What is flooding?
Flooding is a type of behavioral therapy that
helps people who have phobias or fears. When there is flooding, the
apprehensive person is repeatedly exposed to the terrifying object. The theory
behind it is that by confronting your worries, you will eventually come to see
them as less frightening. A therapist might, for instance, take someone who is
fearful of animals into a cottage to expose the others to a lot of dogs in a
What is Flooding Therapy?
Flooding therapy subjects the client to their
phobia for a 2 to a 3-hour session, in all its wonderfulness. One of the really
extreme forms of exposure therapy is this one. Flooding therapy provides a
different option. The patient is now exposed to stimuli, allowing for the
formation of new associations. The patient's mind will gradually begin to
replace the old relationships with new ones over an extended period of time.
The patient no longer connects their previous fear with unpleasant memories or
unsettling feelings when they are faced with it the following time.
Flooding could be compared to a total
extinction program. Here, the procedure entails prolonged exposure to vibrant
characterizations of the stimulations that elicit fear or to the actual
fear-producing stimuli in situations where this stimulation cannot be avoided,
as opposed to the gradual exposure combined with relaxation that defines
systematic desensitization. Flooding is based on a theory of total destruction
and, whenever feasible, involves in real life the feared stimuli. The
technique, like systematic desensitization, changes depending on the therapist
first learning precisely what the client fears the most. Flooding has been shown to
be particularly effective in getting rid of OCD rituals. Obsessive-compulsive
rituals typically have to revolve around groundwater pollution and checking.
Obsession -> Anxiety -> Compulsions
Once the patient is afraid of contamination,
flooding entails getting them to "contaminate" themselves by getting
their hands on dirt or whatever it is they are trying to avoid, and it prevents
them from engaging in their anxiety-relieving rituals. As a result, they will
come to understand that the threat they perceive is unfounded.
Treatment of Mental Disorders by Flooding Therapy by Therapists and Psychologists
Flooding therapy is useful for those without phobias as well. Several disorders, such as the following, can be managed or treated by a professional using flood therapy:
How is flooding
therapy carried out?
Flooding therapy is utilized in combination with
progressive muscle relaxation, techniques, or imagery to treat any type of
phobia. These coping mechanisms cause a person to re-traumatize due to the same
event or fear. Furthermore, it is crucial that getting flooded exposure therapy is carried out by an experienced and trained therapist who is familiar with effective phobia as well as fear coping mechanisms. Flooding enables people to
become accustomed to their anxieties and let the powerful emotion that
surrounds them fade. An individual's fear of flooding is presented to them all
at once, with the utmost intensity, rather than in small or medium doses. Up
until the point of habituation, that person feels all of their fears to the
Disadvantages of Flooding therapy
Flooding has the advantage of being quicker
than some other forms of exposure therapy. Both OCD and anxiety disorders have
been treated with it. It can occasionally be beneficial for those who have
Flooding is at a disadvantage; patients
receiving flood therapy for PTSD may occasionally experience a relapse.
Patients may experience more severe depression. Flooding might not be as effective for PTSD
as it is for problems with general anxiety.
Flooding has been shown to be a more
effective treatment for some social phobias, such as those where the patient is
afraid of reptiles, but in other instances, systematic desensitization was more
effective in treating the same phobia. Systematic desensitization is believed to
be more effective than flooding because patients are more likely to stick with
the therapies but flooding may be too intense for some patients.
Using the flood therapy technique, a
person who suffers from anxiety or PTSD is exposed to the strongest possible level
of a stimulus while receiving assistance in overcoming their behavioral
reaction to it. Cognitive behavioral therapy uses a method called flooding. By dividing up large problems into smaller
ones, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) focuses on helping you deal with them
with a better attitude. The foundation of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the
idea that one’s thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and actions have been
interconnected and that having unfavorable thoughts and emotions can keep you
stuck in unfavorable patterns. If Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is suggested,
you will typically meet with a therapist once a week or every two weeks. The
average number of sessions required for treatment is six to twenty, with each
session lasting between forty-five and sixty minutes.
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