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cm72
If you haven't heard of the term "flooding" it means:
 Flooding is a psychotherapeutic method for overcoming phobias. This is a faster method of ridding fears when compared with systematic desensitization.

So for those of you that refed using this technique, how many meals/snacks a day did you introduce fear foods? 
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scaredmom
hi cm72, 
I have always felt that re-feeding D was flooding. She was scared of all food and to give any was overwhelming for her. And because we did it 6 times per day that I did think of it as flooding. I am not sure if that is what you mean by your question- please correct me if I am mistaken. At the beginning everything was a fear food for her, so for us it had to go fast and furious, otherwise she would not have gained.
Just found this:
https://anorexiafamily.com/exposure-therapy-desensitisation-food-anorexia/

XXX


When within yourself you find the road, the right road will open.  (Dejan Stojanovic)

Food+more food+time+love+good professional help+ATDT+no exercise+ state not just weight+/- the "right" medicine= healing---> recovery(--->life without ED)
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OneToughMomma
We refed d by avoiding her fear foods.  It's not, possibly, the best option, but the only one that would have worked with her.  She would run away and we would lose contact with her for weeks if her anxiety got to be too much.  As scaredmom says, 'normal' volumes of food were terrifying, so that was enough for us.

I guess here on ATDT you'd say we did 'laddering' rather than 'flooding'.


D in and out of EDNOS since age 8. dx RAN 2013. WR Aug '14. Graduated FBT June 2015 at 18 yrs old. [thumb]
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tina72
We did it laddering, too, but some parents here did "rip the band aid off" and introduced all fear food at once.
There is no right or wrong for one of those ways. We had problems to get normal amounts in and to have steady weight gain and I did not have the nerves for fear food every day to be honest.
It is try and error. Try what works better for your family. You cannot do anything wrong with it and you can change to laddering if flooding does not work and the other way round.

Tina72
Keep feeding. There is light at the end of the tunnel.
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scaredmom
Laddering=systematic desensitization
Ripping the bandaid off= flooding
We kind of did either at different times and for different circumstances.
XXX
When within yourself you find the road, the right road will open.  (Dejan Stojanovic)

Food+more food+time+love+good professional help+ATDT+no exercise+ state not just weight+/- the "right" medicine= healing---> recovery(--->life without ED)
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