What you will learn

  • 1

    What is a Phobia?

    • Introduction

    • Symptoms of specific phobias

    • The clinical presentation of specific phobias

    • How common are specific phobias?

    • Measuring your symptoms

    • The SPQ-10 (pdf version)

    • Specific Phobia Severity Rating Scale (pdf version)

  • 2

    The How and Why of Phobias

    • Introduction

    • Rate causes of phobias

    • Conditioned learning

    • Fear of physical sensations

    • Disgust versus fear

    • Cognition and attentional bias

    • Seeing what you believe

    • Neural networks underlying phobic fear

  • 3

    Effective Treatment for Phobias

    • Introduction

    • Rate treatments for Phobias

    • Psychotherapy: In vivo and virtual reality exposure therapies

    • Applied tension: How to keep from fainting

    • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprogramming (EMDR)

    • Cognitive therapy

    • Relaxation strategies

    • Diet and lifestyle change: Stimulants

    • Diet and lifestyle change: Other addictive substances

    • Medication: Benzodiazepines and antidepressants

  • 4

    Summary

    • Course Review

    • References