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How do other illnesses affect animal phobias?

Individuals with animal phobias can develop residual problems as a result of their fear. Because of the need to avoid situations in which the feared animal may be present, social isolation may result. In addition, the inability to engage in certain activities may lead to depression. And for some individuals, their phobias can lead them to abuse alcohol or drugs. Although the success of treating individuals with specific phobias is very high, the existence of co-existing conditions may hinder or complicate treatment for animal phobias.

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