Monday, June 13, 2022

Phobias- Flooding therapy (Post #1)

  Classical conditioning has a significant impact on our lives because of its role in the formation of fear and anxiety. It is possible for a previously neutral stimulus to be linked to an adverse stimulus and trigger anxiety. To avoid a potentially hazardous scenario, this type of fear conditioning serves as a powerful motivator for the individual. As a result of this process, we might get overly concerned about situations that are neither harmful nor threatening at all. There is a wide range of severity when it comes to phobias, with the majority of people experiencing mild to severe symptoms. Intense phobias can lead a person to be so anxious that they are unable to carry out everyday tasks. They are frequently the result of horrific childhood events that left a person feeling so terrified and anxious that they developed a long-term phobia. Phobias can range from a fear of little critters to a fear of things and places that one would not normally encounter. Intense fear of spiders, or arachnophobia, is a typical example of an extreme phobia, and it's one that I share.

     In terms of psychotherapy, there are several alternative treatments, including flooding therapy, a behavioral treatment in which a feared stimulus is repeatedly exposed for an extended period of time, allowing the conditioned fear response to decrease to the maximum extent possible. People who have a fear of dogs, for example, may be put in a room with a dog and requested to pet the dog right away. This would be an extreme case. Despite the fact that this treatment is frequently quite beneficial for long-term phobias, it can be incredibly unpleasant for the patients.

(See video below)

Overcoming a Fear of Snakes in 3 Minutes

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