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How do medications treat situational phobias?

Typically, individuals with situational phobias are treated through therapy, but may also be treated with medications, including beta blockers, antidepressants, and anti-anxiety drugs, or a combination of therapies and medications. Beta blockers block the body's response to adrenaline, and therefore control such symptoms as rapid heartbeat, elevated blood pressure, and trembling. Antidepressants elevate mood if a person's mood is substantially affected by the phobia. Benzodiazepines, which are anti-anxiety medications, may assist temporarily with calming the phobic response to the feared situation.

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