Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Phobias Treatment

Treatment for phobias includes mental health counseling, support groups, regular exercise, anti-anxiety medications, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, and tricyclic antidepressants.

Specific treatment of phobias includes:

Phobias Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of phobias.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • Will I need therapy?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for worsening phobia symptoms or depression?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Phobias Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat phobias:

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Last Updated: Oct 26, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Phobias References
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