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How do medications treat animal phobias?

Typically individuals with animal phobias are treated through therapy, including exposure therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Individuals may also be treated with medications, including beta blockers, antidepressants, and sedatives, or a combination of therapies and medications. Drug therapy may not be an effective treatment method for specific phobias, but anti-anxiety drugs may assist temporarily with an anxiety response to the feared animal.

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