Exposure therapy in eating disorders revisited

Antonia Koskina*, Iain C. Campbell, Ulrike Schmidt

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Exposure therapy is a widely used and effective form of treatment in anxiety disorders and addictions but evidence for its usefulness in eating disorders (ED) is inconsistent. This paper systematically reviews the literature on the use of exposure therapy in ED, the theory underpinning its use, and the deficits in current knowledge. Databases were searched to 2012. In addition, potential improvements in the use of exposure techniques in ED are considered by drawing upon theory and research involving neuropharmacology, basic and clinical neuroscience, contemporary behavioural and neurobiological research, and technologies such as virtual reality (VR). (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-208
Number of pages16
JournalNeuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
Volume37
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013

Keywords

  • POSTTRAUMATIC-STRESS-DISORDER
  • PLUS RESPONSE-PREVENTION
  • Learning
  • Eating disorders
  • COGNITIVE-BEHAVIORAL THERAPY
  • OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER
  • D-CYCLOSERINE
  • Virtual reality
  • Exposure
  • TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION
  • ACTIVITY-BASED ANOREXIA
  • RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED-TRIAL
  • BULIMIA-NERVOSA
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • BODY-IMAGE DISTURBANCES
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Acknowledged-BRC
  • Acknowledged-BRC-13/14

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