If You Can't Stay 45 Mins With Out Mobile Phone, Then You Have.....

NOMOPHOBIA: AN OVERLOOKED DISORDER

March 2017

This is one thing most smartphone users are guilty of, most smartphone users can't stay away from more than 30 minutes, even me, we want the latest gists, trending topics, latest news, but lesss than 50% does not know that this is a psychological disorder. A disorder called NOMOPHOBIA.
Nomophobia on the rise


Nomophobia is the fear of being without your smartphone, or more simply smartphone addiction , and it’s a “first world problem” that’s showing no signs of slowing down, regardless of age. And while it might sound silly — can you really be addicted to a handheld device? — the implications are real.

Causes of Nomophobia
1. The fear of being without a mobile phone stems from addiction. When a person feels physically or mentally dependent on anything, s/he cannot find a way of stopping that addiction.

2. People tend to experience this phobia when they are insecure, or have lack of self control and discipline, get easily bored or impatient, or have no other recreational hobbies and outlets etc.

3. Humans are social animals needing constant companionship and having the desire to talk and connect with others. Therefore, this phobia is not all that unnatural given the fact that cell phones are readily available everywhere and used by people of all ages today.

4. A person having had a negative experience upon being left without a cell phone could develop life-long Nomophobia.


Symptoms and signs

Nomophobia occurs in situations when an individual experiences anxiety due to the fear of not having access to a mobile phone. Anxiety is provoked by several reasons, such as the loss of a mobile phone, loss of reception, and a dead mobile phone battery.

Some clinical characteristics of nomophobia include using the device impulsively, or as protection, sometimes from social communication, or as a transitional object, having one or more devices with access to internet, always carrying a charger, and experiencing feelings of anxiety when thinking about losing the mobile.

Other clinical characteristics of nomophobia are a considerably decreased number of face-to-face interactions with humans,

A growing preference for communication through technologies;

keeping the device in reach when sleeping and never turned off;

Looking at the phone screen frequently to avoid missing any message, phone call, or notification, also called ringxiety; nomophobia can also lead to an increase of debt due to the excessive use of data and the different devices the person can have.

Signs of mobile phone dependency include obsessively checking a mobile phone and using a mobile phone to avoid feelings of discomfort, anguish, or stress. Nomophobia may also lead to physical issues such as sore elbows, hands, and necks due to repetitive use.

Irrational reactions and extreme reactions due to anxiety and stress may be experienced by the individual in public settings where mobile phone use is restricted such as airports, academic institutions, hospitals and work. Overusing a mobile phone for day-to-day activities such as purchasing items causing the individual financial problems.

Signs of distress and depression occur when the individual does not receive any contact through a mobile phone. Attachment signs of a mobile phone include the urge to sleep with a mobile phone. The ability to communicate through a mobile phone gives the individual peace of mind and security.
Nomophobia may act as a proxy to other disorders.

Those suffering from an underlying social disorder are likely to experience nervousness, anxiety, anguish, perspiration, and trembling when separated or unable to use (low battery, out of service area, no connection, etc.) from their digital devices—mobile phone, tablet, personal computer, or other digital and virtual communication devices.

These modern devices may make those suffering from nomophobia or related disorder feel safer, more confident, and less anxious. Such people will often insist on keeping their devices on hand at all times, typically returning to their homes to retrieve forgotten cell phones. Nomophobic behavior may reinforce social anxiety tendencies and dependency on using virtual and digital communications as a method of reducing stress generated by social anxiety and social phobia.

osure therapy and systematic desensitization are known to be the best remedies for this phobia. Other options include hypnotherapy which can get to the bottom of the phobia and eradicate it completely. For worst cases of this phobia, anxiety medication may be required.

Treating the fear of being without a mobile phone phobia

Overcoming this phobia can be challenging and while, medical intervention is not always needed, there are many options available. Gradual exposure therapy and systematic desensitization are known to be the best remedies for this phobia. Other options include hypnotherapy which can get to the bottom of the phobia and eradicate it completely. For worst cases of this phobia, anxiety medication may be required.
The patient must also take steps to overcome his/her fear. This includes developing or practicing self help coping techniques like yoga, positive visualizations, guided meditation, listening to soothing music and /or attending support group therapy sessions. One can learn to overcome panic attacks by practicing deep breathing or indulging in physical activities like aerobic exercise, swimming, dancing etc.

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