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What are the treatment options for specific phobia in veterans?

Specific phobia is a type of anxiety disorder, and anxiety disorders are usually treated with either psychotherapy, medication, or a combination of both. However, for specific phobias, a type of psychotherapy called CBT, or cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy, is fast, simple, and usually very effective. CBT helps veterans with specific phobia see and understand distortions in the way that they perceive the world and the people around them. The cognitive part of CBT focuses on the patterns of thinking behind your fears, and the behavioral part works on changing how you react to the situations or triggers that create anxiety for you.

CBT for specific phobia frequently includes exposure therapy, which involves confronting the thing that you are afraid of, in a gradual and controlled way, until the fear diminishes. For example, a fear of spiders can be confronted by being in a room with a spider in a closed jar (which cannot hurt you), and gradually approaching the jar on repeated occasions until you are comfortable enough to touch it.

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