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behavior therapy

n.
A form of psychotherapy that uses basic learning techniques to treat mental illness. Also called behavioral therapy, behavior modification.

behavior therapist n.

behav′ior ther`apy


n.
a form of therapy emphasizing techniques for changing behavioral patterns that are maladaptive.
[1955–60]

behavior therapy

A variety of techniques, including aversion therapy, in which a patient is treated by conditioning to remove neuroptic symptoms.
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Noun1.behavior therapy - psychotherapy that seeks to extinguish or inhibit abnormal or maladaptive behavior by reinforcing desired behavior and extinguishing undesired behaviorbehavior therapy - psychotherapy that seeks to extinguish or inhibit abnormal or maladaptive behavior by reinforcing desired behavior and extinguishing undesired behavior
psychotherapy - the treatment of mental or emotional problems by psychological means
assertiveness training - a method of psychotherapy that reinforces you for stating negative and positive feelings directly
aversion therapy - any technique of behavior modification that uses unpleasant stimuli in a controlled fashion to alter behavior in a therapeutic way; primarily used for alcoholism or drug abuse (but with little success)
desensitisation procedure, desensitisation technique, desensitization procedure, desensitization technique, systematic desensitisation, systematic desensitization - a technique used in behavior therapy to treat phobias and other behavior problems involving anxiety; client is exposed to the threatening situation under relaxed conditions until the anxiety reaction is extinguished
flooding, implosion therapy - a technique used in behavior therapy; client is flooded with experiences of a particular kind until becoming either averse to them or numbed to them
reciprocal inhibition, reciprocal-inhibition therapy - a method of behavior therapy based on the inhibition of one response by the occurrence of another response that is mutually incompatible with it; a relaxation response might be conditioned to a stimulus that previously evoked anxiety
token economy - a form of behavior therapy that has been used in some mental institutions; patients are rewarded with tokens for appropriate behavior and the tokens may be cashed in for valued rewards
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The investigators used positron emission tomography (PET) scanners to study the brains of persons in three groups: nine OCD patients before and after 10 weeks of treatment with the antidepressant drug fluoxetine (Prozac), nine OCD patients before and after 10 weeks of behavior therapy consisting of strategies to diminish the force of their impulses, and four healthy controls before and after a 10-week interval.
Designed for clinicians who use cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) on a regular basis, this handbook combines conventional text with video presentations (via an included DVD) to describe common treatment strategies for severe mental disorders.
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Dialectical behavior therapy is the only psychosocial treatment that I am aware of that has been adapted with substance use problems and borderline personality disorder" said Dr McMain of the department of the department of psychiatry at the University of Toronto.
Clinical behavior analysis (CBA) is defined as the application of radical behaviorism (Skinner 1953, 1974) to answer the most basic question about outpatient adult behavior therapy (or any other type of psychotherapy) (Kohlenberg, Tsai & Dougher, 1993).
According to the study, although the prevalence rate of depression has gone up in the last decade, preference for cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and awareness about the potential side effects has led to a decline in demand for depression drugs.
Albert having died in 2007, Debbie updates the book they wrote together introducing the theory and practice of rational emotive behavior therapy, which she finds that therapists are now often combining with cognitive behavioral therapy.
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We present a case of a 20 year old female who presented with choking phobia and was treated with behavior therapy. Additionally, we discuss the differential diagnosis and treatment strategies of this rare anxiety disorder.

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