How is Specific Phobia treated?

passengers inside planeCognitive 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.                                                                                    


Benzodiazepine 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 train

Medication options can be discussed with medical practitioners.

Last Updated : 22-Sep-2013