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Confronting phobias and other fears
Fredric Neuman M.D.
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 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 are initially pleasant. Drug abuse is an example. But other self-destructive behaviors persist even though they feel bad. These are hard 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.
The "shy bladder," paruresis, is explained. An examination of the implications of the North Carolina law barring LGBT individuals from public bathrooms.
The strategy in treating phobias is confrontation. But phobic persons often prefer one seat over another in phobic situations. precisely to avoid confrontation. Some suggestions.
It shows you that if you try hard enough, you can Democrats and Republicans to agree on something: guns at the Republican convention.
Persons suffering from Obsessive-compulsive disorder imagine the world to be more dangerous than it is. In particular, they think substances are dangerous even in tiny amounts.
Is there a hidden agenda in the back and forth between Donald Trump and Marco Rubio about genital matters? Does the talk about Donald's penis imply anything about Hillary Clinton?
Should Justice Scalia's work on the cases now before the court count as an actual vote--despite his being dead? An examination of how his views may have changed since dying,
Psychiatrists, psychologists and the general public tend to use certain terms in a defamatory way, rather than in an attempt to explain anything.
I've been a therapist for a long time, and I have spoken to many women; but no one has explained to me what goes into being "a really good kisser." Can someone help?
Fredric Neuman, M.D., is the Director of the Anxiety and Phobia Center at White Plains Hospital.