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A 44-year-old member asked:

Is there a best way to get over a needle phobia?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Glad you asked.: This is a common issue. It presents problems because over a life time you may need to have shots, blood draws or suturing. It can be addressed through differing treatments like cognitive behavioral therapy or exposure therapy. Encourage you to find a clinical psychologist in your area who has experience in one or both of these skills. It is treatable. It is good that you are ready to address it.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
CBT: Seek a cognitive-behavioral therapist who specializes in phobias. One method they use is systematic desensitization which slowly and incrementally brings the person closer and closer to the thing they are afraid of in slow, graduated steps that help make the anxiety more tolerable.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Is there a way to get over test phobias?

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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Absolutely: Working with a therapist and practicing relaxation techniques can absolutely help with test phobias. It takes time. Sould there be a test coming up soon, your family doctor could prescribe Propranolol (depending on your age) to help trick your brain into thinking it is not anxious.

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