Fears (phobia)

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  1. Do you have to do things in marine life when you are scared e.g claustrophobia??
  2. im sure there is carzy, but the marine specialists will advise you
  3. I'm scared of working. Can i retire early??
  4. I think there's a difference between being scared and having a phobia of something.
    IMO if you are unable to tackle or undertake certain aspects of a job due to a pyschological condition (in this case a phobia) then you would probably be in the wrong job. Could imagine joining the RAF as a pilot and then saying that you were scared of flying? It would just be pointless wasting all that time and effort not only of those delivering the training but also that of the individual. A fast food outlet may be more receptive and able to deal with issues of specific phobias...provided you're not scared of meat!!
  5. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Interesting subject.

    There were no end of people undergoing fire-fighting training whilst I was an instructor that claimed they were claustrophobic when wearing breathing apparatus, but never claimed to be pyrophobic.

    Fire always used to frighten the hell out of me until I mastered the art of using fire-suited students as a shield & whispered loudly in their lug-holes, to gently coax them through their claustrophobia.

    I should have been a therapist.

  6. thanks for the advise sure hope they do..
  7. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    The following is taken from Medical Guidance notes for applicants:

    Unsuitable conditions which may be a bar to entry:

    Psychiatric disorders

    Ongoing psychiatric illness. Psychosis. Schizophrenia Obsessive-compulsive
    disorder. Autism. Personality disorder. More than one episode of deliberate
    self-harm of any type. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Alcohol, drug or substance dependence. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) unless
    free of symptoms and not requiring treatment for at least 3 years. Anorexia and bulimia.

    In short if you have a phobia requiring treatment, which you know about before you join, then you must disclose it or you will be medically discharged or possibly discharged for making a fraudulent application if it prevents you doing your job.

    If a phobia arises after the first 56 days of training, which you were oblivious to, then it will be treated if possible.

    The inference from the question is you have a known phobia, in which case, you should get it resolved before you join.

    You have to do lots of scary things in combat, quite frankly.

    Hope that helps & good luck.
  8. thank you very much for that infomation.... that has helped me alot and i am now going to get help with my phobia thanks again..
  9. My advice, for what it's worth, is to grab your phobia by the throat and confront it. Easy to say but harder to do.

    As Polto said ( I think), scared is normal but phobic isn't very nice. Thanks to Sherlock Holmes, Basil Rathbone and the bloody television, I was close to hysterical close to a big hairy spider. Force yourself to get one to crawl across your hand and the relief (after the bottom and bladder clenching phase) is almost orgasmic.

    What's the old bollocks? nothing to fear but fear itself.
  10. Sorry to leap in here unannounced, but being a medic I'd just like to add that a 'phobia' can be sometimes be a mild anxiety reaction!

    A 'true' phobia is an extream anxiety reaction to an event, circumstances or objects

    In its mild state we all experience anxiety in some form quite regularly, such as exams or unknown situations. I've even heard that some men even have anxiety about their ability to sexually satisfy a woman! although I am sure this is just an urban myth!

    The upshot to my ramblings is that it may not be as dark as you think, simple relaxation techniques, which your GP should be able to help you with could solve your problem before you consign yourself to the scrap heap!
  11. Yep, walked to sink to get a glass of water, walking back felt something crawling on my arm..

    Big black ****** ... Made me jump, shaked my hand, water + shaking + PC = £40 repair bill for new mic/keyboard/mouse

  12. Remember reading about a co pilot who informed the man alongside he had vertigo I think he is sill flying??. Many think vertigo is the fear of heights. It is actually Acrophobia- Fear of heights. A few photos on flickr on this subject


    The motto of the No1 Parachute Training school "Knowledge Dispels Fear"

    Easy to say to a person stuck at the top of Blackpool tower who discovers they are suddenly frightened which I witnessed a few years back. The boyfriend just shouting you are making a fool out of me language was a bit more colourful. Who was the fool?? Prat!!

    Many phobias I could be wrong may be from childhood. "Don't climb that tree you are going to fall" I am sure there must be a phobia for climbing trees?? Keep away from that dog it will bite.

    A few phobias from the list of many. I think many of us can/or did identify with the second on the list.

    Anglophobia- Fear of England or English culture, etc.

    Pentheraphobia- Fear of mother-in-law. (Novercaphobia)

    Walloonphobia- Fear of the Walloons??? Who live in Belgium. You learn something new everyday.

  13. I think that if you (or anyone else) was claustrophobic you would already be aware of it and avoid situations where it might occur, like the Royal Navy. If you haven't been claustrophobic now, you probably aren't so afflicted. That is not to say that you will not feel "shut in" in certain situations; everybody with any imagination will have such feelings. The tunnels at CTCRM Lympstone with somebody in front not moving fast enough spring to mind for me. I guarantee that a normal person will not, repeat not, feel claustrophobia in a RN ship or submarine.
  14. I'm scared of baked beans, will this hinder me?
  15. baked beans was a subject of a 2 year trial 250 poeple where subjected to a test for 6 months results can be viewed at(www.bakebeanstrial gov.uk
  16. I tried to explain that my times on the endurance course (So-so) were due to my having to overcome claustrophobia before I could get into the tunnels. My PTI came up with the perfect cure "Round again, go."
  17. How to keep a rifle barrel clean and clear of foreign objects in two words.

    Round again!!
  18. thancks for all the advice guys

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