Thursday, October 6, 2016
OCD, panic, PTSD, and social anxiety are just like other common phobias.
3:34 am edt
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.