Treatment of Technophobia
There are many different types of treatment for phobias, and technophobia is no exception. The most common treatments for technophobia include;
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for technophobia generally consists of several one on one visits with a licensed therapist. In these sessions, the patient and therapist talk about the patient's thoughts towards technology. The therapist may try to elicit a shift in the patient's attitudes over time, which may then lead to an acceptance of technology.
Exposure therapy for technophobia consists of several weeks or months of gradually increasing exposure to technology, led by a therapist, but controlled by the patient. For example, one week the patient will simply be in a room with a computer, but it is not even plugged in, while they talk with their therapist. The next week, the computer may be on, and the following week they may be able to use the mouse. Over time, exposure therapy combined with structured courses on the use of technology has been shown to be effective at treating technophobia, especially in older patients.
Anti-anxiety medications are commonly prescribed to treat anxiety disorders and some social phobias as well. Lexapro, Xanax and Prozac are all effective at treating anxiety disorders. However, there has been no conclusive evidence that anti-anxiety medications have been effective at treating technophobia.
Ultimately, the best treatment for technophobia is either cognitive behavioral therapy or exposure therapy.