We all have phobias and fears

phobiasEvelyn saw the huge building having approximately 27 floors in it. Instantly she had goose bumps on her hands and arms by the thought of taking a lift. After graduation, this was her 17th trip to search for job in a big New York City and she felt completely helpless and dizzy at that moment when she realized that even this job she had to let it go since she couldn’t fight her fear of lifts.

It can be darkness, spiders, tallest building in the town, waterfall, bridges or tunnels, we all have some or other phobias and fears that makes it scariest thing to ever experience. Approximately 4 to 5 percent of the U.S. population has phobias. Phobias are usually persistent in nature and are irrational fears of certain objects or situations that have a strong presence in your mind that even if a thought triggers in your mind you can be as terrified as if it is right there. An imagination or thought can make you so afraid of it that you never want to experience it and you take so much effort for it to avoid it. However, if you’re a person with phobia never makes an effort or think about it that how can you tackle this problem for once and for all, but spends your entire life to avoid it. That’s how the phobias are terrible in nature.

It’s very common to be fearful of certain situations or objects that are rare in sight or frightening itself such as seeing a snake on busy streets of New York can be scary for a city dweller, but not for those who live in bushy areas. But the problem comes when phobias and fears start interfering in your life. of your phobia is extreme in nature, it may affect your social activities, school performance, career or sleep. in such cases, you may want to see a qualified specialist.

The most common phobias and fears found among people are social phobia, animal phobia, situational phobia and blood-injection-injury phobia. A good amount of people have a fear of heights, water, storms and the dark. A large chunk of U.S. population also has animal phobias that include the fear of snakes, spiders and dogs.

If you have any of these phobias, you can quickly experience a number of symptoms such as sweating, trembling, chest pain, difficulty breathing, hot or cold flashes, racing or pounding heart, and a churning stomach.

People with phobias and fears can have poor quality of their life. You may want to avoid social situations where you may not feel safe and thus, you will have a poor social network and less chance to interact with people. Phobias can also have impact on your career choices and jobs. Thus, identify your phobia and if you feel that it is affecting your personal and professional life, seek medical help.

No matter how extreme your phobias and fears are they can be treated!


Scrutinizing the Somatoform disorder

Somatoform disordersPeople deal with many kinds of psychological issues. Most of us are  aware of the common  psychological troubles that troubles the people like depression, anxiety, mental retardation, obsessive compulsive disorders and phobias to name a few. These are the common issues that are found in many people. But sometimes it is very hard to understand some of the mental issues and they leave us perplexed. There are no particular signs and symptoms of these mental disorders and it is very hard to determine also what exactly the person is going through. One of such mental issue that person goes through is Somatoform disorder.

Now you must be wondering what exactly is Somatoform disorder. This is basically a name for the group of conditions which the person feels is actually related to a psychological factor. People who are affected with this disorder go through several kinds of medical tests and evaluations just to make sure that they are not suffering from any kind of illness or heath disorder. They are constantly worried about their health. Even if they are not suffering from any kind of illness they do all the tests just to make sure that they are not suffering from any kind of ailment.

The symptoms are sometimes very similar to the other kind of illness and it may last for several years. People have the problem of Somatoform disorder are not faking their symptoms. The pain what feel at times is very real.

There number of symptoms of the Somatoform disorders. They are:
Somatization disorder: this usually involves pain and severe neurological symptoms like headache, fatigue, digestive problems like vomiting and abdominal pain and sexual symptoms like loss of sexual desire and extremely painful periods in women.

Hypochondriasis: in this symptom, the person start believing that even minor kind of body functions like grumbling stomach or minor headache are signs of some major health disorder. They think that grumbling stomach is a sign of cancer and headache means a brain tumor.

Body dysmorphic disorder: the person is very much obsessed with the flaws in his or her body and even with those flaws that does not exist. Be it wrinkle, hair loss, weight gain or any other thing, the person becomes very conscious about it. They continually focus on their features like eyes, nose and breast in the body dysmorphic disorder.

Conversion disorder: this happens when the physical symptoms that are similar to a neurological develop when there is actually no neurological disorder present.

What exactly causes Somatoform disorder is not known yet. In some of the cases, there might be some kind of trouble with the nerve that sends signals to the brain. The pain that is caused due to the Somatoform disorder is real and they are not imagined. This issue can be genetic and can pass on from one generation to another. There is no set cure for this disorder, however they can be managed. It mainly focuses on bringing the person’s life to a normal routine without focusing on their physical issue. The use of medications may be involved in the treatment of Somatoform disorder.