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Br J Psychiatry. 1994 Sep;165(3):388-91.

Postal self-exposure treatment of recurrent nightmares.

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Bethlem Royal Hospital, London.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Case reports suggest that recurrent nightmares are alleviated by behavioural treatment. We have administered such treatment to a client by post.

METHOD:

The frequency of nightmares was recorded by the client before and during treatment, and at one and six months follow-up. Nightmare problem and target scales, and treatment expectation were recorded at the end of each period. Treatment was by rehearsal relief, self-administered using written instructions.

RESULTS:

A reduction in nightmare frequency from 5.5 per week in the baseline period to an average of one per week resulted after treatment.

CONCLUSIONS:

The client's chronic nightmares were lastingly relieved after self-administered exposure treatment. A controlled trial is underway.

PMID:
7994513
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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