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Best medications or treatment for phobias and anxiety?

Best medications or treatment for phobias and anxiety?

Phobias & anxiety: Psychotherapy is the mainstay of treatment for many kinds of anxiety, especially cognitive behavioral along with desensitization for phobias. Generalized anxiety d/o & ocd also benefit, but medications can be helpful also. Non-habit-forming ssri's are helpful here and with panic d/o -- cbt with that one as well. Sometimes temporarily, benzodiazepines can be used, but the goal is short-term only. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Griggs
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Phobia (Definition)

An irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that leads to a strong desire to avoid it. Such fears can be considered anxiety disorders or symptoms characterized by unnecessary avoidance of a situation out of fear. Avoidance is the hallmark of a phobia. And, avoidance serves as a sort of ...Read more


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Prior to behavior therapies, what type of therapy was used for the treatment of phobias?

Prior to behavior therapies, what type of therapy was used for the treatment of phobias?

Treatments: Prayer, mesmerism, hypnosis, psychoanalysis, time spent at mental hygiene hospitals, a range of experiments with drugs all preceded behavioral exposure therapies. ...Read more

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What are possible treatments for social phobia/anxiety?

What are possible treatments for social phobia/anxiety?

Anxiety treatments: Are relaxation training plus cognitive therapy that includes gradual exposure to anxiety-producing situations in imagination and real life. If you find it difficult to learn relaxation, find a biofeedback professional (www.Bcia.Org or www.Aapb.Org). Entrenched anxiety may require medication. ...Read more

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How can I help stop keep avoiding my phobias? What type of treatment can I suggest to my therapist?

How can  I help stop keep avoiding my phobias? What type of treatment can I suggest to my therapist?

EMDR or desentize.: hi, Ignacio. There are treatment modalities to help with phobias. Successive approximation is one. It involves slowly moving toward your phobias and through them. EMDR is another tool that you can research online. You will need to access the certified clinicians on the EMDRIA website. Good luck and congrats on your courage for working on these issues! ...Read more

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Bit by stray cat 5 yrs ago never got treatment 4 rabies , every year around anniversary I get really sick. Why I have a phobia of rabies & had therapy?

Bit by stray cat 5 yrs ago never got treatment 4 rabies , every year around anniversary I get really sick. Why I have a phobia of rabies & had therapy?

Powerful events...: Can have long term effects on our mind - even if it is not very adaptive, it is our body's way of protecting us. Unpleasant feelings of anxiety and other physical symptoms can develop when memories or other triggers are present. Would be interested to know more about the therapy you completed - certain types of therapy are better for addressing these types of fear and anxiety. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine for phobia and anxiety/depression treatment?

What is the best medicine for phobia and anxiety/depression treatment?

There is no one best: medication. It will depend on things like what you have responded to before, allergies, drug interactions etc. ...Read more

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I think i'm starting to get a phobia over needles! what can I do during fertility treatment?

Needle phobia: Controlled exposure is generally effective for phobias. People learn to breath and relax and then gradually expose themselves to what they fear, not increasing the intensity until the initial reaction goes away--looking at needles, touching them, and so on until you can let yourself be injected is the idea .Don't be embarrassed to ask to lie down or look away if you need to. ...Read more

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Extreme phobia of rabies. Have begun treatment with therapist but every day I have it gets worse. How long will it take to be handled. I go every 2w.

Extreme phobia of rabies. Have begun treatment with therapist but every day I have it gets worse.  How long will it take to be handled. I go every 2w.

Talk with therapist: Extreme phobias of any kind take both understanding and patience to work with. Depending on the type of treatment, the fear can get worse before it gets better. You say you've begun therapy, but i don't know how long -- or what methods are in place. Please ask your therapist his/her thoughts about prognosis and timing; could ^ to once/week too. Also in some instances medications can help. ...Read more

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What would best be prescribed for long term social phobias and panic attacks and depression as treatment?

What would best be prescribed for long term social phobias and panic attacks and depression as treatment?

SSRIs/Psychiatrist: You should consult a psychiatrist for your panic attacks, depression and social phobia.You may be prescribed ssri like Paxil (paroxetine) after you have been evaluated with /without psychotherapy. ...Read more

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Bit 5yrs ago by wild cat never got treatment. Phobia/want vaccine. therapist thinks it would be bad idea to "feed the phobia" feel like I need it help?

Bit 5yrs ago by wild cat never got treatment. Phobia/want vaccine. therapist thinks it would be bad idea to "feed the phobia" feel like I need it help?

No need: for the vaccine. You are well beyond any danger from this bite. Are you afraid of future bites? Even if you do have the vaccine, if you were bitten by a rabid animal you would still need to seek medical care and would be treated to prevent any consequences. Be sure to have your pets vaccinated. There are very few cases of rabies in the US and all are due to wild animals not domestic. http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/rabies.html ...Read more