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What do I need to know about caring for someone who has a phobia?

If you are caring for someone you feel may have a phobia, it will be important to help them get an official diagnosis. If your loved has a true phobia, it is best to follow a treatment plan outlined by a medical professional or mental health professional. This may include anti-anxiety medications and exposure therapy. Helping your loved one avoid the object of their intense fear is a temporary coping strategy, but will not help your loved one on a long-term basis.

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