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Injection could cure phobias

By T.K. Randall
March 24, 2010 · Comment icon 22 comments



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Scientists have claimed that it may be possible to cure a phobia with nothing more than a simple injection.
Such injections would work by switching off areas of the brain responsible for generating the irrational emotional responses associated with whatever it is the individual is phobic to.
Fear of spiders, sharks, snakes, heights and other phobias could be cured by a simple injection which prevents people from learning to be afraid, claim scientists.


Source: Telegraph | Comments (22)


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Comment icon #13 Posted by _Nyx_ 13 years ago
I am absolutely terrified of spiders as well. No matter how small. No way an injection could "cure" me of it lol darn right....eight-legged freaks
Comment icon #14 Posted by Abramelin 13 years ago
It's gonna take a lot more than some injection for me to even begin to tolerate a spider in my general vicinity. ...and I think people need to have at least a healthy respect, not necesssarily fear, of spiders, snakes, et al....you can't just go waltzing amongst venomous creatures without a care in the world. A healthy respect, yeah, but irrational fear is something else. Not all these critters are venomous, btw. And I think fobias for animals that never did hurt you in any way is caused by upbringing: as a toddler your parents are unconsciously training you to fear a certain animal by way of ... [More]
Comment icon #15 Posted by jholland 13 years ago
What about phobias of injections?
Comment icon #16 Posted by Nenaptio 13 years ago
A healthy respect, yeah, but irrational fear is something else. Not all these critters are venomous, btw. And I think fobias for animals that never did hurt you in any way is caused by upbringing: as a toddler your parents are unconsciously training you to fear a certain animal by way of their own fearfull reactions to that animal. Most, if not all small kids take up a snake and play with it, and show no fear at all, but it's possible that after a few years and lots of scary stories and panic reactions of their parents that they start showing that (irrational) fear to. Here's something for you... [More]
Comment icon #17 Posted by ZuanNiu 13 years ago
I've read a lot about anxiety disorders and their link to faulty chemistry in the brain. Anxiety disorders include things like phobias, which is an irrational fear of something that a person normally might not fear. This might need treatment with anti anxiety meds. But I think some fears are healthy because they keep us alive, so we don't need a shot for that!
Comment icon #18 Posted by when.i.am.queen. 13 years ago
Exactly! There's a good reason to be wary of things like that. I thought technically, a phobia was supposed to be an irrational fear? But anyways, I wouldn't want an injection to cure me of my survival instinct, ta. From my neurobio textbook: Phobia: An irrational fear of specific objects or situations. So pretty much what you said. My understanding of fears and phobias is that visual and auditory stimuli are passed through subcortical neural pathways that connect the visual and auditory systems to the amygdala. As this manages to completely skip any cognitive processing areas in the brain (ac... [More]
Comment icon #19 Posted by Soul Therapy 13 years ago
Ha, ha ... maybe this injection will put hypnotherapists out of business! Like the comments about the phobia of needles though!!
Comment icon #20 Posted by Black Coyote 13 years ago
It sure would be nice to be able to walk through the woods without either using a walking stick to sweep the area in front of me to clear webs, or constantly being on the lookout for those horrible, disgusting things... The last time I walked into a spiderweb out there, they heard me screaming a mile and a half away. And don't get me started on what happens when I spot one of the little freaks crawling on me. I would rather deal with wasps than spiders *shudders*
Comment icon #21 Posted by BaneSilvermoon 13 years ago
Hmm, my girls afraid of spiders to the point that my black widow tattoos freak her out. Fear of a drawing of a spider is definitely in that irrational fear category in my book.
Comment icon #22 Posted by One or Alister Wayman etc. 13 years ago
I have reverse fear of heights- when I look UP at them, it scares me.. but I don't want to take an injection but ONCE to cure it FOR GOOD- no peridical time thing. I may just have to cure it myself though, which would be perfectly fine with me. (=


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