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What are the treatment options for situational phobias?

Most people with situational phobias respond successfully to treatments. Typically, individuals with specific phobias are treated through therapy, with the goal of helping an affected person reduce anxiety and control the response to the feared situation. One method to achieve this involves gradually and repeatedly exposing you to the anxiety-causing situation, slowly increasing the level of exposure and helping you to adjust to normal reaction levels. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) involves learning how to control thoughts and feelings about the feared situation. Individuals may also be treated with medications to temporarily reduce anxiety when faced with the feared situation.

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