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Designed to give patients a variety of mind body skills and interventions to decrease medical symptoms and build resilience.
The Cognitive Behavioral Neurology Unit offers diagnosis and treatment to patients with disorders and diseases of the brain affecting language, memory, problem solving, emotional function and behavior.
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The Adult Intensive Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (AICBT) program offers intensive cognitive behavioral treatment for a range of anxiety and obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders.
What is a phobia?
A phobia is an uncontrollable, irrational, and persistent fear of a certain object, situation, or activity. This fear can be so overwhelming that a person may go to great lengths to avoid the source of this fear. One extreme response can be a panic attack. This is a sudden, intense fear that lasts for several minutes. It happens when there is no real danger.
Who is affected by phobias?
About 19 million Americans have 1 or more phobias that range from mild to severe. Phobias can happen in early childhood. But they are often first seen between ages 15 and 20. They affect both men and women equally. But men are more likely to seek treatment for phobias.
What causes phobias?
Research suggests that both genetic and environmental factors contribute to the start of phobias. Certain phobias have been linked to a very bad first encounter with the feared object or situation. Mental health experts don’t know if this first encounter is necessary or if phobias can simply occur in people who are likely to have them.
What are the 3 main types of phobias?
What is specific phobia?
Examples may include a fear of the following:
What are the characteristics of specific phobia?
What is social phobia?
Social phobia often happens with the following:
What are the characteristics of social phobia?
Most people experiencing social phobia will try to avoid situations that provoke dread or otherwise cause them much distress.
Diagnosing social phobia
Social phobia disrupts normal life, interfering with career or social relationships. It often runs in families and may be accompanied by depression or alcoholism. Social phobia often begins around early adolescence or even younger. Approximately 7% of American adults ages 18 to 54 experience social phobia in a given year.
What is agoraphobia?
The anxiety associated with agoraphobia is so severe that panic attacks are not unusual. Individuals with agoraphobia typically try to avoid the location or cause of their fear. Agoraphobia involves fear of situations like the following:
People with agoraphobia typically avoid crowded places like streets, crowded stores, churches, and theaters.
What are the characteristics of agoraphobia?
People with the disorder often become so disabled that they literally feel they cannot leave their homes. Others who have agoraphobia, do go into potentially "phobic" situations, but only with great distress, or when accompanied by a trusted friend or family member.
People with agoraphobia may also develop depression, fatigue, tension, alcohol or drug abuse problems, and obsessive disorders, making seeking treatment crucial. Approximately 1.7% of American adults experience agoraphobia in a given year.
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