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Nosophobia: Could This Explain Response Of People To COVID-19?

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The people in the united States of America are in various states of “lock down” or “quarantine” because of the threat of contracting coronavirus, COVID -19 based on the unconstitutional, unlawful executive orders of the various State governors.  While governors are responsible for the condition of their respective States, these elected officials are receiving, contemplating, initiating, and/or following the advice/recommendations of unelected bureaucrats paraded by this administration as “experts” on coronavirus/COVID-19.  Fueled by the highly combustible lamestream government-controlled entertainment enemedia (LGCEE) opinion, commentary, and assumption, the advice/recommendations have morphed into a monster of epic proportions, manifesting itself onto the people – sick and well alike.

The questions that emerge have been difficult to answer.  Why are well and sick individuals being quarantined when medical protocol has always been to quarantine the sick?  By what moral authority are governors assuming the power to determine what are “essential” businesses and/or “essential” items for purchase?  And, why are the people, who are supposedly “free” through the type of government established and are the “government”, following these draconian, totalitarian, tyrannical and nonsensical “orders” as though these orders are law for an illness that is a “severe flu”?  Moreover, why are “people” in law enforcement enforcing these orders and infringing upon the citizens based on a Hitleresque type “control” of the people?

Those in elected positions, as well as those unelected bureaucrats heading departments and agencies under the executive, have a nefarious agenda they are following in order to attain more power, sell-out a free people, and encourage idealogues who embrace other forms of government to usurp the current form.  But, the people are acquiescing to these unconstitutional, unlawful, immoral “orders” while law enforcement officers blindly do the bidding of tyrants.  There is only one explanation for the responses of the governors, elected officials, people, and law enforcement.

Commonly known as “medical student’s disease”, mass nosophobia has gripped the population of the united States of America.  Coded in the DSM-V as ICD-10 300.29, nosophobia is defined as “the irrational fear of having a specific disease”.  In this case, the specific disease would be coronavirus/COVID-19.

According to VeryWellMind.com, there are risk factors for nosophobia that include:  “exposure to high levels of media coverage about disease and the risks of contracting disease;  suffering traumatic health problems in the past;  and, repeated exposure to people with serious illness”.  The condition is found more commonly in researchers and students who spend a significant portion of their time reading about specific disease.  Moreover, the site indicates as one of the causes of nosophobia a “major global outbreaks such as the COVID-19 pandemic” ….

Nosophobia is not the same as “hypochondriasis”;  there is a major difference.  An individual suffering with hypochondriasis typically believes they have some life-threatening illness but have no symptoms.  Individuals with nosophobia are extremely fearful of contracting a specific disease and “becomes convinced that they could have the symptoms of that particular disease”.  Currently, that disease is COVID-19.

Dr. Kevin Fleming, PhD, writing at Theravive, explains this phenomenon in-depth.

Phobias are defined as extreme or irrational fears, often persistent, that compel sufferers to avoid the object or situation to which their fear is connected. A specific phobia relates to a particular stimulus that causes fear, anxiety or avoidance and results in intense distress for the sufferer.

According to estimates, around 19.2 million adult Americans are afflicted by specific phobias1, with women affected more often than men at an approximate rate of 2:1. Sufferers will often take measures to avoid the object or situation in question, although individuals are aware that their fears are usually greater than the threat itself.

Fleming conveyed symptoms of specific phobia disorder.  These include but are not limited to:  increased heart rate (palpitations);  dizziness or unsteadiness;  nausea;  sweating;  shaking or trembling;  an upset stomach;  and, breathlessness.  An individual who suffers from a specific phobia will also display avoidance behaviors, meaning the individual avoids confronting the specific situation at the core of the problem.

In order to determine if an individual has “specific phobia” or nosophobia, several diagnostic criteria need to be met per Dr. Fleming.  These are:

  • The individual suffers from a persistent fear that is either unreasonable or excessive, caused by the presence or anticipation of a specific object or situation
  • Exposure to the stimulus usually results in an anxiety response, often taking the form of a panic attack in adults, or a tantrum, clinging, crying or freezing in children
  • The sufferer recognizes that their fear is disproportionate to the perceived threat or danger (not always present in children)
  • Individuals take steps to avoid the object or situation they fear, or endure such experiences with intense distress or anxiety
  • The phobic reaction, anticipation or avoidance interferes with the individual’s normal routine and relationships, or causes significant distress
  • The phobia has persisted for a period of time, usually six months or longer
  • The symptoms cannot be attributed to another mental condition, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder4.

Fleming continued by identifying causes of “specific phobia”, such as traumatic experience, genetics, learned behavior, ongoing stress, and a fear response exhibiting a panic attack.

The American people have been bombarded with numerable reports on a daily basis surrounding COVID-19 that have increased in intensity and scope.  Many television, cable and satellite companies have aired what amount to “public service announcements” using channel TV show personalities encouraging people to stay home, providing ideas for projects while being in quarantine ( well and sick alike), and thanking “essential” frontline workers for helping Americans.  Would it not stand to reason masses of people could suffer from nosophobia based on this information?  The answer would be “yes”.  For proof, all one needs to do is search YouTube.

