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Old 08-11-2012, 02:00 PM   #3
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Re: crazy phobia, what should/can I do?

Hi there, and sorry you did not get a quick response. I hope I can help.

While you call your phobia crazy, phobias are very real to the sufferers, as you know. When they become enough to interfere with your life, it is time to seek some help, which is your first great sign. Acknowledging the phobia and being open to treatment will go a long way towards your eventual recovery.

Specialists will use several techniques to help you overcome your fears, and one is exposure therapy. This entails you having very small exposure to the ants in a controlled environment. Gradually you will be able to lessen your anxiety about the ants, once you realize they cannot really hurt you. Most will use a combination of this type of therapy and talk therapy to help you understand and overcome your fear.

Another home remedy I would encourage you to do is to lessen the chance of ants even coming near your home in the first place. You can have regular spraying and poisoning of ants if you are ok with that type of thing, and are free of pets and children that might get into them. Of course keeping free of crumbs and food sources for the ants is also necessary. Having a professional out to the house to determine where the ants are coming from will help too.

I would definitely let your doctor know on your next visit, he or she would be the first to help direct you in the right direction.

Best of luck

 
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