systematic desensitization


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systematic desensitization

[‚sis·tə¦mad·ik dē‚sen·sə·tə′zā·shən]
(psychology)
A behavior therapy technique that is used to modify phobic behaviors by constructing a hierarchy of anxiety-producing stimuli and gradually presenting them to the individual until they no longer produce anxiety.

systematic desensitization

see BEHAVIOUR MODIFICATION.
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Systematic desensitization, study skills counseling, and anxiety-coping training in the treatment of test anxiety.
Continuing to use systematic desensitization, the client could eventually be coached to walk home in small increments (e.g., parking nearby in the mornings to reduce the length of the route), while attending to the physiological responses during the walk.
While systematic desensitization is a type of therapy that helps people overcome a phobia, cyberbullying is one phobia that must not be overcome by becoming desensitized to it, but rather, by getting to the root of the issue-- through better education.
Eighteen situations were fabricated for behavioural and cognitive exposure through systematic desensitization at the clinic and home atmosphere.
While systematic desensitization (in combination with cognitive restructuring) is generally considered to be the first line treatment for phobias, therapies such as supportive psychotherapy and psychoanalytic psychotherapy can be useful alternative approaches, depending on the preferences of the patient and the therapist.
He also discusses "systematic desensitization" to gradually expose Sam step-by-step to the things that cause him fear.
Vaginismus, as a reaction of avoidance of an anxiety-producing situation, is readily amenable to treatment by systematic desensitization. This may proceed mainly in two ways: in vitro or in vivo.
Over the years in treating PTSD, I have been successful using relaxation techniques and behavior modification techniques, such as reciprocal inhibition and systematic desensitization, coupled with guided imagery.
Systematic Desensitization was also used to curtail her avoidance towards the objects related to the stressful event.
Simple techniques such as Token Economy, Shaping and Modeling, to complex methods such as Aversion Therapy, Flooding, Implosion Therapy and Systematic Desensitization are treated in detail with meticulous professional care.
They consist of cognitive and behavioral treatment techniques, interpersonal therapy, emotional education, interpersonal problem solving and conflict resolution, social skills training, systematic desensitization, modeling, reinforcement, and others.

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