High Anxiety: AIDS Anxiety in the Worried-Wells and Worried-Sicks, Part One
By Bob Frascino, M.D.
September 3, 2010
So why do some folks develop irrational fears such as AIDS phobia while most folks just experience routine normal fear? Good question! No one is quite sure; however, researchers in this field point to four factors that increase the likelihood that a phobia will develop:
It's worth noting that irrational fears can have devastating consequences. The billionaire Howard Hughes developed an extreme obsessive disorder and illness phobia eventually forcing him to become a recluse. He was so afraid of getting ill that he refused contact with most people. He even refused to see doctors. When he became seriously ill, a physician was not allowed to tend to him until Hughes was unconscious and in critical condition. By then it was too late. Simple medical attention earlier could have saved his life. In essence his fear of death (thanatophobia) killed him.
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Bob Frascino, M.D., was President and Founder of The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation. He had been an outspoken, popular expert in TheBody.com's "Ask the Experts" forums on safe sex and fatigue/anemia since 2000. Once a Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Frascino served as Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Division of Immunology, Rheumatology, and Allergy, at Stanford University Medical Center from 1983 until 2001. He was a member of the American Academy of HIV Medicine and had also been a distinguished member of the executive boards of numerous state and regional associations.
We're inexpressibly saddened to share the news that Dr. Frascino passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011. Click here to read more and to share your thoughts.
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