Touching Tarantulas: Overcoming Phobias With Brief Therapy

A single brief therapy session for adults with a lifelong debilitating spider phobia resulted in lasting changes to the brain's response to fear.

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That is good news!

It's also interesting that the brain mechanisms involved seem to be different months later (when people could easily walk up to and touch a tarantula) compared to right after the single therapy session:

She also found the brain regions associated with inhibiting fear only showed changes immediately after the exposure therapy and not after six months, indicating that differing brain mechanisms may be responsible for immediate versus long-term fear reduction.

Looks like it would work.



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