Phobias (Non-Psychological Conditions)

If one is familiar with phobias, they might know that most of the effects they have on the person are psychological.  The mere thought of such things or situations coming to them and the effects that these could bring increase their heart rate, make them sweat, and cause them to run away.  There is no obvious threat actually.  It is all in the mind.

But there are some phobias which are non-psychological conditions.  What this means is that they are really a threat to the person.  People with these phobias (non-psychological conditions) opt to stay away for fear that they would be affected physically.  They might be having some physical or medical conditions that cause them to do so. They do not really fear the item in a sense, they simply want to avoid complications, or it is not their intention.  Some examples of these conditions include: hydrophobia which is the fear of drinking water or being near water.  This is present in babies after a few weeks of having the disease. Photophobia is manifested by a severe hypersensitivity to light.  This is present in those who have eye problems, like inflamed eyes, or ultra dilated pupils, might not be able to tolerate brightness.  People with migraine might also be sensitive to lights (photophobia), to sounds (phonophobia) and to certain smell (osmophobia).   These things trigger an attack that is so severe and painful, so they prefer to stay away than suffer the consequences. 

One might consider phobias (non-psychological conditions) as “allergies”.  The substances involved can cause a physical reaction so they are best avoided.   To be diagnosed and treated for such condition, one needs to see a professional with ample experience in these types of phobias.

If one feels that they have phobias (non-psychological conditions), they should consult a trained specialist regarding it.  This cannot be self-diagnosed.  There are some who might think they have a non-psychological condition when in truth, they have a psychological one.  Psychologists use a special kind of equipment in determining this and finding out its causes.  They will try to find out whether after the physical illness is gone, the symptoms of the phobia will go away as well.  Causes of such phobias could be traumatic, biological, or cultural. Treatments will follow after the determination of the cause.

It is very important to choose a qualified therapist or psychologist in the treatment of phobias (non-psychological conditions).  One should choose one who specializes in phobias and with extensive knowledge and expertise.  If it is possible, look at the qualifications of the physician.  If he or she was recommended by a person he treated, who previously had the condition, then that would be better.
Treatment for phobias (non-psychological conditions) includes medications, therapy, and counselling which is dependent on the type of condition of the patient.   Changes in the diet and also in the physical set-up of the environment might also be necessary.  Time for recovery might vary but one thing is for sure – it can be cured.

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