2012 AND WEATHER PHOBIA
Many people with severe weather phobia will consistently watch the Weather Channel, weather alert radios or computor to check for any weather updates or warnings. They will also check their basements, closets, attics and even under the bed to make sure that they are prepared for severe weather.
And of course compoud this with the bad weather predictions of 2012 disasters and a real panic is now at hand!
BY SHAY ALEXANDER
Red sky in the morning, 2012's warnings
Hurricanes, Typhoons & Tropical Cyclones occur Worldwide each year. The 2008 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially came to a close in November 2008, marking the end of a season that produced a record number of
consecutive storms to strike the United States and ranks as one of the
more active seasons in the 64 years since comprehensive records began. Buy what do the next 4 years before us hold.
What is Severe 2012 Weather Phobia?
One of the types of phobias which has recently been given a name is 2012 severe weather phobia, or as you can probably guess, a fear of bad or severe weather associated with the year 2012.
Though normally many individuals are afraid of ice storms that occur in the winter, most people who suffer from severe weather phobia are afraid also of thunder, lightning, tornadoes, high winds, cloudy days, clear nights and hurricanes. Some are even afraid of rain.
Since the most common time for all of these different types of weather storms occur is the summer, it is during this time that many people find that severe weather phobia interferes with regular life activities. And with the compounded fear that 2012 and end time secenarios bring the 2012 weather phobia is beginig to take hold.
There are a number of different characteristics of severe weather phobia. One of the main characteristics is that you are, of course, overly afraid of the possibility of severe weather. You may find yourself experiencing panic attack-like symptoms, including a fast heartbeat, nausea, dizziness, difficulty breathing, chest pains, sweats and chills - to name a few. Some people even claim that they are afraid to eat when they know that severe weather is coming. Not only will you be concerned about your safety, but you will also be concerned about the safety of your loved ones.
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For the first time on record, six consecutive tropical cyclones (Dolly, Edouard, Fay, Gustav, Hanna and Ike) made landfall on the U.S. mainland and a record three major hurricanes (Gustav, Ike and Paloma) struck Cuba. This is also the first Atlantic season to have a major hurricane (Category 3) form in five consecutive months (July: Bertha, August: Gustav, September: Ike, October: Omar, November: Paloma).
Bell attributes this year’s above-normal season to conditions that include:
- An ongoing multi-decadal signal. This combination of ocean and atmospheric conditions has spawned increased hurricane activity since 1995.
- Lingering La Niña effects. Although the La Niña that began in the Fall of 2007 ended in June, its influence of light wind shear lingered.
- Warmer tropical Atlantic Ocean temperatures. On average, the tropical Atlantic was about 1.0 degree Fahrenheit above normal during the peak of the season.
- Tropical Storm Risk (TSR) offers a leading resource for forecasting the risk from tropical storms worldwide. The venture provides information and innovative forecast products to benefit risk awareness and decision making in (re)insurance, other business sectors, government and society. TSR has won two major insurance industry awards in the past three years - the British Insurance Awards for Risk Management (2006) and for London Market Innovation (2004). Recent innovations include a breakthrough in the seasonal prediction of hurricane activity reaching the coast of the US, the first demonstration of the business relevance of seasonal US hurricane forecasts, and the introduction of forecast windspeed probabilities for tropical cyclones worldwide.
Most psychologists and psychiatrists classify most 2012 phobias into three categories:
* 2012 Social phobia, also known as 2012 social anxiety disorder - fears involving other people or social situations such as performance anxiety or fears of embarrassment by scrutiny of others, such as fearing the year 2012.
2012 Social phobia may be further subdivided into generalized social phobia, and specific social phobia, which are cases of anxiety triggered only in specific situations. The symptoms may extend to psychosomatic manifestation of physical problems. For example, sufferers of 2012 phobia find it difficult or impossible to talk about the uear, the date or even acknowlege that it will happen. That goes beyond mere preference. If the condition triggers, the person physically cannot cope or even look at anything 2012 related.
* Specific 2012 phobias - fear of a single specific panic trigger such as water, waves, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, heat waves cold snaps etc.
* 2012 Agoraphobia - a generalized fear of leaving home or a small familiar 'safe' area, and of possible panic attacks that might follow.
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV), social phobia, specific phobia, and agoraphobia are sub-groups of anxiety disorder.
Many of the specific phobias, such as fear of dogs, heights, spiders and so forth, are extensions of fears that a lot of people have. People with these phobias specifically avoid the entity they fear. As do those that fear December 21, 2012.
2012 Phobias vary in severity among individuals. Some individuals can simply avoid the subject of their fear and suffer only relatively mild anxiety over that fear. Others suffer fully-fledged panic attacks with all the associated disabling symptoms. Most individuals understand that they are suffering from an irrational 2012 fear, but are powerless to override their initial panic reaction.
Some therapists use virtual reality or imagery exercise to desensitize patients to the feared entity. These are parts of systematic desensitization therapy.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can be beneficial. Cognitive behavioral therapy lets the patient understand the cycle of negative thought patterns, and ways to change these thought patterns. CBT may be conducted in a group setting. Gradual desensitisation treatment and CBT are often successful, provided the patient is willing to endure some discomfort and to make a continuous effort over a long period of time.
Hypnotherapy coupled with Neuro-linguistic programming can also be used to help remove the associations that trigger a phobic reaction.
Anti-anxiety or anti-depression medications can be of assistance in many cases. Benzodiazepines could be prescribed for short-term use.
Emotional Freedom Technique, a psychotherapeutic alternative medicine tool, considered to be pseudoscience by the mainstream medicine, is allegedly useful.
These treatment options are not mutually exclusive. Often a therapist will suggest multiple treatments.
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