Many people will go out of their ways to avoid the stimulus that triggers a person to have panic symptoms that can in turn prohibit one from functioning in their normal day to day activities and take over their lives. It is estimated that around 15-20 million people in the United States have a phobia. Phobias are usually a result of a irrational thought.
Cognitive Behavioral therapy has been proven to be effective on treating specific types of phobia by addressing ways to control somatic symptoms, challenging irrational thoughts, and increasing emotion management. One of the most effective way of treating phobias is using gradual exposure in a safe way to the stimulus to assist the person in overcoming fears.
If you are struggling with a specific phobia, go the the Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy page and review how cognitive behavioral therapy and virtual reality exposure therapy may be a fit for your specific needs.