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In the movie What About Bob the main character Bob Wiley is one of Dr Leo Marvins newest patients Dr Marvin is an uptight egotistical psychiatrist who cant wait to get on Good Morning America to introduce his new book about emotional disorders When Leo goes to New Hampshire to prepare for his TV appearance and vacation with his family Bob decides to tag along tricking the doctors answering service into revealing his location Before long Bob turns Leos vacation into a nightmare winning over Leos wife and kids even as he drives his psychiatrist to the brink of psychosis Bob Wiley had quite a few disorders which Dr Marvin was unable to control Bobs phobias and disorders are all serious and immediate medical attention is needed One of Bob Wileys biggest neurotic disorders was social phobia or an irrational anxiety elicited by exposure to certain types of social or performance situations also leading to avoidance behavior Bob told of his troubles of being in certain situation and his symptoms of nausea illness pain etc that lead me to believe that he needs treatment of his social phobia or he may even be agoraphobic which is the abnormal fear of open or public places Social phobia is a very prevalent and debilitating disorder with public speaking anxiety being the most common fear among socially phobic individuals Although there are a number of effective psychosocial treatments for social phobia ie cognitive-behavioral treatments and exposure therapy very little is known about the underlying mechanism of therapeutic change and the variables that are predictive of treatment outcome Among his trouble in social situations he also has a phobia of being dirty Automysophobia and hypochondria the persistent neurotic conviction that one is or is likely to become ill often involving experiences of real pain when illness is neither present nor likely His tendencies of making sure to never touch anything that may have germs or diseases on it
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