Treating Disgust in Anxiety Disorders

Elizabeth C. Mason*, Rick Richardson

*Corresponding author for this work

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There is now a significant body of work which indicates that excessive disgust responses play a crucial role in certain anxiety disorders. In addition, emerging evidence suggests that disgust may not be effectively reduced by exposure therapy. Because of this, there is a need to arm clinicians with additional therapeutic tools to target maladaptive disgust responses. This study reviews potential strategies that may be useful in reducing disgust in the context of anxiety disorders. This review is intended to provide a useful starting point to inform clinicians and suggest possible future research directions. Ultimately, by ameliorating dysfunctional and distressing emotions other than fear that are prominent in certain anxiety disorders, such as disgust, treatments for anxiety disorders may be improved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)180-194
Number of pages15
JournalClinical Psychology: Science and Practice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Anxiety
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Disgust
  • Exposure therapy
  • Extinction
  • Treatment


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