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Dr. Michael J. Telch

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Principal Investigator of the Tex...

Local Address: Austin, Texas, United States
University of Texas at Austin
7703 Floyd Curl Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78229
United States

Company Description: The University of Texas at Austin, the largest component of The University of Texas System, is a major research university and home to more than 48,000 students,...   more

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  • Ph.D.
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Co-authored by Dr. Michael J. ..., 18 Sept 2011 [cached]
Co-authored by Dr. Michael J. Telch, principal investigator of the University of Texas at Austin's Texas Combat PTSD Risk Project, the study found that soldiers who avoided fearful facial imagery in visual stimulus screenings before deployment were more likely to report symptoms of combat-related PTSD following.
Telch's research focused on isolating possible factors that predispose soldiers to PTSD.
Fort Hood plays a strong role in PTSD research and that's a good thing, Telch said.
Michael J. Telch, ..., 15 May 2012 [cached]
Michael J. Telch, psychologist and founder of the Laboratory for the Study of Anxiety Disorders at UT-Austin, said half of all phobias are the result of a traumatic childhood experience.
Telch said phobias can also be "contracted" through "vicarious experience," a learned response from exposure to others' reactions.
Telch said he is not surprised that trypophobia has received little attention but noted that that should not stop sufferers from seeking help.
"There are millions of other phobias that are not considered phobias, but they definitely exist," he said.
Telch, whose phobia therapy sessions have been documented by National Geographic, said most phobias can be treated using exposure therapy.
For the past twenty years, 57-year-old ..., 1 April 2010 [cached]
For the past twenty years, 57-year-old clinical psychologist Michael Telch has seen around ten patients every week, some of them so afflicted by anxiety that they've had trouble simply getting to his office. One woman, who'd often spend eighteen hours a day chanting to herself in the shower, had to be physically retrieved for her first session. Another had been scared to leave her bedroom for fifteen years. But while some clinicians might be frustrated by such challenges, Telch doesn't express the faintest irritation. These are his people.
Telch is the founder and director of the Laboratory for the Study of Anxiety Disorders at the University of Texas at Austin, also known as the Telch Lab. He bears a slight resemblance to Mel Gibson, if Gibson's face were frozen in an expression of extreme concern. He speaks calmly, a trait one might expect in an anxiety therapist, and moves his hands slowly while he talks, stirring tea if he's at his office or, if he's at home, petting one of his springer spaniels, who like to curl up in his lap and snore like a buzz saw.
Much of Telch's research involves exposure therapy, a potent anxiety-reducing technique that has become prevalent over the past few decades. When I visited his office in January, he explained how it worked. Say a person is afraid of frogs. "In the old days, a psychoanalyst might have assumed the phobia was symbolic of a deeper disturbance," he said.
Telch has treated a bewildering variety of ailments-arachnophobia, cynophobia (fear of dogs), obsessive-compulsive disorder, even the fear of fear itself. But until five years ago he hadn't spent much time researching one devastating condition: post-traumatic stress disorder, the long-term debility caused by exposure to a traumatic event.
Telch recognized the unique opportunity he was being offered. "For PTSD, too much focus has been on the treatment rather than its causes," he said. Sufferers can see a psychologist or take drugs such as Zoloft and Paxil, which have been shown to help. But not all the soldiers who need assistance will get it. According to a 2008 RAND Corporation study, only slightly more than half of the soldiers returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan with symptoms of PTSD and depression sought treatment, and only half of those received treatment that was considered "minimally adequate."
Telch wasn't the first researcher to try to determine what predisposes people to PTSD. But the vast majority of risk assessments had taken place after the patients had been diagnosed, and those reports relied on questionnaires that focused on broad demographics-rank, race, gender. These biographical details offered helpful clues but little more. Telch suggested a far more comprehensive attack that would include genetic and cognitive elements, pre- and post-deployment tests, and online stress surveys completed by the participants while they were in Iraq.
According to Dr Michael ..., 27 Sept 2012 [cached]
According to Dr Michael Telch of the Laboratory for the Study of Anxiety [...]
Psychiatric Referrals For Clutterers, 24 Mar 2006 [cached]
Michael J. Telch, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Director, Laboratory for the Study of Anxiety Disorders, Mezes 330, Mail Stop B3800, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712, PH: (512) 471-3393 Secretary. I have personally talked to Dr. Telch and have known patients of his who highly recommend him. He has worked with hoarders as well as those suffering with a wide variety of psychiatric disorders.
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