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Using a Hospital for Desensitization of an Outpatient's Illness-Related Fears
Pauline S. Powers; Henry P. Powers
Psychiatric Services 1975; doi:
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Department of Psychiatry University of South Florida College of Medicine Tampa, Florida; St. Joseph's Hospital Mental Health Center, 30001 West Buffalo Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33607.

1975 by the American Psychiatric Association

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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.

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