Behavior Theory Of Anxiety

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The feelings of fearful and uncertainty are two feelings that I struggle with day to day. I suffer from anxiety, and feel as if I can’t escape. Anxiety is a state of tension that warns us of impending danger. It can be realistic, neurotic, or moral. I have been living with anxiety for several years, and its effects on my life are usually more severe. These feelings cause me such distress that it interferes with my day to day life. I will have unusual panic, fear, and uneasiness throughout my day, over very minute situations. During these episodes I experience shortness of breath, nausea, and am unable to sit still. These feelings sometimes persist into the evenings, which cause me to lose sleep at night. I feel as if I can’t live a normal and …show more content…
Behavior Theory uses a precise scientific method, with emphasis on behavioral analysis and treatment evaluation. The helper uses cause and effect of the target behaviors, and tries to interfere with or rid of these undesirable bonds. New appropriate behaviors are then learned, through reinforcement. The behavior modifications used to promote new and healthy behaviors include imitative learning, cognitive learning, emotional learning, and operant conditioning. The goal of Behavior theory and its therapy is to change a person’s behavior by either increasing or decreasing specific behaviors, using treatment.
*Cognitive Behavioral Theory helps a client deal with rationality, their thinking process, and problem solving skills. The considerable assumption of this theory is that by changing the way a person thinks, one can change their belief system, which ultimately will change their behavior and emotions. There are three main aspects of this theory which include, Rational-emotive behavior therapy (REBT), reality therapy (RT), and cognitive-behavioral therapies (CBT). Albert Ellis believed that people need to change their way of thinking, to correct irrational
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Using Behavior theory I would begin identifying the unsuitable stimulus-response bonds. This helping me discover what is causing these specific behaviors and the effect they have on my client. In hopes of interfering with these bonds, I would set up stable conditions for teaching new strategies so more appropriate behaviors will be learned. I would then use the four general behavior modification techniques which include imitative learning, cognitive learning, emotional learning, and operant conditioning. Imitation learning is also known as modeling, which teaches new behaviors through actual or simulated performing of desired behaviors. I would role play with my client healthy and effective ways to cope with anxiety, such as breathing techniques, accepting the anxiety in the moment, and focusing on staying in the moment. Cognitive learning ties into imitative in that it also teaches new behavior through role playing, but also verbal instructions as well. This would allow me to give clear and specific actions to do and what the consequences or reinforcement of this behavior will be. Emotional learning such as implosive therapy is most benefiting for those suffering with anxiety in that it tries to extinguish associated anxiety. I would use exercises where my client and I would pair negative events with relaxation.

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