Exposure Therapy for Functional GI Disorders

  • Karen Lynn Cassiday


The application of exposure therapy interventions for anxiety disorders can be effective for patients with functional GI disorders. Exposure therapy directly addresses the patient’s fear of symptoms and avoidance of normal activities of daily living that the patient avoids due to symptoms. Practical case examples of exposure techniques, conversations with patients, and patient handouts are provided. These interventions can help treatment refractory patients make progress. Examples of how physicians accidentally interfere with recovery are provided with appropriate remedies that help both patient and physician avoid getting stalled in treatment.


Exposure therapy Depression Anxiety Functional gastrointestinal disorders Catastrophizing Cognitive behavioral therapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karen Lynn Cassiday
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  1. 1.The Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater ChicagoDeerfieldUSA

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