Exposure Therapy With 5 Common Examples

What is Exposure Therapy

Exposure therapy is a method to treat anxiety disorders. Exposure treatment entails exposing the intended patient without the intention of introducing any threat to the cause of fear or its context. It is assumed that doing so would help them resolve their fear or depression. Procedurally, it is analogous to the study of laboratory rodents established by the fear extinction model. This article contains some information about Exposure Therapy, its process, etc.

What is exposure therapy?

Exposure therapy is a therapeutic technique in which people are gradually exposed to stimuli that they fear, in order to replace their negative reaction with a less harmful one. Exposure therapy works by allowing patients to get their “winnings” back after exposure sessions. The desired effect of exposure is the reduction of the strength and frequency of related anxiety symptoms.

The exposure therapy method is frequently used in CBT. It is a technique used especially for fears (phobia). It is also quite effective for post-traumatic stress disorder. In this regard, we will present examples of different anxiety disorders. These practices are more detailed in therapy sessions, but someone can apply some of them alone.

In exposure and response prevention therapy, the client is confronted with the object they fear. It starts with a more tolerable tone and it gets difficult as the patient becomes reconciled to the situation.

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exposure therapy

“It always seems impossible until it is done. “ But just because you’re afraid doesn’t mean you can’t. Our feelings are fickle, and it’s not usually a good idea to base our actions on how we feel. Instead, it makes more sense to base our actions on what we value. If there is something you’ve been avoiding or been too afraid to try (#anticipitoryanxiety), I encourage you to evaluate your behavior in the context of your values. See if they line up, and if not, take a baby step today towards trying what is only impossible for now. “You are braver than you believe & stronger than you seem.” 


Phobias and Exposure Therapy

Example: Fear against a specific animal

With this therapy technique, the patient can get closer to the animal. This animal can be in the same room in a closed box.

They first show a photo to the patient, then they ask them to draw the animal’s picture. In the following stages, the animal can be in the same place as the patient, and the patient can interact with the animal. This is the most common method for such phobias.

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confronting fear makes people stronger.

Fear Of Aircraft and Exposure Therapy

A special study may be necessary to overcome the fear of airplanes. A group of people can spend time on a plane that is not moving. The patient can spend time at the airport. In the following stages, short flights can be tolerable.

Social Phobia

One of the biggest fears of an individual with social phobia is being the center of attention and public speaking. The person may first rehearse his speech with a therapist.

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Example :Checking the door obsessively

The individual believes that if he doesn’t close the door five times each time he leaves the house, something bad will happen.

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Virtual reality applications can help individuals who experience PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). For example, soldiers who have PTSD can become insensitive to the scenes of a nightmare. They watch videos with disturbing images accompanied by therapists.

Exposure Therapy Event

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exposure therapy

 A compulsion is merely a temporary band-aid for the distress from an #obsession. It won’t be long before the relief it brings loses its stickiness, and you’ll be back with the same distress from before. Choose your values over your fears and resist those urges to ritualize, avoid, or seek reassurance. I believe in you! Just like your blood has a natural clotting process that will quickly scab over and heal a skinned knee if you let it do its thing, your brain has built an inability to learn new patterns of emotion and behavior if we give it the opportunity. It’s not comfy healing, but it is healing nevertheless. 


For more information on Exposure Therapy, #ExposureTherapy

Visual Source : https://www.anxiety.org/exposure-plans

Last Updated on December 10, 2022 by Lucas Berg


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