Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Phobias Can Ruin St. Paddy’s Day (Mar. 17)

MARYSVILLE, Wash. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – There’s a lot to fear on St. Patrick’s Day (Mar. 17), but it’s nothing a little green beer can’t fix.

St. Paddy’s Day is no party for people who suffer from debilitating phobias, according to phobia expert Keith Livingston – who’s eased many of their fears through his Phobias Cured workshops, videos, and books.

He says those who fear noise, crowds, germs, pots of gold, and leprechauns will have a difficult time enjoying today’s festivities.

Livingston explains that phobias are born from a traumatic experience and can cause physical and mental anguish, including sweaty palms, rapid heart rate, dizziness, nausea, and an overwhelming feeling of fear.

Though there are no drug treatments for St. Paddy’s- related phobias, Livingston does offer one remedy.

He says, “Any kind of thing that de-stresses you overall is good, so alcohol may help on a temporary basis. I don’t want to recommend that people get drunk, but it will help.”

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