ONLINE THERAPY FOR PANIC ATTACKS

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Struggling with Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Fear?

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During Online Therapy Sessions we will explore the underlying structure of your panic anxiety. All emotions have structure based around imagery. This internal imagery is what actually creates the intense emotional reaction of a panic attack. Through Mindfulness Therapy we are able to discover this internal emotional imagery and then change it through the application of conscious imagination. This way of working with anxiety is immensely effective and so much more direct and focused when compared to traditional analytical "talk therapy." In fact most of my clients are able to completely transform their anxiety and break the cycle of panic attacks after just 3-6 sessions.

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Hello there! My name is Peter Strong of the Boulder Center for Mindfulness Therapy. Now, many of the people who seek my assistance here either in the office or online through Skype sessions come to me suffering from panic attacks and panic anxiety. This is by far the most common form of emotional suffering that people encounter in their lives.

Now, in the last few years or so more and more people have been seeking Mindfulness Therapy for their Panic Attacks and General Anxiety over the internet using Skype, as I say, which works extremely well, and there are many studies that show it to be equally effective to in-person therapy. And in some ways, it is even better than in-person therapy, because the client feels more empowered and in charge of the process.

Any how, I just wanted to take a couple of minutes to describe to you a little bit about what Mindfulness Therapy is and some of the essential principles of how to work with your anxiety, and particularly with your panic attacks. Panic attack anxiety is very, very painful. It is one of the most painful forms of emotions that a person can experience. I know this from personal experience as well as from working with people. It is very distressing. Out natural reaction to distressing emotions like this is, of course, to run away from them, or to avoid them, or to indulge in a whole range of secondary reactivity - Thinking about the fear, worrying about how you are going to cope if the panic attack should occur, what people are going to think about you, and so on - And this starts to spin out of control and people suffering panic attacks can literally just close down entirely.

When we work with panic anxiety here in the office or online through Skype sessions, the first and most essential principle of Mindfulness Therapy is learning how to sit with that emotion, with that feeling. The term, "sitting" is a very nice term and it describes the process very well. It's like sitting with a friend or a child who is in pain, in which you are basically there, being very present with an open mind and an open heart. The attitude of friendliness is absolutely essential.

So, when you are encountering panic anxiety, what really helps is if you can take a few minutes and start to explore how to sit with that feeling as you experience it in your body and in your mind as if it was a child in pain, crying for your attention. And in many ways, that is the function of mental pain or suffering. It is there to attract our attention. It's saying, "Look over here!" and the skillful response to anxiety of all kinds is to do just that. It is to take the time to look at the anxiety and sit with it without becoming reactive, without getting caught up in the story, the emotional drama, in all the secondary thinking about the pain that you are experiencing.

It is just to create a space inside in which you are sitting with that pain and being fully present. When you do this, you are creating the right internal conditions that allow that anxiety to begin to change itself. One of the second principles of Mindfulness Therapy is that we understand that our mind is more than capable of solving the problem of emotional anxiety. Our psyche has the skills, the intelligence, and all that it needs to heal emotional suffering, in the same way that our body has the skills and bodily intelligence it needs to heal a physical wound - a cut or a graze. However, in order for the psyche, that is the Big Mind, the intuitive mind, not the thinking mind, but the deeper intuitive aspect of our mind. In order for it to begin to start healing anxiety it has to have freedom; freedom in which to change. This freedom, which allows an emotion to begin its own transformation and healing is exactly what we are providing through mindfulness.

Mindfulness, as I define it in my book, 'The Path of Mindfulness Meditation' is engaged-presence, is that quality of being really, really interested and present for your experience, without getting caught up in reactivity and thinking about the experience, which is not the same as being present. So freedom to change equals presence equals mindfulness. It's hard, it's a hard process, to literally learn how to face your emotions and your suffering in this way. It is hard, but it is possible. It is a process that is guaranteed to lead to beneficial change. So, I invite you to experiment with this by yourself. Learning bit by bit how to sit with your pain and create the right inner conditions that will allow that pain to undergo transformation and healing. If you would like more information or if you would like to talk to me about your panic anxiety, or other forms of anxiety, please send me an email.

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Now you can get effective Online Therapy to help you overcome your Panic Attacks. During these live Skype Sessions you can work directly with Dr. Peter Strong and learn specific methods for the treatment of Panic Disorders.

 This approach is quite unique and very different from old-style "talk" therapy. The focus of Mindfulness Therapy is on changing the underlying cause of your panic anxiety and it is really effective.

"You cannot cure panic attack anxiety by fighting it or avoiding it - that only makes things worse. To heal anxiety you must first learn to sit with it without becoming consumed by reactivity. It is only then that genuine healing can take place" - 'The Path of Mindfulness Meditation', by Dr. Peter Strong.

