Phobias: Nature, assessment and treatment
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Phobias: Nature, assessment and treatment

Paul Rogers Wales Office of Research & Development Researcher, Caswell Clinic, Glanrhyd Hospital, Bro Morgannwg NHS Trust
Gournary Kevin Professor of Psychiatric Nursing, Institute of Psychiatry, Bethlam & Maudsley NHS Trust

Phobias are anxiety disorders that can have a significant impact on a person’s lifestyle, due to the distress and symptoms suffered. This article discusses the characteristics of the three classified phobias, their assessment and treatment, as well as self-help interventions

Aims and intended learning outcomes

This article discusses the characteristics of the different phobic disorders, their assessment and treatment.

After reading this article and completing the exercises, you will:

define and differentiate agoraphobia, social phobia and specific phobia;

state the general prevalence of phobias;

describe two assessment measures used for phobias;

describe two forms of psychological treatment used to treat phobias;

discuss the role of nurse therapists in the treatment of phobias.

Mental Health Practice. 3, 8, 30-35. doi: 10.7748/mhp2000.

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