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ERIC Number: EJ796828
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1077-7229
Virtual Reality Exposure in the Treatment of Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia: A Case Study
Martin, Helena Villa; Botella, Cristina; Garcia-Palacios, Azucena; Osma, Jorge
Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, v14 n1 p58-69 Feb 2007
In this work we present a case example of the use of virtual reality exposure for the treatment of panic disorder with agoraphobia. The assessment protocol and procedure (including a baseline period) and the cognitive-behavioral treatment program are described. The clinical measures were categorized into target behaviors, panic and agoraphobia measures, global functioning, and general psychopathology measures. The patient's expectations and satisfaction with regard to the virtual treatment were also assessed. The results showed an important reduction in all clinical measures after treatment with virtual exposure and the patient reached the therapeutic goals established during the pretreatment assessment. The patient also reported a good acceptance of virtual exposure. The goals achieved in the virtual environment generalized to real agoraphobic situations and to other real situations not treated. Three-, 6-, and 12-month follow-up assessments were conducted and long-term therapeutic gains were maintained. (Contains 3 figures and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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