Enhancing exposure therapy for anxiety and phobias

Though most patients undergoing exposure therapy improve, about half will continue to have significant symptoms. Professor Michelle Craske, director of UCLA’s Anxiety Disorders Research Center, told attendees at the 47th Annual Australian Psychological Conference at the end of September that patients with depression tend to struggle most but new techniques can improve outcomes.

Exposure therapy works by teaching patients how to inhibit their fears to what should be safe objects or safe situations.

“The problem is that individuals with anxiety