Should I talk to my doctor about my animal phobia symptoms?

If you believe that your anxiety is irrational, excessive, or disruptive to your life, see your doctor, who can evaluate whether the anxiety results from an animal phobia. Your doctor can then refer you to a mental health professional for further evaluation, if necessary. It is important to discuss your symptoms with your doctor because through treatment, most individuals with animal phobias can overcome their fears. Treatments may include cognitive behavioral therapy and medications.

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