Facing down phobias may be the best cure

in 2013, Boston Globe, Centers & Institutes in the News, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, David Barlow, Newsmakers, Stefan Hofmann
October 28th, 2013

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Stefan Hofman, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders
David Barlow, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders

It started when he was 12, during a flight from Charlotte, N.C., to Savannah, Ga., in a 12-seater plane…

Expert quotes:

Hofman:

“If exposure [therapy] is not successful, the drug enhances the unsuccessful part. If exposure therapy is successful, the drug makes it more successful.”

Barlow:

“There is some genetic influence, an inherited tendency to be uptight to begin with, but that alone isn’t responsible.”

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