The behavioural approach to treating phobias

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What are the two therapies most well known for this?
Flooding, systematic disensitisation
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What is flooding?
Form of behavioural therapy where you are used to treat phobias, and when you are exposed to a threatening situation under relaxed conditions
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How can flooding be used in practice?
One long session with the feared stimulus. Either in reality or virtual reality, must include relaxation techniques
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What is systematic desensitisation?
When you are gradually exposed to the feared stimulus
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What is counter-conditioning?
This is when the phobic stimulus is associated with a new response, e.g relaxation instead of fear
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How does relaxation help in systematic desensitisation?
Deep breathing, focus on a peaceful scene in your mind, and have progressive muscle relaxation throughout.
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What is the desensitisation hierarchy?
Gradually exposing people from least to most fearful things, with relaxation practiced at each step
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EVALUATION: Effectiveness of flooding
It is better/quicker than systematic desensitisation. Lots of research show this
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EVALUATION: Systematic desensitisation is not appropriate for all phobias
Not appropriate for phobias with underlying isues, and is possibly only appropriate with people who had a personal experience to lead to the phobia.
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