech is fast. He says he ’s sweating. We meet at a tren...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 7, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Simon Hattenstone Tags: Mental health Virtual reality Depression Psychology Science Life and style Society Technology Source Type: news

Magnet therapy shows promise in alleviating anxiety, research finds
(Natural News) Fears can now be blocked in a split second, provided that a specific region of your brain will be stimulated magnetically. This is a novel undertaking, seeing that a lot of people these days are afflicted with all kinds of phobias; some panic the first moment that they step foot on an aircraft,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New way to wipe out lifelong phobias - in just one session
Alisa Youngman, 26, from Beverley, Yorkshire, was terrified of birds all her life. Yet recently she has even fed the pigeons having undergone a new treatment called brain working recursive therapy. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

5 Common Myths about Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
Whether you’ve been to therapy or not, you’ve probably heard about cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). It’s a popular type of therapy that many, many therapists use to help their clients treat everything from severe anxiety to debilitating depression. But even though CBT is widespread, it’s still highly misunderstood—even by the professionals who practice it. Numerous myths still abound. Below, two psychologists who specialize in CBT share the facts behind the most common misconceptions. Myth: CBT is a rigid, one-size-fits-all approach where a clinician applies a specific technique to a specif...
Source: Psych Central - August 6, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Tags: Cognitive-Behavioral Disorders General Psychology Psychotherapy Treatment Anxiety Anxiety Disorders Cbt CBT myths CBT psychologist Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Depression distorted thoughts Mood Disorders Negative Thoughts Source Type: news

Book Review: On Edge
“Fear ambushes me… I feel fine… And then, a second later, I’m not,” writes Andrea Peterson. Her new book, On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety, is an exploration of her life with anxiety, from her first panic attack, to realizing that she had an anxiety disorder, to sorting out the dizzying array of treatments and ultimately discovering for herself what anxiety is and how to live with it. While it is estimated that one in three Americans will have at least one anxiety disorder in their lifetime, it took Peterson multiple trips to the emergency room, EKG tests...
Source: Psych Central - August 3, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Claire Nana Tags: Anti-anxiety Book Reviews Healthy Living Mindfulness Personal Stories Women's Issues Source Type: news

Anxiety cure: Five ways to overcome these most common phobias
ANXIETY disorders include phobias, an excessive and irrational fear of something, and common types can include a fear of heights, snakes and public speaking. However, it ’s possible to control them or reduce their impact. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - July 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A New Way for Therapists to Get Inside Heads: Virtual Reality
Limbix, a start-up using Google headsets, helps psychologists expose patients to their anxieties in the safety of an office. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: CADE METZ Tags: Virtual Reality (Computers) Anxiety and Stress Psychology and Psychologists Phobias Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Source Type: news

Science News » Webinar: RDoC - Fear & amp; Anxiety: From Mechanisms to Implementation
This November 2016 RDoC webinar highlights the role of fear and anxiety in disorders such as phobias and depression. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - July 21, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: NIMH Press Office Source Type: news