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Curing phobias

Phobias often result from a single traumatic experience, such as being chased by a dog as a child. The person tends to avoid the thing they're scared of, so the phobia persists. Phobias can be cured by gradually helping the person to confront the situation they are afraid of. These programmes used to take weeks, or even months. But new research suggests that some phobias can be overcome far more quickly.

People may overcome their phobias by gradually confronting the thing they're afraid of.
People may overcome their phobias by gradually confronting the thing they're afraid of.
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