Neuroscientists use neurofeedback to erase fear in the brain

Imagine a person is terrified of dogs because they once suffered a terrible bite. Following long-established techniques, their psychologist might gradually expose them to dogs in a safe setting, until their fear gradually faded away. This ...

Dec 9

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How Virtual Reality Is Revolutionizing Clinical Therapy and Treatment ...

In 2016, virtual reality is exciting. Be it dogfighting through space in EVE: Valkyrie, defusing bombs in Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, or making a complete ass of an operation in Surgeon Simulator, the past few years have seen the tech finally ...

Sep 23

Categories: Phobias, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex PTSD

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Spiders Look Bigger If You’re Afraid of Them

People who fear spiders tend to perceive these creepy-crawlies as larger than they actually are, a new study finds.

Feb 25

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Scientists Study Nomophobia - Fear of Being without a Mobile Phone

My dependence on devices reached an embarrassing low recently. As I hurried to leave for work one morning, I patted my back pocket and realized I did not have my phone. Seconds later, in a fully automatic behavioral response, I patted my back pocket ...

Oct 28

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Researchers Discover How Brain Recognizes Danger

Study in Nature May Lead to New Therapies for PTSD, Phobias and Anxieties

Jan 23

Categories: Anxiety, Phobias, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / ...

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Phobia for air travel soars after MH370 and MH17 disasters

Flight phobia is on the rise in the country following a spate of air disasters. Malaysian Mental Health Asso­ciation president Assoc Prof Datuk Dr Andrew Mohanraj said he had treated more patients who confessed to a fear for flying following the ...

Jul 31

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How to Get Over Stage Fright

What if you suddenly became intensely afraid of some integral part of your own career? In a recent interview with Fresh Air about her new film Obvious Child, Jenny Slate talked about her sudden-onset stage fright, a potentially career-killing phobia ...

Jul 12

Categories: Phobias, Social Anxiety / Phobia

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Medication found to be helpful in treatment of phobias, ...

A drug used to treat Parkinson's disease could also help people with phobias or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Scientists of the Translational Neurosciences (FTN) Research Center at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) are currently ...

Jul 11

Categories: Phobias, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex PTSD

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The Infested Mind: Why Humans Fear, Loathe, and Love Insects

Salvador Dalí, the surrealist painter, was so afraid of grasshoppers that he jumped from a second-floor window at the sight of one. The 19 million Americans who suffer from insect phobias can relate, and I count myself among them. Lockwood suffered ...

Nov 23

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Phobias may be cured by watching others, study shows

Whether it is a fear of spiders, snakes or heights, many of us have phobias that we would love to be rid of for good. Now, a new study suggests that we can, by watching other individuals interact with the object or scenario that frightens us.

Sep 18

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The most common phobia you have never heard of

Does the sight of soap bubbles, aerated chocolate or a lotus flower seed pod bring you out in a cold sweat and make you feel panicky? If so, you could be a sufferer of one of the most common phobias you have never heard of – trypophobia, or the ...

Sep 4

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