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What is systematic desensitization?

What is systematic desensitization?

Decrease sensitivity: Desensitization is a method to decrease a negative reaction in the body, often used to decrease allergies. Allergy shots expose patients to the proteins that cause their symptoms in a gradual way until the body becomes accustomed to that exposure. Systemic desensitization is body-wide (like shots); occasionally local desensitization works well (like intranasal desensitization with allergies). ...Read more

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How effective is systematic desensitization for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

How effective is systematic desensitization for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Alone, not very: But when used with other techniques such as prolonged exposure, deep muscle relaxation, cognitive rehearsal, thought stopping, can be very helpful in relieving some of the symptoms that bother folks with OCD. Should not be used simply alone. Consult a provider with experience in the evidence based treatment of anxiety disorders such as OCD. ...Read more

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What is desensitization?

What is desensitization?

A behavioral method: Desenitization actually is used in a variety of settings. In mental health, it refers to the graded exposure to a feared activity or object, e.g., snakes or spiders. Usually, relaxation techniques are part of the process. Then, starting perhaps with just visualizing the feared object, the person gradually increases exposure until it becomes "routine." well studied and can be highly effective. ...Read more

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Would looking at videos of real violence desensitize someone?

Would looking at videos of real violence desensitize someone?

It can: People should not do anything to the exclusion of other activities. If you watch violent videos, you should be over 18 and limit the amount of time you participate in this activity. Those with trauma histories may be harmed more by violent videos than those without trauma histories. If violent videos upset you or give you nightmares, or other symptoms, see a psychiatrist or psychologist. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about the success rates of desensitization?

What can you tell me about the success rates of desensitization?

Please clarify.: From what i know of desensitization, it is a form of therapy for allergies that is supposed to make people less sensitive to things they are allergic to, like chocolate. They are exposed to a small amount, which gives a reaction, which, over time, gets less. It has been done for a long time with decent results, but is not employed as much as it once was. ...Read more

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Help I masterbated a lot, now can't get erect, have I desensitized myself. Will it ever return?

Help I masterbated a lot, now can't get erect, have I desensitized myself. Will it ever return?

See a Psychiatrist: You may need a full assessment to better understand the high frequency of this behavior and what drives you to engage in it so frequently; A comprehensive assessment by a psychiatrist may help; ...Read more

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What is the side effects of desensitization?

What is the side effects of desensitization?

Depends: Which tissues are you desensitizing? Teeth can be desensitized when sensitive, usually the result of trauma. No side effects when desensitizing teeth. ...Read more

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How can a person be desensitized to an allergen?

How can a person be desensitized to an allergen?

Immunotherapy: The simple answer is allergy immunotherapy. This is typically done for airborne allergens or bees and is the process by which giving the patient back increasing doses of the allergen(s) they will have less and less symptoms. Allergy vaccine therapy is not a cure but can induce long term modifications in the immune system so that the targeted allergens clinically cause less problems. ...Read more

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