PMID: 298Oct 1, 1975

Using a hospital for desensitization of an outpatient's illness-related fears

Hospital & Community Psychiatry
P S Powers, H P Powers

Abstract

An outpatient with phobias related to enclosed places, hospitals, doctors, and cancer was treated by systematic desensitization; the facilities of a general hospital were used for part of the process. Steps in treatment included securing a complete psychiatric and social history, teaching the patient relaxation therapy techniques, and establishing a hierarchy of anxiety-provoking stimuli specifically related to the patient's fears. After desensitization the patient was able to enter the hospital for tests for a physical ailment and showed a general decrease in her fears.

Citations

May 1, 1978·Postgraduate Medical Journal·D Waxman

Related Concepts

Behavior Therapy
Depressive Symptoms
Psychological Desensitization Therapy
Hospitals, General
Phobia, Social
Relaxation Techniques

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