Connecting local responses around the world
Emotion is part of our life. Emotion will influence the way we think and act. As you
know the felling or affection inside us are compromising (including) the
symptom of physiologic (e.g. the faster heart beating) and the manner (act)
which we can see (e.g. smiling, angry, fear expression). There are two
characteristics of emotions, positive and negative affectivity. Positive
affective connected to positive emotions (e.g. happy, satisfy, etc) and
negative affectivity connected to negative emotions (e.g. angry, sad, etc). One
of the functions of emotion is adaptation and survival. As an example: We know
HIV derivates with stigma and discrimination. PLWHA's have scared if, peoples know that they had been infected by HIV. The fear emotion will
lead PLWHA to learn adapt and learn to survival in comprehending and knowing
the limit among the condition and possibilities which would thread or endanger
Afraid of some thing is normal emotion to human, but if that fear exceed and unrealistic
like what had happened to NG (one of PLWHA in my home town) and I thought id
did not make a sense. I write down the condition which had happened to NG below
I was in front of the drug store of general hospital of Nusa Tenggara
Province. I was going to
buy mouth was. Trough the big glass window I saw NG stood next to the desk
submitted her medicament chart of ARV and prescription. I walked inside the drug
store and stood next to her. She looked so pale and every body could easily saw
her anxiety. Then I made some short conversation to say hello because I know
her. I heard her voice trembled fully by fear when she answered the called of
the pharmacist called her name out. When got all we need we walked out and went
the parking area. She started get back to normal slowly. While we were walking
together I asked her did she have any opportunistic infections because she
looked so pale. She said no and she told me she just scared if some else know
her that she had been infected by HIV from the ARV she accessed. That condition
always happened every time she came to the drug store to access ARV.
Referred to the true NG experienced had happened. I shared that to the member of PLWHA
peer support group. The result shocked me because from 11 PLWHA, 7 of them revealed
that they feel the same, to the thing that had happened to NG. They told me
that to access ARV, they always asked to some one that they can trust and know
that they have HIV. I had discussed that fears to another 2 PLWHA peer support
group and the result not much different. But all of them want to life their
life with no fear(phobia) to sigma and discrimination.
We (me and two colleagues) searched the literature about phobia, and we believe
that the most related phobia to the fears of PLWHA
in my home island is Neo Phobia or Thrypo phobia (thropo phobia). Neo phobia is
phobia to some thing new and Thrypo phobia is phobia to make a change or to
change some that they want to change.
We adapted the method of Nycto phobia (phobia to the dark) and the only therapy
that we can have, to therapy two PLWHA whom willing to be our voluntary since
six month ago. The result is one success and another one failed.
We know that we are amateurs. That’s why in the aids competence, we asked for help,
to tell us or inform us about the therapy of neo phobia and Trypo phobia. We
would to learn and adapted the method to reduce their fears to sigma and
discrimination among the PLWHA in my home island.
To all have read my text I thank so much, and awaiting for your response about the problem above.