Exposure Therapy As Treatment for Phobias

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Exposure therapy involves progressively becoming comfortable with a source of distress. Commonly used to treat anxiety disorders, exposure therapy is shown to effectively reduce unhealthy behaviors. The brain of a person who has received exposure therapy for a phobia is noticeably less reactive to the feared object. The improvements in the brain remain even six months after treatment. Two women with arachnophobia (an intense fear of spiders) were able to remain in close proximity to a tarantula with little anxiety after a single session.

Spider Phobia: Brain Scan Shows Cure in 1 Session – WebMD

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CBS NewsSpider Phobia: Brain Scan Shows Cure in 1 SessionWebMDBy Salynn Boyles May 21, 2012 — Before receiving treatment for her lifelong fear of spiders, one Chicago college student would flee her dorm for days if she merely suspected one’s presenc …

Exposure therapy tackles fear of spiders – In-Forum

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Exposure therapy tackles fear of spidersIn-Forum(Ken Wiginton / Chicago Tribune) The nervous college student was pacing the corridor, so scared of the caged spider at the end of the hall that he thought he would leave before the therapy session began …

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