 

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Do You Suffer from Panic Attacks?

Panic Disorder affects between 3 and 6 million Americans, and is twice as common in women. We all experience panic at some time in our lives, but those suffering from panic disorder experience panic attacks on a daily basis, and this form of anxiety can severely reduce the quality of life, making even simple activities like grocery shopping unmanageable. In its most severe form this crippling form of anxiety can lead to agoraphobia, a very intense fear of going beyond the safety zone of one’s own home. In such severe cases, it is wise to seek help and this Online Counseling Service is one way to get the help you need.

One of the characteristics of panic anxiety is the intense fear of the panic attack itself. Sufferers are deathly afraid of the next panic attack and the sense of losing control, and the social embarrassment that will bring. Some times we feel afraid that the core anxiety is so powerful that it will literally suck us in permanently into a state of madness. Most panic anxiety sufferers recognize that the fear of fear is the biggest problem that they have to overcome and the main source of their emotional suffering.

The fear of losing control proliferates into endless worrying and catastrophic thinking, which intensifies and prolongs the original anxiety. This can lead to tertiary reactivity, which are all the feelings of depression and anger directed at oneself for not being able to cope and which lead to a loss of self-esteem and self-confidence.

Symptoms of a Panic Attack

  • Shortness of breath
  • Choking and gagging
  • Racing Heart
  • Dry mouth
  • Tunnel vision
  • Dizziness
  • Hot or cold flashes
  • Tightness in the stomach, chest or neck

If you answer "yes" to these questions then you, like thousands of others are probably suffering from a Panic Anxiety Disorder. But, you do not have to remain victim of your panic disorder because it is quite treatable using the well-respected methods of Mindfulness-based Online Therapy.

Panic attacks typically last 10-20 mins and can be triggered by a variety of external situations or by intrusive inner thoughts that arise to torment us.

Panic anxiety is a combination of psychological and bodily processes. Anxiety, like anger and all emotions involve the whole body and mind.

Often, these physical sensations become quite frightening in themselves and it is not uncommon for sufferers to develop a compulsion around these sensations leading to repeated visits to the doctor. An excessive preoccupation with physical changes in the body is called hypochondriasis or hypochondria, a common feature of people who suffer from repeated panic attacks.

Of course, it is essential to talk to your doctor to rule out any underlying medical conditions, but at some point you may begin to see that you are a victim of a compulsive fear with no underlying physical problem. This is where it is appropriate to seek psychological help. Some well-respected forms of psychotherapy for Panic Anxiety include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) or the more modern Mindfulness Therapy, which has gained a lot of interest in recent years as an effective therapy for anxiety, depression and stress. Mindfulness Therapy is an excellent choice for the treatment of panic attacks.

Mindfulness Therapy, now available online via Skype is a very good choice for changing the underlying cause of your anxiety. It is possible to stop panic anxiety, and a skilled therapist can teach you specific tools for controlling panic attacks. There is no magic cure for panic attacks, but there are certainly some very effective treatments for panic attacks available.

Introduction to Online Mindfulness Therapy for Panic Attacks

Mindfulness Therapy teaches you how to work in a constructive way with the underlying fear and anxiety. Trying to convince you that your panic reactions are "irrational" and trying to change them into "rational" reactions seldom works. A person suffering from panic anxiety already knows that his reactions are "irrational." When I work with people I prefer not to use such derogatory terms. What is much more constructive is to see the panic reaction as the rational product of an underlying process, and the key to successful therapy is understanding the structure of that process.

Change the underlying imagery and you can control panic attacks

Of course, panic attacks have a cognitive structure in the form of reactive habitual thoughts and beliefs, and the objective of good therapy is to help you change these thoughts and beliefs. But, to do this we need to understand that cognitive structure depends on emotional energy. This is what gives meaning and power to the thoughts, the fuel that propels the engine or reactive panic thinking. This is what we need to change, and resolving the underlying emotions is the central focus of Mindfulness Therapy. When the emotional structure changes, then the cognitive structure changes and the reactive panic thinking and beliefs simply lose their power and cease to produce an anxiety reaction.

How do we change the core emotional energy that fuels the panic attacks? We need to look at the structure of the emotion itself...

All emotions have an inner structure at the sensory level - not as thoughts but as imagery: color, shape, movement, spacial position and size. When we can see the structure of this inner representation, this inner imagery, then we have something we can change. The rule here is:

Change the imagery and you change the emotion; change the emotion and you change the reactive thinking that sustains the panic attacks

Mindfulness is a very sophisticated awareness tool that allows us to see into the structure of our panic attacks, anxiety, depression, anger or any other emotions and produce a change where it is most needed - at the core of the emotion itself. This is why Mindfulness Therapy is so effective.

