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Exposure Therapy

Exposure Therapy

Exposure Therapy - Intended to treat anxiety disorders and involves the exposure to the feared object or context without any danger in order to overcome their anxiety. The therapist identifies the cognitions, emotions and physiological arousal that accompany a fear-inducing stimulus, and attempts to break the pattern of escape that strengthens the fear response, through measured exposure to progressively stronger stimuli until habituation is reached. The technique involves the creation of steadily escalating steps or challenges that work towards a final goal representing a "non-phobic" response.  The patient voluntarily moves through the steps, with a means of terminating each step (under voluntary control). Exposure and Response Prevention -  A therapeutic effect is achieved as subjects confront their fears and discontinue their escape response.  (Practiced in treatment of...

Exposure Therapy - Intended to...

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