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(p. 73) Establishing Your Hierarchy of Agoraphobia Situations 

(p. 73) Establishing Your Hierarchy of Agoraphobia Situations
(p. 73) Establishing Your Hierarchy of Agoraphobia Situations

David H. Barlow

, and Michelle G. Craske

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date: 20 May 2022

This chapter evaluates the process of establishing a hierarchy of agoraphobia situations. Too much anxiety leads to too much avoidance, and avoidance prevents corrective learning. Thus, approaching rather than avoiding situations or experiences is critical to overcoming fear and anxiety. But first, it is necessary to identify the specific situations that one avoids and develop skills to help one to approach those situations. The list should include mildly anxiety-provoking as well as very anxiety-provoking situations. These will be the situations that one will face over and over again in this treatment program. It is also important to identify one’s own unhelpful ways of coping, and to develop lists of superstitious objects, safety signals, distractions, and safety behaviors.

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