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What is Exposure Therapy? PTSD, Anxiety, OCD and more... Mental Health Help with Kati Morton
What is Exposure Therapy? PTSD, Anxiety, OCD and more... Mental Health Help with Kati Morton
Published: 2016/07/25
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Intensive Exposure Therapy
Intensive Exposure Therapy
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How to Use Exposure Therapy to Overcome Phobias
How to Use Exposure Therapy to Overcome Phobias
Published: 2016/07/21
Channel: The Psych Show
Snake Phobia Behavioral (Exposure) Therapy
Snake Phobia Behavioral (Exposure) Therapy
Published: 2012/12/05
Channel: Jack Smethells
Exposure Therapy in Vivo for OCD
Exposure Therapy in Vivo for OCD
Published: 2017/01/19
Channel: UofL Depression Center
Exposure Therapy for Phobias Video with Reid Wilson
Exposure Therapy for Phobias Video with Reid Wilson
Published: 2012/11/14
Channel: PsychotherapyNet
Exposure Therapies: Most Effective Treatments for Anxiety Disorders
Exposure Therapies: Most Effective Treatments for Anxiety Disorders
Published: 2012/03/06
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Therapist: Exposure Therapy
Therapist: Exposure Therapy
Published: 2014/05/07
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How to Treat Anxiety with Exposure and Response Prevention
How to Treat Anxiety with Exposure and Response Prevention
Published: 2017/01/08
Channel: Miss Erin Doctor
Prolonged Exposure for PTSD
Prolonged Exposure for PTSD
Published: 2014/12/09
Channel: Veterans Health Administration
What is exposure therapy?
What is exposure therapy?
Published: 2012/08/07
Channel: Gift From Within- PTSD Resources
How to actually beat anxiety with exposure therapy
How to actually beat anxiety with exposure therapy
Published: 2015/12/10
Channel: Phenibut God
60 Minutes Advanced PTSD Therapy
60 Minutes Advanced PTSD Therapy
Published: 2013/12/11
Channel: azazel221
Dateline 2004 Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD
Dateline 2004 Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD
Published: 2013/03/21
Channel: Leila
Psychotherapy Examples: Part 5 Exposure Therapy
Psychotherapy Examples: Part 5 Exposure Therapy
Published: 2014/08/27
Channel: James Kirby
Anxiety Driving exposure therapy video
Anxiety Driving exposure therapy video
Published: 2016/12/06
Channel: ItsRJTV
Exposure Does NOT Cure Social Anxiety!
Exposure Does NOT Cure Social Anxiety!
Published: 2017/04/01
Channel: Simply Elated
Social anxiety and Exposure Therapy
Social anxiety and Exposure Therapy
Published: 2014/02/24
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Exposure Therapy For Social Anxiety: The Most Direct Way To Overcome Fear
Exposure Therapy For Social Anxiety: The Most Direct Way To Overcome Fear
Published: 2016/11/26
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Anxiety & Exposure Therapy 101
Anxiety & Exposure Therapy 101
Published: 2016/01/30
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In Vivo Exposure Therapy
In Vivo Exposure Therapy
Published: 2013/10/15
Channel: Andrew Kimbler
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What is EXPOSURE THERAPY? What does EXPOSURE THERAPY mean? EXPOSURE THERAPY meaning & explanation
Published: 2017/05/31
Channel: The Audiopedia
Exposure Therapy Aims To Curb OCD
Exposure Therapy Aims To Curb OCD
Published: 2010/08/23
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Eat, Sleep, Be Brave, Repeat - Exposure Therapy for Anxiety, Agoraphobia & Panic Attacks
Eat, Sleep, Be Brave, Repeat - Exposure Therapy for Anxiety, Agoraphobia & Panic Attacks
Published: 2015/11/26
Channel: Anxiety United
Narrative Exposure Therapy - Frank Neuner
Narrative Exposure Therapy - Frank Neuner
Published: 2016/11/06
Channel: APA Division 56 - Trauma Psychology
7. OCD Treatment:  Introduction to Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)
7. OCD Treatment: Introduction to Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)
Published: 2013/10/16
Channel: Katie d'Ath
Recovering from Trauma: Exposure Therapy, with Erin McKee, PsyD
Recovering from Trauma: Exposure Therapy, with Erin McKee, PsyD
Published: 2016/02/10
Channel: The Everett Clinic
Excerpt of Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy session for Fear of Public Speaking
