Specific Phobia

Fear of Heights Cartoon

Fortunately, Dr. Bob McLellarn is actually on the first floor if you really do suffer from a fear of heights!

Specific Phobia is excessive, intense and persistent fear in the presence of (or the anticipation of) specific objects or situations. Typical situations/objects include driving, bridges, flying, heights, animals, injections, or blood/gore. Exposure to the feared stimulus virtually always provokes an anxiety response or even a panic attack. Even though the anxiety is excessive or unreasonable, it is difficult or impossible to control.

Highly Recommended Book for Overcoming Specific Phobia

The following book is our top recommendation for those who suffer from specific phobias or for family and friends of those suffering. You may purchase the book at your local bookseller, or click on the links below to purchase them from Amazon.com.1

Mastering Your Fears and Phobias Mastering Your Fears and Phobias: Workbook

Martin M. Antony, Michelle G. Crasky, & David H. Barlow

Outlines a cognitive-behavioral treatment program for individuals who suffer from specific fears and phobias, including fear of blood, heights, driving, flying, water, and others. The program described in this workbook has proved to be the most effective treatment available for fears and phobias to date. It has a success rate of up to 90% with as little as one treatment session. Based on the principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), this workbook teaches clients about the nature of their fear and how to overcome it through exposures and changing their negative thoughts.

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