Common Types of Phobia Treatment

Millions of Americans cope with phobias, irrational fears, every day.  And while this condition may not seem serious to some people, phobias can actually be quite destructive – causing clinical levels of stress and anxiety.  Phobia treatment programs use a variety of behavioral strategies to help individuals overcome their irrational fears of heights, closed in spaces, strangers and other everyday occurrences.

What are the Most Common Types of Phobia Treatments?

Although there are literally thousands of phobias listed in the DSM (the “Bible” of psychological disorders) the following represent some of the most common phobia treatments –and how psychiatric professionals make them happen.

  • Agoraphobia treatment.   Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder caused by an irrational fear of open space, public areas or crowds.   Treating the agoraphobic individual includes helping them cope with the open spaces and large groups of people by very slowly introducing them to larger and larger areas over time.  Many programs will also combine this cognitive therapy with anti-anxiety medications administered in moderate doses.
  • Claustrophobia treatment.  The opposite of agoraphobia, claustrophobia refers to the fear of tight, closed-in spaces.   Having claustrophobia, the individual will experience stress and anxiety when confined to an area that they perceive is too small and/or inescapable.   Claustrophobia treatment commonly includes relaxation exercises and exposure to closed-in spaces in an effort to help the individual see that there are no ill-effects when exposed to tight conditions.
  • Xenophobia treatment.   An irrational fear of strangers or foreigners is the hallmark of xenophobic behavior.     Because Xenophobia is often triggered by a past-life event, or the upbringing of the individual, treatment will focus on psychotherapy as a means of changing behaviors and making better decisions about attitudes towards foreigners and strangers.
  • Brontophobia treatment.  The fear of thunder or lighting can keep many people from leaving the house on even the slightest inclimate day.  Brontophobia treatment can involve a number of innovative techniques including weather simulation to expose the individual to the phobic situations and therapy to help unearth the events and toot causes behind the fear.
  • Acrophobia treatment.  Acrophobia refers to an irrational fear of heights.    Both hypnotherapy and gradual exposure therapy (in which in the individual is slowly exposed to greater and great heights) are used during stress recution treatment to help the individual overcome this “learned” condition.  
  • Mysophobia treatment.  The fear of germs is one of the most common and potentially debilitating phobias in the world.  Mysophobia treatment uses many of the same techniques found in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder treatment including cognitive behavioral therapy and anti-depressant medications such as Zoloft or Prozac.

The Coping with Personal Crisis center at Moonview Sanctuary offers a number of treatment options for those individuals who are suffering from common and rare phobias.  The caring, knowledgeable staff at Moonview understands the devastating impact of irrational fears and uses cutting edge treatment modalities and holistic techniques to help achieve wellness.  Contact Moonview Sanctuary today for more information.

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