Here is a testimonial by a client in which he describes his experiences with Online Mindfulness Therapy for his anxiety panic attacks:

"When I first found Peter's website I had been experiencing panic disorder... I couldn't go to work and even trips to the corner store were a big challenge. I thought I was going crazy, and that I might lose my job and my fiance. After one meeting with Peter over Skype I already felt like I had hope, and within a few days of putting what I learned into practice I was making big steps towards recovery. After a few more meetings with him, four weeks later, my panic attacks had completely stopped, and have not resurfaced even when presenting to senior executives (public speaking is what originally brought on my panic disorder). I highly recommend Peter to anyone experiencing panic attacks or severe anxiety." - Mike in Toronto.

How Long does Online Therapy for Panic Attacks take before I will see Positive Results?

The Online Mindfulness Therapy treatment for panic disorder that I developed in the 1980s is very focused on changing the underlying cause of your panic attacks and anxiety, that is, the reactive thinking and unresolved emotions. We don't spend an excessive amount of time talking about the panic anxiety, but rather we focus on the underlying process itself. This is why Mindfulness Therapy is so much faster than most traditional "talking therapies." Typically, people see big changes after 3-6 sessions. You will know after the first session if this approach is right for you.

What Happens during an Online Therapy Session?

Online Counseling Therapy sessions are usually 90mins in length. Longer than typical counseling sessions because we need to make time for teaching you the principles of how to apply mindfulness and have plenty of time for doing practical work. Each session builds on the previous session giving you a greater understanding of how to work in a more positive way with your panic attacks.

During the practical work, you will learn how to focus mindful awareness on the underlying panic anxiety itself - without becoming reactive. This is a fundamental skill that you will develop in the first two sessions. It is possible to look at the emotion without becoming overwhelmed by it and without getting lost in the worry thinking that only makes things worse. Instead of reacting, you learn to "sit" with the panic anxiety and this is the foundation for healing and for transformation. It is like trying to help a friend in need. You can't help him if you become equally upset. You need to be able to provide a safe and non-reactive space in which he can express himself. This is what allows him to heal, and it is exactly the same for our emotions. We need to learn to be present with our panic anxiety, without becoming reactive - then the healing begins.

Will Mindfulness Therapy teach me specific techniques to stop a panic attack?

A primary focus of Mindfulness Therapy for Panic Attacks is to stop the underlying reactive processes and resolve the core emotions that cause panic attacks. To compliment there are also specific mindfulness tools that we can learn to manage our panic anxiety during a panic attack. Mindful Breathing is one very effective method for controlling a panic attack as is a technique that I developed called the "Expansion Response".

The Mindfulness Breathing Response for Managing Panic Attacks

All emotions have a structure, that is they depend on certain automatic reactions in the body and mind. A typical physical reaction involves shallow breathing or panting. The point is that this type of breathing is required to maintain a panic attack - it is part of the structure of the panic anxiety reaction. The theory is, and this is confirmed in practice, that if you deliberately change the way you breath then you are changing the structure of the panic emotion, and this will inhibit the emotion and diminish its intensity. In the Mindful Breathing Response technique, you learn to pay very close attention to the full cycle of in and out breathing and experiment in changing each part of the cycle - making the in breath longer, softening the out breath, taking a deeper breath and holding it, etc. With careful attention you can discover specific changes that you can make to your breathing that controls the panic attack. You can literally tune-down the intensity of the attack through modulated breathing.

The Mindfulness Expansion Response for Managing Panic Attacks

A simple but effective mental technique for managing a panic attack in progress.

Panic attacks, like other anxiety reactions are experienced emotionally as an inner contraction, a closing in. In fact most people describe panic attacks as very claustrophobic. This sense of inner contraction is also very much part of the structure of a panic attack. Change this structure and you change the intensity of the panic attack. The Mindfulness Expansion Response teaches us how to prevent this inner contraction of consciousness. We literally "explode" the panic impulse the moment it arises and imagine creating a very large space around the impulse. This technique can be remarkably effective when perfected.

There are many more techniques and methods that can help you overcome your panic attacks that you will learn during sessions of Mindfulness Therapy.

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Panic attacks anxiety is made up of primary reactions and beliefs that form the core of the emotion and a whole superstructure of secondary reactions, which are all the cognitive and emotional reactions of avoidance, resistance and proliferation. The cause of the primary reactions can be due to chemical imbalance or a severe emotional trauma that produces changes in the brain that result in a very primitive “fight or flight” type reflex reaction. Whatever the cause of the primary reaction, the mind is left with the job of trying to process this intense emotional energy, which leads to layer upon layer of secondary reactivity. The mind begins to proliferate beliefs about what is safe and what is a threat, resulting in avoidance behaviors, which can become very complex and convoluted. This is what we work on changing during sessions of Online Therapy.

