Flooding in vivo as research tool and treatment method for phobias: A preliminary report

George Curtis, Randolph Nesse, Martin Buxton, Jesse Wright, David Lippman

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Abstract

Flooding in vivo is a rapid, safe, simple, and effective method for treating phobias. Since it is specifically tied to a defined stimulus situation and can be turned on and off at will, it also lends itself to experimental investigation of a number of clinically significant problems. Among these are the psychology, physiology, and pharmacology of anxiety and therapeutic change and the behavior of therapists and patients during therapy. Among the early substantive findings with the technique are that cortisol is not necessarily secreted during anxiety, and that phobias do not "protect" against other, possibly more serious disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-160
Number of pages8
JournalComprehensive Psychiatry
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1976

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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