Exposure Therapy

Exposure Therapy and the Fine Art of Scaring the Shit Out of Yourself On Purpose

Inspired by new research on “facing your fears” as a cure for PTSD and phobias, I set out to see whether climbing a mountain could cure my fear of heights.

The panic grew with every move I made: gripping small handholds with suddenly sweaty palms, placing my soft rubber-soled climbing shoes onto small ledges and nubs in the granite face. My chest seized up; the fear gripping my lungs and my brain made me dizzy. I breathed loud and fast through my mouth. My brain screamed warnings at my body:

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