Dr Oz: Are You Normal Or Nuts?
Questions regarding your habits have been asked since the beginning of time. You’ve done things since your childhood that you still do as an adult—but is this normal? On today’s show, Doctor Oz invited 3 of the best psychologists in the country, Dr. David Tolin, Dr. Jennifer Hartstein and Dr. Jeff Gardere to answer your questions regarding your biggest quirks.
Dr. Tolin is an OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) Expert and studies people who need to perform rituals repeatedly.
Dr. Jennifer Hartstein specializes in anxiety and Dr. Gardere’s area of expertise is relationships.
Dr Oz Fans submitted their on camera confessions and asked questions like “Is it normal to feel you have to flush every toilet in the house?” and “Why do I have nightmares of loved ones drowning?” One fan even asked if it was normal to be terrified of public restrooms. (I would love to know this answer too! Yuck!)
Dr Oz and his panel of experts answered these as well as several other questions to find out if your behaviors are normal or just plain nuts!
Is it Normal To Carry Around a Blankie As An Adult?
Julie, an audience member, told Dr Oz that since she was 2-years-old, she has carried around a blanket. At 37-years of age, she stilled carried around remnants of that blanket. The reason she carried around a blankie was because it comforted her and made her feel better. Is this normal or nuts?
Audience Poll: 89% say it’s nuts! (That means only 11% believe it’s normal.)
Psychologist Say: It’s normal! (Really?!) If carrying around a blanket gives you security and makes you feel more comfortable, it’s okay. This dependency is much better than the alternative of using something destructive like alcohol or drugs.
There are 2 hormones (serotonin and dopamine) that make us feel good and used to combat stress. When you knock out the stress, the feel good hormones increase and you’re much happier and healthier.
Is it Normal to Have a Fear of Driving Over Bridges & Tunnels?
Myesa, an audience member, told Doctor Oz that she had a fear of driving over bridges and under tunnels. In fact, she had to do both in order to get to the show and wasn’t happy about it. She told Dr Oz that every time she drove over a bridge or under a tunnel, it felt as though she was having a panic attack. Is this normal or nuts?
Audience Poll: 65% say it’s normal.
Psychologist Say: It’s nuts! The reason it’s nuts is because any action that prohibits you from a living a healthy lifestyle is not good. (I was with the audience on this one, but like them, I was wrong!)
3 Days of Life Stress Factors
1st Day- the event is coming and you feel worried.
2nd Day- your stress worsens as the event draws nearer. You even begin to have obsessive thoughts
3rd Day- You’re a complete wreck and find yourself having a panic/anxiety attack.
What started as small has completely paralyzed you with fear.
Tips To Combat Stress:
-try a visualization exercise
-breath in through the nose
-exhale through the mouth
-do repeatedly until you feel more relaxed
Dr Oz: Bach Flower Rescue Remedy for Stress
-use 2 sprays under the tongue
-while using, visualize smelling flowers (inhaling) and then blow out through the mouth
-contains a small amount of alcohol (Forget the flowers visualization, this is what I need to relax!
Is It Normal to Have Dreams About Other Men?
Michelle, an audience member, told Doctor Oz that even though she has been married for 16 years, she sometimes had dreams about other men. Is this normal or nuts?
Audience Poll: 40% say this is nuts. (That means 60% say it’s normal. There must be plenty of women out there having dreams about other men!)
Psychologist Say: This is completely normal. (Ok, you can relax now, ladies!) Women have as many dreams as men. (This is shocking!)
Question: Dreams About Other Men Are Prompted By?
A. Women’s whose husbands don’t take out the trash
B. Romantic movies
C. Wine and aphrodisiacs
Answer: A- Women’s whose husbands don’t take out the trash (Again I must say, really?!?)
According to experts, unresolved emotional issues, such as the husband not taking out the trash when you ask, cause you to have these dreams in order to get back at him.
Remedy: Write a diary and keep it by your bedside. Figure out 3 emotions before you go to bed to find out why you may be having these dreams. You can also have an open and honest discussion with your spouse. (Yeah, I’m sure “I’m dreaming about your best friend, Fred” will go over smoothly!)
What’s your weird quirk? Leave me a message and let me know. (You can do it anonymously if it’s really bizarre!)