Desensitization is a psychological treatment that aims to reduce emotional response to a negative stimulus. It is used to help people with phobias and anxiety disorders.

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Why do I fear so many things?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 46 year old male. My health is good since my childhood. I am a pure vegetarian. I do not smoke or drink alcohol. I have completed my PhD in plant biotechnology. My mother died when I was 10 due to heart problems. My father died a year back and he was healthy except minor hyperten...  Read Full »

Dr. Kumarshri Shriniwas Saraswat

Psychiatrist, Psychologist Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Sexologist, Sleep Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your detailed history. Your primary complaints are of multiple phobias, including agoraphobia. It is quite evident from other details that you are physically healthy and the problems are of psychological origin. Now, coming to your medicine history...  Read Full »

Why do I go blank during exams?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 18 years old. I am a student. I do not understand my condition. I have very important exams. I used to get good marks constantly and then everything turned up against me now. I prepare my best, but I do very badly in my exams. I am feeling hopeless. Even after studying 8 hours daily,...  Read Full »

Dr. Mehwish Mursaleen

Psychologist Counsellor

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read and completely understand your issue. You have a problem related to exam anxiety as you lose concentration and your mind gets numb during the exam. I need to ask you a few things. Has this problem only arisen during the exam? Or if you also get disturbed by th...  Read Full »

What can be done for anxiety while in crowd?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 28 years old and weigh 90 kg. My problem is anxiety. I feel anxious whenever I have to deal with my boss, attend a meeting, speak in front of a crowd. I feel breathlessness and discomfort. My voice starts to break. I am doing well at my job and recently got a promotion. However, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Aneel Kumar


Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your history reflects social anxiety disorder but that needs detailed assessment. You need medication as well as psychotherapy session, medications are required to control the symptoms but medications has some limitations like it would not change your personality, think...  Read Full »

How to deal with electrophobia?

Query: Hi doctor, I am waiting for CBT therapy for fear of electricity. Getting concerned as no therapist has come across this before. How can they help me as the electricity is everywhere? I am afraid of the electricity in general. If I am being exposed to each appliance separately, that would take a lo...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Udey

Geriatrician, Psychiatrist, Sexologist, Sleep Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) does not mean only exposure to fearful situations and then desensitizing. Exposure can be done to group of appliances at a time, rather than a single appliance. Besides this mental exposure task can also be performed which will help to r...  Read Full »

Is it normal to have pain and sensitivity in the tooth due to cavity?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 14 years old. I have pain in my canine tooth due to a cavity. I have a sensitivity problem when I brush my teeth and when I eat ice cream. Is it normal?  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray


Answer: Hi, Welcome to If you have not filled the tooth and if there is sensitivity in the tooth, then it will not have a long term. It takes a month to have a formation of secondary dentine. So for one month, you must not eat too hot or too cold foods. Please mention about the treatment take...  Read Full »

Is there any permanent cure for my unwanted thoughts?

Query: Hi doctor, I am keep on getting unwanted thoughts and feelings related to the environment around in the vicinity. I am getting images of god, food items, fecal matter, song lyrics, animal skin feeling sensation, etc. There are countless examples. I am getting some racing feeling while resisting my t...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Psychiatrist, Sexologist, Psychotherapist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. The intrusive thoughts and ideas you have mentioned are related to obsessive thoughts and should be evaluated properly. Obsessions are repetitive, unwanted, intrusive, repugnant, dominating ideas, impulses or thoughts that are purposeless an...  Read Full »

Is it possible to desensitize myself to nickel?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been sensitized to nickel from a scalp adhesive for hair replacement. The bond had nickel sulfate. I did this for 10 years. I developed dermatitis or eczema in my brows and eyelids, etc. I have realized since I have decreased my dietary nickel intake and stopped the bonding, my...  Read Full »

Dr. Shanza Ikram


Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your case. Well, desensitization is a process in which we gradually expose a patient to an allergen until a patient develops a tolerance for it. Till date, it is being considered as a therapy for many conditions such as penicillin sensitivity or rhin...  Read Full »

I have social anxiety and depression. Will I benefit from a therapy dog?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 16 year old. I have social anxiety and depression. I find it hard to talk to people, especially in public. I also have a problem with talking about my feelings face to face, making the idea of a therapist very nerve-wrecking. I am not sure if I would talk. I would probably jus...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Psychiatrist, Sexologist, Psychotherapist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to A therapy dog can help in relieving anxiety. But, since your anxiety is related to social situations, I do not think that a therapy dog will relieve your social anxiety. The anxiety will go away with exposure or by systematic desensitization. You have to take the f...  Read Full »

I am getting nervous and start sweating when I meet new people. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, While talking to people like in the office, with my boss or a new person I am getting nervous and start sweating. How to stop that nervousness and sweating? Because of this fear, I am avoiding official meetings and personally meet with people around me as well.  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Andrologist, General Practitioner, Geriatrician, Psychiatrist, Psychologist Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Sexologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From the available description, it appears that you are suffering with social phobia. This is a kind of anxiety disorder where the person feels difficult to engage in many of social activities and fears that he is judged by others. With regard to treatment, I like to assu...  Read Full »

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