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Smells Become Stinkier When Anxiety Takes Hold
2013-09-25 14:22:00

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists are increasingly showing that our mental state can change our perceptions of the world around us and a new study in the Journal of Neuroscience found that people in a state of anxiety rate neutral smells lower than when they are relaxed. "After anxiety induction, neutral smells become clearly negative," explained study author Wen Li, a professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. "People experiencing an...

Some Fears May Be Eliminated Just By Going To Sleep
2013-09-23 09:25:43

[ Watch the Video: Never Fear! Just Sleep On It! ] Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research has shown some fears could be unlearned while a person sleeps. Using specific odors, such as woody or floral scents, scientists were able to reduce the reactions of subjects who were trained to fear a pair of faces prior to the study. Going forward, the researchers say this new technique could be used to treat people who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder...

Mice Aren't Scaredy-Cats When Infected By Toxoplasma
2013-09-19 13:05:53

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Known to cause spontaneous abortions in pregnant women or death in immune-compromised patients, the parasite Toxoplasma gondii has an even stranger effect in mice – it takes away their fear of cats. The fearless mice are a boon to both cats, which get an easy meal, and the parasite, which gets access to the cat's intestinal track – the only place the parasite can sexually reproduce. According to a new University of California,...

Scientists Study Vicariously Unlearning Fears
2013-09-16 17:58:47

[ Read the Article: Facing Your Fears Vicariously ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Whether it’s a fear of spiders or clowns, phobias can be difficult to overcome. However, new research from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden has revealed that seeing someone else safely interact with the feared creature or person can help to reduce these conditioned fear responses and keep them from resurfacing later on. According to the Swedish researchers’...

Experts Afraid Of Spiders
2013-09-16 13:16:58

[ Watch the Video: Entomologists With Arachnophobia? ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Arachnophobia, or the fear of spiders, is understandable in the typical person. However, University of California, Riverside professor Richard Vetter recently looked into the prevalence of this phobia in entomologists – men and women who work with bugs on a daily basis. According to a report of Vetter's study published in American Entomologist, a survey of 41 self-described...

2013-09-11 23:27:07

“The Shyness And Social Anxiety System” created by Sean Cooper is a newly updated book that reveals to people an exclusive social phobia treatment, and advanced methods to eliminate their anxiety, self-doubt, nervousness, fear and insecurities. A full “The Shyness And Social Anxiety System” overview on the site Vkoolelite indicates if the book is worth buying. (PRWEB) September 11, 2013 “The Shyness And Social Anxiety System” penned by Sean Cooper is the latest book that helps...

2013-09-10 23:30:07

Panic Puzzle Program created by Cheryl Lane and Rich Presta is a newly updated program that teaches people how to manage panic attacks quickly. A full Panic Puzzle Program overview on the site Vinamy.com indicates if the program is worth buying. Seattle, WA (PRWEB) September 10, 2013 Panic Puzzle Program designed by Cheryl Lane and Rich Presta is a newly updated program that provides people with an exclusive social anxiety disorder treatment method. After Cheryl Lane and Rich Presta...

Back To School: Anxious Parents Make For Anxious Children
2013-09-10 04:54:32

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Parents – if your children appear to have back to school jitters on their first week back in the classroom, it may be your fault, according to researchers from the Université de Montréal. Richard Tremblay, a professor emeritus at the university who specializes in childhood psychology and psychiatry, explained that children who seem agitated or withdrawn after returning to school may not be the result of their own concerns over...

2013-09-09 23:24:55

Trails Carolina wilderness therapy program encourages students struggling with school refusal and school anxiety to see the classroom in a new light. Asheville, NC (PRWEB) September 09, 2013 Summer is over and school refusal and school anxiety issues follow. The close of summer brings the beginning of a new school year for millions of students across the country. While uncertainty about the new school year and disappointment about the end of summer are common, for some students the fear...

Fear Of Holes Evolutionary Origins
2013-09-03 09:31:04

[ Watch the Video: Watch Out For Holes, You May Have Trypophobia ] Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While it’s a widely recognized condition online, it has yet to be officially recognized by medical officials. Trypophobia is described by psychologists Geoff Cole and Arnold Wilkins as the fear of small clusters of holes, such as those seen in pods of lotus flowers, milk foam bubbles on a latte, or the spots on a frog’s back. According to those who report having...


Latest Fear Reference Libraries

Spectrophobia
2013-12-24 12:23:34

Spectrophobia is a kind of specific phobia involving a morbid fear of mirrors. Catoptrophobia is the fear of mirrors. This phobia is distinct from Eisoptrophobia, which is the fear of your own reflection. In general, an individual suffering from this phobia has been traumatized in an event where they believe they have seen or heard apparitions or ghosts. The individual could also become traumatized by television shows, nightmares, or horror films. This fear could be the result of a trauma...

Ophidiophobia
2013-12-24 09:20:10

Ophidiophobia or ophiophobia is a particular form of specific phobia, the abnormal fear of snakes. Fear of snakes is occasionally referred to as a more general term, herpetophobia, fear of reptiles and/or amphibians. The word comes from the Greek ophis, which is in reference to snakes and phobia, meaning fear. Numerous symptoms are common among ophidiophobes including a feeling of uncontrollable anxiety when thinking about or are exposed to snakes, the feeling that you must do everything...

Acrophobia
2013-10-21 09:15:37

Acrophobia, derived from the Greek: ákron, meaning "peak, summit, edge”, is an intense, irrational fear of heights. This is a somewhat common fear; between 2 and 5 percent of the general population suffer from a fear of heights, and twice the number of sufferers are female. Like most phobias, Acrophobia is generally attributed to a traumatic incident involving heights; however, recent studies have questioned this theory, due to the prevalence of this phobia. Some studies have suggested...

Generalized Anxiety Disorder
2013-07-25 15:07:54

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is an anxiety disorder with worry about normal, everyday situations such as finance, health and wellbeing in relationships (personal and work related) all lasting longer than six months. Symptoms The symptoms of GAD can include but are not limited to difficulty swallowing, rashes, shortness of breath, fidgeting, headaches, tension, nausea, etc. In order for GAD to be ruled as present, the symptoms and feelings must be experiences for at least six...

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