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My mother-in laws life is being ruined by her fear of spiders

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My mother-in laws life is being ruined by her fear of spiders - she has always had a "thing" but she is 80 now and cannot be in the house on her own for any longer than necessary
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  DrKnowsBest replied 7 years ago.
Hello Customer!
Phobias such as this usually respond best to cognitive therapy. If it is affecting her life this much then this is warranted. A therapist can slowly expose her to the source of the phobia under controlled conditions (advancing sometimes from her picturing it in her head to a photo to the real thing, etc). This is usually what works best. Hypnosis is an alternative method that also works well.
A short term sedative that is mild and can help control her anxiety. This can be evaluated by the psycholtherapist but must be prescribe by her dr.
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