Phobias can be described as an irrational and uncontrollable fear of a certain activity, situation or object. Most people who have phobias go to extreme lengths to avoid what they are afraid of. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine (n.d), about 19 million Americans have one or more phobias that range from mild to severe. Phobias affect both males and females equally. A list of phobias include Acrophobia: fear of heights,
The most common treatment of phobias include medication, therapy or both. Medications include antidepressants, benzodiazepines, and beta blockers. These medications help to ease the anxiety associated with the phobias. Therapy options include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Exposure Therapy. Both options of therapy expose the individual to their phobia and eventually help to overcome it.
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