Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
The recommended treatment for
someone who has a diagnosed Specific Phobia is based on Cognitive Behaviour
Therapy (CBT) such as learning to gradually face your fears. You may be
assisted to initially face your fears in your imagination or through virtual reality
technology which imitates your feared situation. You'll then be guided in
facing your fears in real-life situations.
Other aspects of CBT will help
you manage your symptoms, including relaxation training, learning to challenge
your thoughts and beliefs and learning coping statements.
tranquillisers and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRIs)
antidepressants have been found to help facilitate exposure treatment by
helping people to get past their initial resistance to exposing themselves to a
feared situation and helping reduce anticipatory anxiety. For example,
benzodiazepine tranquillisers as above may enable people with a fear of flying
to travel on an aeroplane, and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRIs)
antidepressants may be particularly helpful for people whose phobia interferes
with their ability to function in normal daily activities like travelling on a
Medication options can be
discussed with medical practitioners.