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Treating Fears Of The Body
While any phobia can have a psychological aspect to it, some phobias are not psychological from a strict point of view: they cause physical or sensory distress in a patient, and they’re therefore very real conditions for the patient and for the doctor treating the patient.
Some examples of non-psychological phobias include:
- Hydrophobia – Fear or extreme reaction to water
- Photophobia – Reaction to light
- Phonophobia – Reaction to sound
- Osmophobia – Reaction to smells or odors
Any biological reaction to a chemical, liquid, or material can be non-psychological. This is even true in cases where a condition is completely manifested in the patient’s mind. For instance, many migraine headache sufferers become somewhat photophobic, but not without good reason–the migraines intensify the way that their minds react to light. Non-psychological phobias may be seen as similar to allergies, but generally speaking a biological phobia is considered more severe and aspects of the patient’s mental health are involved.
If you are interested in having a non-psychological phobia treated or diagnosed, you will need to see a licensed professional with experience in dealing with these special phobias.
Separating Non-Psychological And Psychological Phobias
Some patients may believe that they have a non-psychological phobia when they actually have a completely psychological condition. A patient may be sure that he or she has a biological osmophobia, for instance, while a psychiatric evaluation could reveal otherwise.
Because of this, patients can’t self-diagnose themselves with non-psychological phobias. A trained therapist or psychologist who specializes in phobias is important, particularly when treating non-psychological phobias that cannot be proven via simple observational means.
Psychologists may use special equipment to diagnose non-psychological phobias or psychological evaluation of the patient. They may try to determine whether the causes of a phobia are biological, traumatic, or cultural. This allows a physician to decide on a plan for treatment.
It is very important to look for a qualified physician if you believe that you have a non-psychological phobia. Try to find a physician who specializes in allergies and phobias or a therapist who has worked extensively in these fields. Ask to see the physician’s qualifications; a post-graduate degree would be best when addressing particularly complex biological and non-physical phobias in any patient.
Once you’ve been diagnosed, you can be treated, but without a qualified diagnosis, it can be very difficult to live with a non-psychological phobia. Patients may have severe reactions and in some cases, the phobia can be very dangerous to patient health, so obtaining a quick diagnosis is the best course of action.
Treating Phobias Which Are Not Psychological
To treat a non-psychological phobia, various medications might be used depending on the circumstances and the patient. A change in diet may be recommended, or if the phobia is the result of another physical or non-physical condition, that condition will need to be treated.
Because of the wide range of conditions that can be considered to be non-psychological, it is difficult to give a broad estimate of the costs associated with treatment or a time frame for recovery. However, there are a wide range of therapeutic and medical treatments that are available and many are supported by health insurance companies–even in some situations in which the condition is diagnosed as psychological.
If you or someone you know has a non-psychological phobia, treatment can be extremely effective. The faster that the phobia is treated, the lower the chances of continuous effects, so treating your phobia as quickly as possible is highly recommended by many licensed therapists.
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