Psychologists Give Some Guidance To Adolescents – Part 3 of 3
In an editorial that accompanied the study, Sean Perrin, of the department of psychology at Lund University in Sweden, said prolonged exposure remedial programme has already been shown to be effective among both girls and boys as young as 3 when used as part of an overall treatment program for anxiety. “What is unique about Foa’s study is that the treatment does not include any other ingredients but prolonged exposure. When divulging is used with traumatized and anxious children it is often given alongside, or after, a lot of interventions aimed at building confidence with confronting fears.
Foa’s study shows that is not necessary with sexually abused teens. They attainment confidence by confronting their fears in a slow, willful and deliberate way”. Still such therapy needs to happen in a professional setting led by experienced therapists. “A loved one pushing and cajoling another brood member to face their fears can actually be unhelpful. “The bottom line is that if you or your child is suffering from anxiety or PTSD, a therapist gradually leading you through exposure, wherein you slowly and docilely confront your fears, can lead to dramatic improvements in functioning without the need for medication”.