Many nurses have expressed “extreme” fear of caring for COVID-19/coronavirus.  A report surfaced that New York City nurses and doctors were essentially, murdering patients in the hospital setting while elected individuals in the State are calling on individuals to “report any violations”.  The same State instructed first responders to withhold life-saving measures (CPR) to individuals that exhibit no pulse rate upon arrival on the scene as the USS Comfort hospital ship was being relocated from New York due to nonuse.  Mayor Bill DeBlasio had Jewish Rabbis arrested while in the synagogue praying while observing “social distancing” rules.

The list could go on to list additional extreme fear reactions by “officials” and the people to justify identifying these responses as mass nosophobia, but those examples can be found on the internet and at Sons of Liberty Media.

Earlier it was mentioned that elected officials and those working in various government agencies are using coronavirus/COVID-19 as the catalyst to implement a nefarious agenda by using the public’s mass nosophobia as an advantage.  Of course, these people could also be suffering from nosophobia, which has the potential to produce exaggerated and/or violent behavior.

Phil Barker writing at Beyond Intractability explains.

Fear is “an unpleasant and often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger.”[1] Fear is completely natural and helps people to recognize and respond to dangerous situations and threats. However, healthy fear — or fear which has a protective function — can evolve into unhealthy or pathological fear, which can lead to exaggerated and violent behavior.

Dr. Ivan Kos lays out several different stages of fear. The first is real fear, or fear based on a real situation. If someone or something hurts you, you have a reason to fear it in the future. Second is realistic, or possible fear. This is fear based in reality that causes a person to avoid a threat in the first place (i.e. waiting to cross a busy road for safety reasons). Next, exaggerated or emotional fear deals with an individual “recalling past fears or occurrences and injecting them into a current situation.”[2] This type of fear is particularly relevant to conflict. Emotional fear affects the way people handle conflictual situations.

Conflict is often driven by unfulfilled needs and the fears related to these needs. The most common fear in intractable conflict is the fear of losing one’s identity and/or security. Individuals and groups identify themselves in certain ways (based on culture, language, race, religion, etc.) and threats to those identities arouse very real fears — fears of extinction, fears of the future, fears of oppression, etc.

What are we seeing here in the united States?  People are identifying the current measures implemented by elected officials as a threat to identity, the free society, and freedom of the people.  The result is increasing protests to redress grievances and civil disobedience.  Being social creatures, people, bound together by certain basic characteristics, will experience fear for survival when those characteristics are threatened.  This could lead to violent means when the people attempt to rid themselves of the threat.

As we know and Barker indicates, history plays a role because the victor in any conflict writes the history, often exaggerating the roles of victor and adversary.  The victor always portrays itself as extremely heroic and almost altruistic while the other group is painted as barbaric or inhuman.  It is much easier to mistreat, abuse or hurt a group that has been “dehumanized”.  So begins a perpetuating cycle where it is easier for future wrongdoing to occur.

Barker acknowledges that political leaders and elites use fear to their advantage – political and otherwise.  “Leaders” need support from those they lead;  therefore,  they tend to play upon the fears of the people.  “According to James F. Mattil, the managing editor of Flashpoints:  Guide to World Conflict, ‘the common thread that weaves violent political movements together is fear.  It is not the only motivating factor behind political violence, nor necessarily the most obvious, but it is virtually always there.  Whenever we ask why people hate, or why they are willing to kill or die for a cause, the answer is invariably fear’.”

Friends – here in America we have a fear problem.  That problem has to be corrected if we seek to return to our constitutional republic. But, how do we go about correcting a fear problem?  This is mostly done individually.  First, we have to be aware of the fear.  Next, we need to identify how we respond to fear and express it.  Then, we have to identify the situational trigger that induces fear.  And, finally,  we need to use behavioral techniques to reduce stress and fear.  But, what often sounds simple is not.

It’s difficult to have courage when one is surrounded by fearful people.  It becomes more difficult to exercise courage in the face of violence and physical harm.  And, exhibiting courage not knowing if one’s family will be safe and secure becomes the most difficult when coupled with violence and physical harm.  But, failure to control one’s fear in order to exercise courage can produce worse results for you and your family in the long term.

Remember, there are 365, some say 366, times in the Holy Bible that God and Jesus Christ commanded “Fear Not”;  one for every day of the year.  “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;  fools despise wisdom and knowledge” – Proverbs 1:7.  The time is upon us to make a choice;  to deal with our fears;  and, exercise our courage;  or watch the final destruction of the people of the united States and the great experiment of self-governance.

Article posted with permission from Sons of Liberty Media

Suzanne Hamner

Suzanne Hamner (pen name) is a registered nurse, grandmother of 4, and a political independent residing in the state of Georgia, who is trying to mobilize the Christian community in her area to stand up and speak out against tyrannical government, invasion by totalitarian political systems masquerading as religion and get back to the basics of education.
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