Phobias

A phobia is an irrational, persistent fear of an object or situation that typically results in avoidant behaviors.

A phobia is an irrational, persistent fear of an object or situation that typically results in avoidant behaviors. Some common phobias include fear of heights, insects, needles, closed spaces, and flying. Social phobias and agoraphobia (fear of public spaces) are also common and responsive to treatment. CBT for phobias involves short-term exposure-based therapy.

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How to Overcome Your Phobia and Get Out There!

Driving over a bridge. Joining the rooftop party. Having your blood drawn. Socializing If you avoid any of these situations or suffer through them with extreme discomfort, you might have a specific phobia. Many people develop fears of situations (e.g., being in a small space), objects (e.g., needles, dogs), or experiences (e.g., flying) that cause some impairment or discomfort in their daily life. When this fear becomes significant–so much so that one begins to avoid these things altogether or require medication to cope–behavioral therapy may offer a more effective, long-term solution…

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