Exposure therapy is a treatment method designed to help people confront their fears by exposing them to their fears in a safe environment. When exposed to their fears over time, people find their adverse reactions to those objects, situations, or activities decrease, have weaker associations between their fears and bad outcomes they experienced when confronted with them in the past, and are more capable of confronting their fears in the future. This can help minimize stress and maladaptive coping mechanisms, like aggression, withdrawal, or substance abuse. Exposure therapy is a viable treatment option for people of all ages and is particularly useful to treat phobias, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder. Exposure therapy can take anywhere from 5 to 20 sessions to complete.