I-95 phobia treated with hypnotic systematic desensitization: a case report.

Systematic desensitization and hypnosis mediated therapy share empirical evidence of efficacy in the treatment of specific phobias. However, a review of the literature indicated there is limited documentation in the employment of these modalities for treating driving related phobias (DRP). This article reports on the use of hypnosis aided systematic desensitization (HASD) in the successful treatment of a case of non-accident related driving phobia, specifically manifested on Interstate 95 (I-95). The treatment consisted of 6 office sessions of HASD along with 14 in-vivo sessions where the patient performed multiple exposures/rehearsals of the behaviors that had been successfully mastered at the office visits. The results indicated that this patient with case of (DRP) was able to resume travel on I-95 at conclusion of treatment. The patient was symptom free at follow up 6 months later.
AuthorsAlex Iglesias, Alex Iglesias, Adam Iglesias
JournalThe American journal of clinical hypnosis (Am J Clin Hypn) Vol. 56 Issue 2 Pg. 143-51 (Oct 2013) ISSN: 0002-9157 [Print] United States
PMID24665816 (Publication Type: Case Reports, Journal Article)
  • Automobile Driving (psychology)
  • Desensitization, Psychologic (methods)
  • Humans
  • Hypnosis (methods)
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Phobic Disorders (therapy)
  • Treatment Outcome

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