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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Red Carpet Phobia Strikes Famous Singer With Anxiety Over Fashion

by Dr. Craig April, Director of The April Center for Anxiety Attack Management - Los Angeles

"Red Carpet" phobia plagues famous singer Norah Jones?

Apparently she has attended only one big celebratory event since her debut in 2002 due to a fear of being labeled a "fashion victim" by the press. It seems her underlying fear is one of being criticized and judged based on the clothing she chooses to wear. This is a common area of anxiety for those struggling with social phobia, but also can exist as a separate, distinct phobia.

Check out the short article here:

Clearly avoiding these events has not helped her overcome this "phobia". And this is not a surprise.

Avoidance is the hallmark of a phobia. The more one avoids that which causes anxiety, the greater the chance that a true diagnosable phobia will develop (to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, symptoms must significantly interfere with one's life).

Of course, it is our human inclination to run from fear. But fear is what must be faced to overcome a phobia.

I found it interesting that the article states that Norah Jones is desperate to overcome this, but she is quoted saying that "Maybe I'll get over it soon".

Unfortunately, a phobia doesn't go away on its own. In fact, it grows the more you avoid it. What you resist, persists. But . . .

There is hope for Norah and anyone who has a phobia.

The hope lies in seeking proven treatment for phobia and all other anxiety disorders. This proven treatment is called cognitive-behavioral therapy or CBT, which teaches specific skills and techniques for reducing anxiety symptoms and fear.

Hopefully, Norah Jones won't continue to avoid her fear, which is clearly limiting her freedom. All it takes is a first step and then gradual work with the help of an expert anxiety treatment therapist.

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