desensitization technique

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Noun1.desensitization technique - 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
behavior modification, behavior therapy - psychotherapy that seeks to extinguish or inhibit abnormal or maladaptive behavior by reinforcing desired behavior and extinguishing undesired behavior
exposure therapy - a form of behavior therapy in which a survivor confronts feelings or phobias or anxieties about a traumatic event and relives it in the therapy situation
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In contrast, 34.5% of allergists would perform a penicillin skin test if available, and 20.7% considered prescribing penicillin using a desensitization technique in patients requiring penicillin therapy.
Finally, you may be able to reduce your cat's reaction to the stimulus through a desensitization technique. Do not begin treatment until your cat seems to be back to normal and has been reintegrated into the household.
In this update of the 2005 edition, Volkman (TIR Association, Ann Arbor, Michigan) introduces Traumatic Incident Reduction as a desensitization technique derived from humanistic psychology for treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Both the left and right sides of the split screen become linked, and the process completes the desensitization technique.
By definition, a desensitization technique is one that exposes the cat to a stimulus at a low enough intensity that arousal and reactivity are minimal.
In the future, 1 believe that virtual reality will hold great promise as a desensitization technique.
The patient practices the desensitization technique until it is perfected.