Implosive Therapy

Publication Title: 
Pharmacology & Therapeutics

Pathological fear and anxiety are highly debilitating and, despite considerable advances in psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy they remain insufficiently treated in many patients with PTSD, phobias, panic and other anxiety disorders.

Author(s): 
Singewald, N.
Schmuckermair, C.
Whittle, N.
Holmes, A.
Ressler, K. J.
Publication Title: 
The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis

This report described a phased-oriented treatment of complex trauma in four Chinese women. Two women were survivors of childhood sexual abuse, one was a rape victim, and the other was a battered spouse. A phased-oriented treatment that tailored to the needs of the clients was used. The treatment framework consisted of three phases: stabilization, trauma processing, and integration. Hypnotic techniques had been used in these phases as means for grounding and stabilization, for accessing the traumatic memories, and for consolidating the gains.

Author(s): 
Poon, Maggie Wai-ling
Publication Title: 
The Pavlovian Journal of Biological Science

Desensitization of psychological and physiological complex structures may be the most important element of flooding treatment. The implosive sessions are assumed to represent a supramaximal stimulation of pathologically excited and inert complex structures resulting in protective inhibition, irradiation of excitation, reduction of the excitation and inertness, and a decrease of the overshooting autonomic reactivity of the complex structures, leading to reduction of anxiety, aggression, and other pathologically increased feelings.

Author(s): 
Astrup, C.
Publication Title: 
The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis
Author(s): 
Scrignar, C. B.
Publication Title: 
International Journal of Psychosomatics: Official Publication of the International Psychosomatics Institute
Author(s): 
Kornfeld, A. D.
Publication Title: 
The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis

This report described a phased-oriented treatment of complex trauma in four Chinese women. Two women were survivors of childhood sexual abuse, one was a rape victim, and the other was a battered spouse. A phased-oriented treatment that tailored to the needs of the clients was used. The treatment framework consisted of three phases: stabilization, trauma processing, and integration. Hypnotic techniques had been used in these phases as means for grounding and stabilization, for accessing the traumatic memories, and for consolidating the gains.

Author(s): 
Poon, Maggie Wai-ling
Publication Title: 
The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis

The highly stressful conditions of a war zone may exacerbate or trigger a wide variety of symptoms including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) once a service member returns home. Service members and new veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars present to treatment with multiple psychosocial concerns and co-morbid psychiatric conditions. Evidence-based treatments including exposure based therapies are commonly recommended for use with returning veterans.

Author(s): 
Proescher, Eric J.
Publication Title: 
Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences

Improved efficacy in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other anxiety disorders is urgently needed. Traditional anxiety treatments of hypnosis and psychodynamic therapy may be of some help, but uncontrolled studies lead to inconclusive results on the efficacy of these treatment techniques. There is a larger literature supporting the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral procedures with PTSD, including prolonged exposure therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, and anxiety management techniques.

Author(s): 
Choi, Dennis C.
Rothbaum, Barbara O.
Gerardi, Maryrose
Ressler, Kerry J.
Publication Title: 
The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis

Numerous creative methods have been developed to incorporate computer technology into cognitive behavior therapy for anxiety disorders. In contrast, little has been written about the role that computer technology might play in therapy with hypnosis. This article is an exploration of some basic ways that clinicians can use images from computer search engines and YouTube to enhance exposure therapy for phobias.

Author(s): 
Spiegel, Sharon B.
Publication Title: 
The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis

Specific phobia is the most common and treatable of the anxiety disorders. Exposure-based therapies are the treatment of choice and empirically validated protocols are available that promise rapid and effective results. In many cases, however, patients are reluctant to comply with demanding schedules of exposure, increasing the risk of treatment failure. Furthermore, in clinical practice, patients often present with multiple phobias and other Axis I and Axis II disorders that can further complicate therapy.

Author(s): 
Spiegel, Sharon B.

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