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Thursday, October 6, 2016

OCD, panic, PTSD, and social anxiety are just like other common phobias.

Exposure is the natural way people overcome fear of anything.  Even the most primitive animal organisms eventually habituate to uncomfortable stimuli through exposure.  We all know people who have phobias--flying, dogs, darkness, tall buildings.  (I have a phobia of mice!)  We know that people overcome these common fears just by gradually getting closer to and spending more time in those feared situations in small baby steps. But those baby steps eventually add up to a dramatic difference.  OCD, social anxiety, and panic are no different from these phobias, except it's harder to avoid thoughts, people, and travel.  But it's the same thing and is equally treatable.

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