ANXIETY HIERARCHY

a series of graduated (least to most) anxiety- arousing stimuli or situations, centering on a specific source of anxiety for an individual - for example, social situations. It is used in the treatment of phobias and obsessive-compulsive disorders by way of systematic desensitization: Patients are exposed to the earlier items first in the hierarchy, and then progress toward the most threatening situation,

ANXIETY HIERARCHY: "An anxiety hierarchy is constructed for a given individual for a given anxiety disorder with the intention of exposing him or her to the earlier items first, then the later items."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "ANXIETY HIERARCHY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/anxiety-hierarchy/ (accessed December 1, 2019).
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