Results of Anxiety Control Training in the Treatment of Compulsive Disorders

  • R. P. Snaith


The development of behavior therapy has gradually evolved from strict behavioral tenets to a cognitive psychotherapy in which emphasis is placed upon increased self-control and confidence in situations which previously provoked anxiety or other emotional malaise. A particular development of this type of cognitive-behavioral therapy, incorporating hypnotic and autohypnotic techniques, Anxiety Control Training (ACT), has been described by Snaith (1981a). There is an increasing therapeutic expertise in the treatment of anxiety based disorders but the treatment of impulse control disorders has been less thoroughly explored and psychotherapists have, in general, less expertise in the treatment of such disorders. An account was published (Snaith and Collins, 1981) of the treatment of one form of impulse-control disorder, namely, exhibitionism, by an adaptation of Anxiety Control Training. Results were sufficiently encouraging to explore the use of the technique in other disorders of impulse control, and particularly compulsive eating of the morbid degree known as bulimia.

The immediate results and follow-up of the therapeutic intervention are described.


Anorexia Nervosa Bulimia Nervosa Response Prevention Impulse Control Disorder Dead Person 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. P. Snaith
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of LeedsLeedsEngland

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