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What are the treatment options for phobias?

The main treatment option for phobias is exposure therapy. This will include exposing you to the object or situation that triggers your fear and anxiety. The doctor will then increase your exposure level slowly over time until the intense fear response dissipates. Avoiding the object of your fear is a short-term strategy for avoiding phobia symptoms, but this can be an interruption to your life depending upon the source of your anxiety. Anti-anxiety medications sometimes play a part in temporary management of symptoms, but they in no way provide a long-term treatment solution.

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