People are often told they need to face their fears in order to overcome them. Exposure therapy forces those with specific phobias to do just that, aiming to reduce the fear and anxiety that their phobic stimuli produce. National Face Your Fears Day, which was on Oct. 13, 2015, is a time to explore different forms of exposure therapy and how they can treat individuals with specific phobias.
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reports that social anxiety disorder or social phobia is the third most common mental health disorder in the United States. There are various treatment options available to those struggling with social phobia, most notably cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). In honor of National Face Your Fears Day, specialists examined the effectiveness of these different treatment modalities on individuals facing extreme social anxiety.
DNA holds the key to many aspects of human life. However, the nature versus nurture debate continues within the behavioral health field. Recent research indicates that fear responses to past trauma might be inherited through chemical changes in genetic material. National Face Your Fears Day which occurred on Oct. 13, 2015 provided a chance to examine the biological and psychological causes of specific phobias and how the two are linked.
Fears can be debilitating. This is especially true of specific phobias, which often have the power to take over an individual’s daily life. Despite awareness of the irrationality of their condition, most individuals with specific phobias feel intense anxiety in situations in any way related to the subject of their fear. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) identifies specific phobias as “[m]arked fear or anxiety about a specific object or situation (e.g. fling, heights, animals, receiving an injection, seeing blood).” In honor of National Face Your Fears Day on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, specialists explore the realities surrounding phobias and the people who cope with them. Read more
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