Excerpt of Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy session for Fear of Public Speaking
Published: 2014/12/03
Channel: Virtually Better, Inc (VBI)
Exposure Therapy in Giving Public Speeches - The Art of Looking Stupid
Exposure Therapy in Giving Public Speeches - The Art of Looking Stupid
Published: 2014/05/07
Channel: DominateDepression
Exposure Therapy Misconceptions! | OCD & Anxiety Treatment
Exposure Therapy Misconceptions! | OCD & Anxiety Treatment
Published: 2016/03/02
Channel: ShalomAleichem {Mental Health Vlogs}
Dateline Prolonged Exposure Therapy
Dateline Prolonged Exposure Therapy
Published: 2014/03/28
Channel: Center4Anxiety
Exposure Therapy For Social Anxiety - Does It Work Well?
Exposure Therapy For Social Anxiety - Does It Work Well?
Published: 2011/12/31
Channel: Social Expression
| Housebound Agoraphobia | Exposure Therapy
| Housebound Agoraphobia | Exposure Therapy
Published: 2016/07/31
Channel: Morgan Nooche
Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy for PTSD and VR Resilience Training
Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy for PTSD and VR Resilience Training
Published: 2014/06/17
Channel: Skip Rizzo
VR exposure therapy for Fear of Heights (Acrophobia)
VR exposure therapy for Fear of Heights (Acrophobia)
Published: 2014/05/29
Channel: Virtual Reality Medical Center
The Journey Ep1 - Exposure Therapy For Anxiety
The Journey Ep1 - Exposure Therapy For Anxiety
Published: 2017/03/01
Channel: Anxiety United
Edna B. Foa, Ph.D. Talks About Anxiety, Trauma, and How Prolonged Exposure Therapy Works For PTSD
Edna B. Foa, Ph.D. Talks About Anxiety, Trauma, and How Prolonged Exposure Therapy Works For PTSD
Published: 2016/08/25
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Exposure Therapy Session
Exposure Therapy Session
Published: 2013/11/26
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Prolonged exposure therapy helps Josh overcome PTSD.
Prolonged exposure therapy helps Josh overcome PTSD.
Published: 2015/09/15
Channel: U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs
What is Prolonged Exposure (PE) [for posttraumatic stress disorder]?
What is Prolonged Exposure (PE) [for posttraumatic stress disorder]?
Published: 2012/07/13
Channel: Veterans Health Administration
Why does Exposure Therapy Work?
Why does Exposure Therapy Work?
Published: 2013/09/12
Channel: Cognitive Behavior Associates
A Positive Day On Reflection - Anxiety & Agoraphobia Exposure Therapy Video Diary
A Positive Day On Reflection - Anxiety & Agoraphobia Exposure Therapy Video Diary
Published: 2016/09/22
Channel: Anxiety United
SW 5012 Video Assignment: Gradual Exposure Therapy
SW 5012 Video Assignment: Gradual Exposure Therapy
Published: 2013/12/09
Channel: zombie4420
CBT Exposure Therapy Selective Mutism
CBT Exposure Therapy Selective Mutism
Published: 2013/01/16
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Exposure Therapy: Behavior
Exposure Therapy: Behavior
Published: 2009/04/22
Channel: Capital Psychology
Anxiety 101 - Ep 13 - Exposure Therapy Basics & Expectations w/Drew from That Anxiety Guy
Anxiety 101 - Ep 13 - Exposure Therapy Basics & Expectations w/Drew from That Anxiety Guy
Published: 2017/09/26
Channel: Anxiety United
PTSD Exposure Therapy - Dr. Albert "Skip" Rizzo Interview
PTSD Exposure Therapy - Dr. Albert "Skip" Rizzo Interview
Published: 2012/08/04
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Imaginal- Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD Rape survivors
Imaginal- Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD Rape survivors
Published: 2013/10/15
Channel: Andrew Kimbler
Excerpt of a session from Virtual Reality Cue Exposure therapy for Addictions
Excerpt of a session from Virtual Reality Cue Exposure therapy for Addictions
Published: 2014/12/03
Channel: Virtually Better, Inc (VBI)
Excerpt of a Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy session for fear of Heights (Elevator) session
Excerpt of a Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy session for fear of Heights (Elevator) session
Published: 2014/12/03
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Exposure therapy is a technique in behavior therapy is thought to help treat anxiety disorders.

