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How do other illnesses affect phobias?

If you have intense phobias you could be more likely to use alcohol and drugs to numb or dissipate some of the anxiety associated with your fears. This may make you more susceptible to alcohol and drug abuse and addictions. Anti-anxiety medications may be prescribed by your doctor as a temporary way to manage symptoms, but they will not provide a long-term solution.

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