By Jonathan S. Abramowitz PhD, Brett J. Deacon PhD, Stephen P. H. Whiteside PhD ABPP
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Dr. Whiteside serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Anxiety Disorders and on the Education and Training Committee of the Minnesota Psychological Association. Acknowledgments This book reflects how we understand and treat clinical anxiety problems. The conceptual model and intervention strategies elucidated herein are based on a firm foundation of scientific literature that we are at once students of and contributors to. We wish to thank all of those who have helped us learn from and add to this knowledge, including the countless patients with whom we have worked (some successfully and some unsuccessfully) and therapists we have supervised, as well as the many outstanding teachers who have been instrumental in our growth and learning.
STRATEGIES FOR IDENTIFYING EFFECTIVE TREATMENTS On what basis, then, should a clinician make decisions about treating a patient or client that minimizes interference from the heuristics described earlier? Although not infallible itself, the scientific (experimental) method provides a procedure for making these decisions by setting out strict procedures for evaluating the effects of treatments and requiring that these findings be scrutinized and replicated by other investigators. In experimental research, the ways in which patients are selected and assigned to treatments, as well as how data are collected and analyzed, decrease the extent to which our natural cognitive shortcuts interfere with the evaluation of a treatment’s effects.
Second, at a cognitive level, attention automatically shifts toward the perceived threat so that it might seem difficult to concentrate on any extraneous matters. This focus serves as a constant reminder of the potential for harm and allows for early detection of threats. Finally, at a behavioral level, the individual takes actions that are geared toward avoiding or escaping the feared stimulus, such as by running away, thereby increasing the odds of survival. The urge to act aggressively (fight) is also part of this response.
Exposure Therapy for Anxiety: Principles and Practice by Jonathan S. Abramowitz PhD, Brett J. Deacon PhD, Stephen P. H. Whiteside PhD ABPP