Case report: Behavioral treatment of clinical abulia

  • Ted L. Rosenthal
  • Victor Meyer


Overemphasis of only conditioning factors in behavior modification may narrow treatment applicability. A case of severe dysphoria and restriction in living, which had resisted conventional psychoand chemo-therapies, is presented. Successful treatment was accomplished by broad-spectrum methods combining social-influence, cognitive restructuring, and specific goal-setting with counter-conditioning procedures. A strategy for intervention in self-perpetuating vicious cycles is exemplified, and non-learning aspects of behavior modification techniques are discussed.


Behavioral Treatment Nocturnal Enuresis Phobic Disorder Romantic Attachment Middlesex Hospital 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ted L. Rosenthal
    • 1
    • 2
  • Victor Meyer
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.The Institute of PsychiatryUniversity of LondonUK
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of ArizonaTucson
  3. 3.Academic Department of PsychiatryMiddlesex HospitalLondonEngland

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