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QUESTION: Hi
I don't call this a phobia but I didn't know who else to ask- why is it I don't like leaving the house? it's not fear and I'm not depressed, I usually decline when offered to go out with friends. when asked why, all i can think of is "i don't know" which isn't a satisfactory answer for some.
May I have your idea or opinion?
Thank you
Ben

ANSWER: Hi Ben,
the question "I don't know" may mean I don't know why I have a phobia or  perhaps I feel uncomfortable going out of te house.

I suggest that you test yourself with the Testing for Hypoglycemia by Questionnaires
  Nutrition-Behavior Inventory (NBI)
  http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/2011/the-nutrition-behaviour-inventory-nbi/

  Hypoglycemic Questionnaire (short test)
  http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/2012/hypoglycemia-questionnaire/
  
If you score high it may be an indication that you could be  hypoglycemic (http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/2011/what-is-hypoglycemia/) that may explain your feelings. This is a silent disease that is responsible for excess production of stress hormones - like adrenaline and cortisol - and which may trigger depression, anxiety or a low self-esteem.

This can be treated by going on a hypoglycemic diet (http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/2011/the-hypoglycemic-diet/)
or read:

Beating Anxiety and Phobia
         http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/2011/beating-anxiety-and-phobias/

Let me know how you go?

_______________________________________________
Jurriaan Plesman, Nutritional Psychotherapist.
Emeritus Editor of
The Hypoglycemic Health Association of Australia.
http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/
Author of "Getting off the Hook"
Freely available at Google Book Search
Skype: jurplesman
Also at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Mentalillnessnutrition/

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QUESTION: On the short quiz, I got an 8 (Hypoglycemic disease is possible) but I didn't mention that I also am on medicines/vitamins for epilepsy- Lamictal, Taurine, Melatonin and a Naproxen pain medicine. Would this also be a factor?

ANSWER: The NBI is more accurate. Can you please complete that?

_______________________________________________
Jurriaan Plesman, Nutritional Psychotherapist.
Emeritus Editor of
The Hypoglycemic Health Association of Australia.
http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/
Author of "Getting off the Hook"
Freely available at Google Book Search
Skype: jurplesman
Also at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Mentalillnessnutrition/

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QUESTION: The NBI result is 39. that's good, right?

Answer
There are studies to show that there are links between epilepsy and depression. Better see your doctor. Also check out side effects of your medications. This may explain it.


_______________________________________________
Jurriaan Plesman, Nutritional Psychotherapist.
Emeritus Editor of
The Hypoglycemic Health Association of Australia.
http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/
Author of "Getting off the Hook"
Freely available at Google Book Search
Skype: jurplesman
Also at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Mentalillnessnutrition/

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Jurriaan Plesman, Nutritional Psychotherapist.

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I have a degree in Psychology from the Sydney University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Nutrition. I am also the author of “GETTING OFF THE HOOK” which deals with the nutritional and psychological treatment of personality disorders. It is freely available on the internet at Google Book Search. I am interested in the relationship between nutrition and behaviour, and as a Probation ans Parole Officer facilitated groups for offenders, many of whom were alcoholics and drug addicts, sex offenders or compulsive gamblers, as well as the whole gamut of “personality disorders”. I am also the ex-editor of the Hypoglycemic Health Association of Australia Newsletter, a quarterly publication dealing with hypoglycemia and related health problems. Its web site, together with a shortened course of PSYCHOTHERAPY can be visited at: http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au

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Nutritional Psychotherapy

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Editor of the Hypoglycemic Health Association of Australia:

Web site:
http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au

Publications
Author of the book:
"Getting off the Hook", which is freely available on the internet at Google Book Search. My articles can be found at: https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1M3x0ciu21Q8-KJO3tcIuxE-Mn97OIxCKzuhHDY8umrU#id.m9k24s-yjf9sc

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BA (Psych) University of Sydney, Post Grad Clin Nutr (International Academy of Nutrition)

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