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Is there a way to really overcome phobias?

23 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry
10 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Professional help for phobias is usually behavioral or cognitive-behavioral.
For example, "systematic desensitization" is gradual exposure to the feared object or situation, with the help of a therapist, to learn to be calm in its presence. The basic idea is to disconnect the phobic stimulus from the fear/panic response. There are self-help books using similar approaches that may help too.

In brief: Yes

Professional help for phobias is usually behavioral or cognitive-behavioral.
For example, "systematic desensitization" is gradual exposure to the feared object or situation, with the help of a therapist, to learn to be calm in its presence. The basic idea is to disconnect the phobic stimulus from the fear/panic response. There are self-help books using similar approaches that may help too.
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Dr. Steven Reidbord
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Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
Great collaboration. Wishing you'all the very best.
Dr. Claude Sassoon
Clinical Psychology
8 doctors agree

In brief: Exposure works!

Treatment of specific phobias with a cognitive-behavioral approach is considered quite effective.
Treatment involves understanding anxiety and the phobic reaction; breathing and relaxation techniques; and gradual exposure to feared object or situation. Exposure is performed from less to more difficult situations increasing confidence and motivation until the fear fades away.

In brief: Exposure works!

Treatment of specific phobias with a cognitive-behavioral approach is considered quite effective.
Treatment involves understanding anxiety and the phobic reaction; breathing and relaxation techniques; and gradual exposure to feared object or situation. Exposure is performed from less to more difficult situations increasing confidence and motivation until the fear fades away.
Dr. Claude Sassoon
Dr. Claude Sassoon
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Dr. Mary David
EMDR also is very effective
Dr. Howard Gurr
Clinical Psychology
4 doctors agree

In brief: VRT for Phobias

Phobias and anxieties respond well to Virtual Reality Therapy(VRT).
VRT is exposure therapy in a safe environment. The research suggests VRT is 90% effective. Seek out a therapist who uses VRT in your area. You can find providers through www.psious.com, www.limbix.com, or www.virtuallybetter.com.

In brief: VRT for Phobias

Phobias and anxieties respond well to Virtual Reality Therapy(VRT).
VRT is exposure therapy in a safe environment. The research suggests VRT is 90% effective. Seek out a therapist who uses VRT in your area. You can find providers through www.psious.com, www.limbix.com, or www.virtuallybetter.com.
Dr. Howard Gurr
Dr. Howard Gurr
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