What is Exposure Therapy?

Category: Psychotherapy

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Exposure Therapy is a trauma-focused psychotherapy emphasizing imaginal or narrative exploration of traumatic memories along with cognitive restructuring, relaxation, and anxiety reduction as a treatment for PTSD. Occasionally, it is also called Prolonged Exposure (PE).

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Post-traumatic stress disorder 44 29
Agoraphobia 2 1
Panic disorder 2 0
Social anxiety disorder 2 1
Suicidal ideation 2 2
Adjustment disorder 1 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
7
Moderate
11
Mild
2
None
9

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Exposure Therapy

Side effect Patients
Flashbacks 5
Anxious mood 4
Nightmares 4
Panic attacks 4
Sweating increased 2
Aggressive behavior 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently going to Exposure Therapy

Dosage Patients
30 min weekly 2
10 min weekly 1
60 min monthly 1
100 min monthly 1
25 min daily 1
1,440 min daily 1
monthly 1

Why patients stopped taking Exposure Therapy

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Felt finished with this treatment 9
Other 6
This type of therapy or counseling didn't seem to help 5
Change in health plan coverage 2
Completed the number of sessions covered by my insurance 2
Doctor's advice 2
Found another therapist or program I preferred 2
No convenient appointments available 2
Expense 1
I didn't have enough time 1
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Duration

Currently going to Exposure Therapy

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 1

Stopped going to Exposure Therapy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 14
Usually 10
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 18
Somewhat hard to take 5
A little hard to take 4
Not at all hard to take 2
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 3
$50-99 1
$25-49 0
< $25 12
Not specified 13
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Exposure Therapy.