systematic desensitization


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systematic desensitization

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(Psychology) psychol a treatment of phobias in which the patient while relaxed is exposed, often only in imagination, to progressively more frightening aspects of the phobia
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Noun1.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
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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The method adopted was systematic desensitization which is based on the premise that people cannot be both relaxed and anxious at the same time.
The treatment manual is constructed on a model of graduated exposure therapy or systematic desensitization steps.
Systematic desensitization has been used as one of the useful management techniques, in which researchers have used a hierarchy of test-anxiety-provoking stimuli.
However behavioral approaches such as systematic desensitization and psychotherapy may be helpful in some cases.13 Early identification of susceptible patients is very important as it may help to improve compliance and subsequently improve outcomes as well.
178) Thus, Can, Debory and Eskin (2012) compared the efficacy of systematic desensitization (behavior therapy) and cognitive restructuring (cognitive therapy) in reducing high scores on test anxiety, guided by the hypothesis that cognitive restructuring would be superior to systematic desensitization in reducing the severity of cognitive symptoms of anxiety, while systematic desensitization would be superior to cognitive restructuring in reducing the severity of the physiological symptoms of anxiety.
It focuses on a developmentally appropriate model of graduated exposure therapy, or systematic desensitization, that follows three steps: acquisition of relaxation strategies, the development of a stimulus hierarchy list, and exposing the child to fears on the stimulus hierarchy list and teaching him or her how to deal with anxiety using relaxation skills.
The most frequently used comprise training in thought stopping, systematic desensitization, mindfulness, and reattribution.
The counselor gradually faded this procedure using systematic desensitization by slowly asking the client to last for longer periods in the meeting without the device.
Yet their struggles are not surprising, especially when looking at their responses under the framework of systematic desensitization. Organizing the parental, educational and governmental fears of cyberbullying into an anxiety hierarchy helps illustrate the gaps in their efforts.
Jennings explained his role and objective as the Prison Coach Director of Mental Health Services, "Through the Prison Coach mental health component, it will allow me to introduce to the offender, how to survive emotionally, psychologically, mentally and therapeutically, utilizing concepts of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Behavioral Modification, De-Escalation Strategies, Systematic Desensitization (SD), and Rational-Emotive Behavioral Therapy.
Subjective Units of Distress scale The SUDS (Wolpe, 1991) was developed for the use of systematic desensitization and was incorporated into the standard EMDR protocol.

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