Exposure therapy involves exposing the target patient to the anxiety source or its context without the intention to cause any danger. Doing so is thought to help them overcome their anxiety or distress.[1][2] Procedurally it is similar to the fear extinction paradigm in rodent work.[3][4] Numerous studies have demonstrated its effectiveness in the treatment of disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, PTSD, and specific phobias. [5]

Background[edit]

The use of exposure as a mode of therapy began in the 1950s, at a time when psychodynamic views dominated Western clinical practice and behavioral therapy was first emerging. South African psychologists and psychiatrists first used exposure as a way to reduce pathological fears, such as phobias and anxiety-related problems, and they brought their methods to England in the Maudsley Hospital training program.[6]

Joseph Wolpe (1915–1997) was one of the first psychiatrists to spark interest in treating psychiatric problems as behavioral issues. He sought consultation with other behavioral psychologists, among them James G. Taylor (1897–1973), who worked in the psychology department of the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Although most of his work went unpublished, Taylor was the first psychologist known to use exposure therapy treatment for anxiety, including methods of situational exposure with response prevention—a common exposure therapy technique still being used.[6] Since the 1950s several sorts of exposure therapy have been developed, including systematic desensitization, flooding, implosive therapy, prolonged exposure therapy, in vivo exposure therapy, and imaginal exposure therapy.[6]

Techniques[edit]

Exposure therapy is based on the principle of respondent conditioning often termed Pavlovian extinction.[7] The exposure therapist identifies the cognitions, emotions and physiological arousal that accompany a fear-inducing stimulus and then tries to break the pattern of escape that maintains the fear. This is done by exposing the patient to progressively stronger fear-inducing stimuli.[8] Fear is minimized at each of a series of steadily escalating steps or challenges (a hierarchy), which can be explicit ("static") or implicit ("dynamic" — see Method of Factors) until the fear is finally gone.[9] The patient is able to terminate the procedure at any time.

There are three types of exposure procedures. The first is in vivo or “real life.” This type exposes the patient to actual fear-inducing situations. For example, if someone fears public speaking, the person may be asked to give a speech to a small group of people. The second type of exposure is imaginal, where patients are asked to imagine a situation that they are afraid of. This procedure is helpful for people who need to confront feared thoughts and memories. The third type of exposure is interoceptive, which may be used for more specific disorders such as panic or post-traumatic stress disorder. Patients confront feared bodily symptoms such as increased heart rate and shortness of breath. All types of exposure may be used together or separately.[10]

While evidence clearly supports the effectiveness of exposure therapy, some clinicians are uncomfortable using imaginal exposure therapy, especially in cases of PTSD. They may not understand it, are not confident in their own ability to use it, or more commonly, they see significant contraindications for their client.[11][12]

Flooding therapy also exposes the patient to feared stimuli, but it is quite distinct in that flooding starts at the most feared item in a fear hierarchy, while exposure starts at the least fear-inducing.[13][14]

In the "exposure and response prevention" variation of exposure therapy, the resolution to refrain from the escape response is to be maintained at all times and not just during specific practice sessions. Thus, not only does the subject experience habituation to the feared stimulus, they also practice a fear-incompatible behavioral response to the stimulus. While this type of therapy typically causes some short-term anxiety, this facilitates long-term reduction in obsessive and compulsive symptoms.[15]:103

Applications[edit]

Generalized anxiety disorder[edit]

There is empirical evidence that exposure therapy can be an effective treatment for people with generalized anxiety disorder, citing specifically in vivo exposure therapy, which has greater effectiveness than imaginal exposure in regards to generalized anxiety disorder. The aim of in vivo exposure treatment is to promote emotional regulation using systematic and controlled therapeutic exposure to traumatic stimuli.[16]

Phobias[edit]

Exposure therapy is the most successful known treatment for phobias.[17] Several published meta-analyses included studies of one-to-three hour single-session treatments of phobias, using imaginal exposure. At a post-treatment follow-up four years later 90% of patients retained a considerable reduction in fear, avoidance, and overall level of impairment, while 65% no longer experienced any symptoms of a specific phobia.[18]

Agoraphobia is an example of a phobia that has been successfully treated by exposure therapy. Agoraphobia is an irrational fear of crowded space, originating from the Ancient Greek term "Agora" or Marketplace. Such fears can be very debilitating in themselves, and in addition patients often worry about showing anxiety and losing control in public.[19]

Post-traumatic stress disorder[edit]

Virtual reality exposure (VRE) therapy is a modern but effective treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This method was tested on several active duty Army soldiers, using an immersive computer simulation of military settings over six sessions. Self-reported PTSD symptoms of these soldiers were greatly diminished following the treatment.,[20] Exposure therapy has shown promise in the treatment of co-morbid PTSD and substance abuse.

