Suicide and Systematic Desensitization: A Case Study
Elliott T N~~Smith R D~~Wildman R W
Applied a multiple-treatment program of pairing of target stimuli with specific muscular states & traditional systematic desensitization of reported disturbing thoughts to a 14-yr-old girl who had attempted suicide repeatedly by cutting her wrists. The program is discussed in detail. The procedure successfully reduced the frequency of suicidal behavior from a mean of 3 per month to .17 per month & no evidence of symptom substitution was found.