Treatment of Phobias, Fears and Panic Attacks with CBT
Phobias, Fears and Panic Attacks
Typically, with a phobia or fear, the probability of actual physical or psychological harm is extremely low. Therefore, it is not adaptive to have the rush of adrenaline and feelings of anxiety, which would be useful to enhance survival in an actual emergency. Under the false alarm scenario, these reactions become maladaptive, or harmful, taking a physical and emotional toll on the person, for no good purpose. In reality, chances are almost 100% that no harm will occur, but for the person that has the phobia, it seems as though the threat is present right now. This connection between the feared object/situation and the SNS is learned, and the association can be unlearned (extinguished), or at the least, managed successfully.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy has a demonstrated high success rate in helping people to deal with and overcome phobias and excessive fear reactions. Help begins with a phone call.