Definition of systematic desensitization in English:

systematic desensitization

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(also systematic desensitisation)


[mass noun] Psychiatry
  • A treatment for phobias in which the patient is exposed to progressively more anxiety-provoking stimuli and taught relaxation techniques.
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    • The technique is quite similar to systematic desensitization in behavior therapy.
    • Treatments effective in alleviating math anxiety include systematic desensitization and relaxation.
    • Behavior treatments include systematic desensitization, relaxation training, emotive imagery, contingency management, and social skills training.

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