Behavioral Analysis Microanalysis

In order to obtain more information about Dianne's drinking pattern, we asked her to keep a diary. Every time she felt the urge to drink she had to write down where she was (situation), what her feelings were (emotions), what she was thinking or seeing (cognitions or images) and any physical sensations she might be experiencing. She was also asked to rate (1-10) the amount of craving she had experienced, which appeared to be highly related to fluctuations in her depressed mood. The diary was used to identify high-risk situations and to detect seemingly irrelevant decisions that sometimes cumulated into high-risk situations (for example, not getting out of bed in the morning or skipping a planned trip to the supermarket).

Using the daily recordings mentioned above, we introduced the behavioural analysis as a framework of hypotheses with respect to antecedents and consequences of (drinking) behaviour. It was important, during this first phase, to show Dianne and Mick the loop in which Dianne had caught herself; the consequences of her drinking (such as feeling bad about oneself) also being a reason for her to start drinking. During this phase, we also addressed Mick's part in his wife's drinking behaviour. We wanted to decrease those of Mick's behaviours that triggered or rewarded drinking and to increase behaviours that triggered or rewarded non-drinking. For example, it was explained to the couple, that, although acting out of concern, Mick's tendency to come home when Dianne complained about feeling lonely increased the frequency of phone calls and her dependency upon him.

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