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What are the treatment options for animal phobias?

Most people with animal phobias respond successfully to treatments. Typically individuals with specific phobias are treated through therapy. Exposure therapy focuses on relearning the anxiety response to the feared animal and overcoming that anxiety. Cognitive behavioral therapy involves learning how to control thoughts and feelings about the feared animal.

Individuals may also be treated with medications, including beta blockers, antidepressants, and sedatives. The choice of treatments depends upon an individual's specific needs.

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