anxiety+treatment-1 - experiences unless they are...

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Treatment of Phobias… Early treatment focused on the ‘reciprocal inhibition’ of fear through competing, displacing responses (Wolpe)
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Treatment of Phobias… Examples of competing responses included: Relaxation Anger Hunger
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Treatment of Phobias… Systematic Desensitization (Wolpe) - Achieve relaxed state Imaginal exposure using ‘fear hierarchy’
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Systematic Desensitization… Problems : Very difficult to relax while fearful; Relaxation worked as a distractor; Imaginal does not equal actual; No need for hierarchy;
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Emotional Processing… Fear response must be activated through exposure; New, corrective information must be integrated into the memory network.
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Emotional Processing… Exposure must be experienced fully for fear to reduce - distraction impedes fear reduction!
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Emotional Processing… Do not attempt to distract yourself during unpleasant
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Unformatted text preview: experiences, unless they are one-time-only and short-lived.* Anxiety Treatment… Take-home message: EXPOSURE IS WHAT WORKS! WE DON’T NEED TO DO ANYTHING ELSE TO SUCCESSFULLY TREAT A PHOBIA!* Why not medication? 1. Many medications have side effects that are worse than the anxiety disorders they are meant to treat! Patients also become physically and psychologically dependent on their meds. 2. Medications just mask the symptoms of anxiety without actually treating them. They can lead to ‘symptom rebound.’ 3. Doctors are paid/bribed by drug companies to prescribe their drugs! This can cloud a doctor’s better judgment 4. There is not a ‘drug of choice’ for treating any anxiety disorder. They all have nonspecific effects. 5. Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) works just as well or better than any available medication ....
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