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Confronting phobias and other fears
Fredric Neuman M.D.
Men are, not uncommonly, afraid of what a woman might think if they were to lose their erection. Why?
Two important reasons never to use the snooze alarm, and a discussion of different kinds of insomnia.
Patients come to psychotherapy looking for better ways to cope. When they are offered advice, however, they tend not to take it. Why?
The scandals of which Scott Pruitt, former Director of the Environmental Protection Agency fall into familiar categories--except for his pursuit of a used mattress . Some comments
Cruelty to children affects not only the children, but also all the witnesses to that cruelty. Emotion reactions range from post-traumatic stress disorder to a blunting effect.
A recent change in administration policy has involved separating children from their parents at the border. Here's a discussion on certain aspects of cruelty and what can be done.
Trying to sort out long-standing family conflicts is fraught with the possibility of making things worse. Here are some suggestions.
Sometimes Antidepressants don’t work. This may be because they are prescribed inappropriately, often for long-term feelings of low self-esteem or following loss.
People underestimate their ability to change, although change takes time. They can grow to like healthy foods and to like dieting.Also they can develop healthy behaviors in time.
Donald Trump holds himself out as an example for heroism in the face of a school shooter. A thought experiment designed to discover if that is realistic.
An account, referencing the bible, of the possible consequences of calling people names.
A discussion of some of the issues surrounding the sexual abuse of young women.
When Freudian nightmares become real.
A psychiatric explanation of why Trump tweets when it is not in his best interest to do so.
Contrary to popular opinion, it is possible, with a proper strategy, to enjoy dating.
I am still troubled as I have grown very old with the big questions in life. Here they are.
Whether a child grows up to be spoiled—or not—will have a considerable effect on his life.
Many men and women worry about not being "good in bed." The advice I give applies to many other sort of personal encounters: a first date, a job interview, or selling something
Alcoholism tends to run in families. It is often possible to recognize a vulnerability during adolescence by the way that your loved one drinks.
Every once in a while an unapproved treatment seems worth considering.
Frequently, a patient asks me if he/she should leave the person he/she is dating. Usually, that person's friends make that recommendation. I do not usually--for different reasons.
Someone may explain a hesitancy to marry in terms of a particular partner. Often, however, there are are more general reasons.Some men and women see marriage as a constraint.
Many self-destructive behaviors, such as drug use, are initially pleasant. But others persist even though they feel bad—and these can be harder to explain.
An exploration of the reasons why someone may not call back after a great first date. Some of the reasons are discoverable—and may be important.
Worrying is frustrated planning. When planning seems out of one's control, worry results. The treatment of a worry, therefore, is to find a plan for action.
A major depression can overcome someone within a matter of days. Suicide, which is sometimes a consequence of such an illness, can occur seemingly for no reason, suddenly.
A discussion of some of the important ingredient in living a happy life
A contrast between agoraphobia and more specific phobias. A presentation of a question that stumped me during a radio broadcast.
An example of the treatment of an exaggerated fear—of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Surprisingly, the very quick cure of this fear was followed by a lessening of other fears.
Some fears outlast the life of a panic disorder. They include the fear of getting lost, encountering strangers and, perhaps, travel in general.
Fredric Neuman, M.D., is the Director of the Anxiety and Phobia Center at White Plains Hospital.