Obsessive compulsive disorder[edit]

Exposure and response prevention (also known as exposure and ritual prevention; ERP or EX/RP) is a variant of exposure therapy that is recommended by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), the American Psychiatric Association (APA), and the Mayo Clinic as first-line treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) citing that it has the richest empirical support for both youth and adolescent outcomes.[21][22]

ERP is predicated on the idea that a therapeutic effect is achieved as subjects confront their fears, but refrain from engaging in the escape response or ritual that delays or eliminates distress.[23] In the case of individuals with OCD or an anxiety disorder, there is a thought or situation that causes distress. Individuals usually combat this distress through specific behaviors that include avoidance or rituals. However, ERP involves purposefully evoking fear, anxiety, and or distress in the individual by exposing him/her to the feared stimulus. The response prevention then involves having the individual refrain from the ritualistic or otherwise compulsive behavior that functions to decrease distress. The patient is then taught to tolerate distress until it fades away on its own, thereby learning that rituals are not always necessary to decrease distress or anxiety. Over repeated practice of ERP, patients with OCD expect to find that they can have obsessive thoughts and images but not have the need to engage in compulsive rituals to decrease distress.[21][22]

The AACAP's practice parameters for OCD recommends cognitive behavioral therapy, and more specifically ERP, as first line treatment for youth with mild to moderate severity OCD and combination psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy for severe OCD.[22] The Cochrane Review's examinations of different randomized control trials echoes repeated findings of the superiority of ERP over waitlist control or pill-placebos, the superiority of combination ERP and pharmacotherapy, but similar effect sizes of efficacy between ERP or pharmacotherapy alone.[24]

Mindfulness[edit]

A 2015 review pointed out parallels between exposure therapy and mindfulness, stating that mindful meditation "resembles an exposure situation because [mindfulness] practitioners 'turn towards their emotional experience', bring acceptance to bodily and affective responses, and refrain from engaging in internal reactivity towards it."[25] Imaging studies have shown that the ventromedial prefrontal cortex, hippocampus, and the amygdala are all affected by exposure therapy; imaging studies have shown similar activity in these regions with mindfulness training.[25]

Organizations and certification[edit]

There are a number of organizations of behavior therapists around the world. The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABA) offers a certification in behavior therapy[26] to therapists who demonstrate competence in exposure therapy.

Research[edit]

Exposure therapy can be investigated in the laboratory using Pavlovian extinction paradigms. Using rodents such as rats or mice to study extinction allows for the investigation of underlying neurobiological mechanisms involved, as well as testing of pharmacological adjuncts to improve extinction learning.[27]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ Myers, K.M.; Davis, M. (2007). "Mechanisms of Fear Extinction". Molecular Psychiatry. 12 (2): 120–50. PMID 17160066. doi:10.1038/sj.mp.4001939. 
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  11. ^ C. Becker; C. Zayfert; E. Anderson. "A Survey of Psychologists' Attitudes Towards and Utilization of Exposure Therapy for PTSD". Digital Commons @ Trinity. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  12. ^ Jaeger, J.A.; Echiverri, A.; Zoellner, L.A.; Post, L.; Feeny, N.C. (2009). "Factors Associated with Choice of Exposure Therapy for PTSD" (PDF). International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy. 5 (2): 294–310. PMC 3337146Freely accessible. PMID 22545029. 
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  17. ^ Chambless, D.L.; Ollendick, T.H. (2001). "Empirically supported psychological interventions: Controversies and Evidence". Annual Review of Psychology. 52 (1): 685–716. PMID 11148322. doi:10.1146/annurev.psych.52.1.685. 
  18. ^ Kaplan, J. S.; Tolin, D. F. (2011). "Exposure therapy for anxiety disorders: Theoretical mechanisms of exposure and treatment strategies". Psychiatric Times. 28 (9): 33–37. 
  19. ^ Vögele, Claus; Ehlers, Anke; Meyer, Andrea H.; Frank, Monika; Hahlweg, Kurt; Margraf, Jürgen (2010). "Cognitive mediation of clinical improvement after intensive exposure therapy of agoraphobia and social phobia". Depression and Anxiety. 27 (3): 294–301. PMID 20037922. doi:10.1002/da.20651. 
  20. ^ Reger, G.M.; Gahm, G.A. (2008). "Virtual reality exposure therapy for active duty soldiers". Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session. 64 (8): 940–6. PMID 18612993. doi:10.1002/jclp.20512. 
  21. ^ a b Koran, LM; Hanna, GL; Hollander, E; Nestadt, G; Simpson, HB; American Psychiatric, Association. (July 2007). "Practice guideline for the treatment of patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder." (PDF). The American Journal of Psychiatry. 164 (7 Suppl): 5–53. PMID 17849776. 
  22. ^ a b c "Practice parameter for the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with obsessive-compulsive disorder.". Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 51 (1): 98–113. January 2012. PMID 22176943. doi:10.1016/j.jaac.2011.09.019. 
  23. ^ Abramowitz, Jonathan S.; Deacon, Brett J.; Whiteside, Stephen P. H. (2011-03-14). Exposure Therapy for Anxiety: Principles and Practice. Guilford Press. ISBN 9781609180171. 
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