The fear of losing control proliferates into endless worrying and catastrophic thinking, which intensifies and prolongs the original anxiety. This can lead to tertiary reactivity, which are all the feelings of depression and anger directed at oneself for not being able to cope and which lead to a loss of self-esteem and self-confidence.

Besides causing so much suffering, all these forms of secondary and tertiary reactivity have another harmful effect in that they prevent the core primary reactions from healing. The fear of the fear is like throwing salt onto an open wound, stopping it from healing, or throwing wood onto a bonfire, keeping the flames alight. The action of reactivity actually causes the primary fear to become rigid. In Buddhist Mindfulness Psychology, we say that the core anxiety loses its emotional plasticity. It becomes hard like ice, unable to change, unable to resolve itself, unable to heal. The main reason for this inhibitory effect is that worrying about our panic attacks has the effect of distracting our conscious awareness away from the core emotions and we become dissociated from them.

One of the most fundamental insights of mindfulness psychology is that conscious awareness is essential for any emotion to heal itself. Without that direct conscious awareness, suffering can never heal and will remain frozen in place, and will remain there indefinitely until we are able to bring consciousness back to the emotion. The common saying amongst mindfulness-based therapists is, “reactivity inhibits healing; mindfulness promotes healing,” and this is certainly the case for panic anxiety. It may seem strange, but the best way to cure panic attack anxiety is to learn how to hold the emotion in our mindful awareness and to learn to be present with the emotion without becoming reactive or lost in the anxiety.

 

Changing Habitual Reactive Thinking

So how can we change the patterns of reactive thinking that keeps the whole process locked in place? Mindfulness Therapy offers a number of practical insights and solutions, but one of the most effective approaches is to change the way we respond to our fears and anxieties. When we are in the grip of anxiety, we don’t respond to our negative emotions at all; we react to them with some form of resistance, aversion or avoidance. This, of course, simply makes things a lot worse for the reasons described above. The art of responding, instead of reacting, is learning how to recognize the emotion as it arises and then respond to it purposefully, on our terms, rather than becoming a hapless victim, which is what happens when we become reactive. When I work with panic sufferers, I encourage them to actively greet the emotion as it arises, with:

“Welcome. I see you. Please take your place, and I will take mine, and we will sit together for a while.”

This may seem strange, since we don’t normally feel welcoming towards our anxiety and fear and all those negative feelings and thoughts, but the effect can be very dramatic when we really get into the feeling of welcoming the emotions instead of resisting them, ignoring them or running away. For starters, you will begin to regain your power and position when you actually welcome the emotion. You become the host instead of the frightened victim. With practice, aided with some inner visualization and guided imagery, most people find that they can really develop this art of “being the host” and are amazed at the transformation that results. The intensity of the fear begins to loosen as they develop and cultivate this inner relationship with their emotions. In Mindfulness Therapy, we talk about establishing the “fertile ground” of the mindful-relationship with emotions. This inner space of non-reactive conscious awareness allows the emotions to regain their plasticity. They start to melt, just as ice melts in the warmth of sunlight. Mindfulness is like the warm healing rays of the sun, and it melts the frozen emotions that have been abandoned through reactivity into the deep recesses of the mind.

Eventually, we get down to the primary reaction itself and can learn to sit with the primary fear that powers the whole process. With sustained mindfulness, this dark and frightening ice monster cannot resist the healing power of mindfulness, and over time it also become plastic and begins to resume its natural process of healing and resolution. We know from experience how reactivity inhibits this process of natural inner healing and we see for ourselves how mindfulness is the opposite of reactivity. It is only logical that mindfulness promotes healing. Therefore, cultivate mindfulness and watch the changes unfold.

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If you would like help in learning how to control your anxiety and panic attacks, you might consider Online Therapy. This approach has proven highly effective for many people over the years, and it is available online via live face-to-face Skype video sessions with Dr. Peter Strong.

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A panic attack is a learned, conditioned anxiety reaction that is triggered in certain situations. The triggers can be external, such as the fear that may arise when you find yourself in a crowd or when you have to make a presentation to a group of people. Performance anxiety is one of the most common forms of panic disorder as is excessive shyness.There are also internal triggers in the form of negative beliefs, traumatic memories, and habitual reactive thought patterns that generate back-ground anxiety even when there are no triggers present. Anticipatory anxiety is a major problem if not dealt with and can increase the likelihood of panic attacks occurring.

A major part of Mindfulness Therapy involves learning how to change these patterns of habitual reactive thinking - how to neutralize the inner self-talk before it escalates your anxiety levels. Mindfulness-based treatment for panic disorder teaches you how to overcome your emotional reactivity so you are less likely to become overwhelmed by anxiety when it arises.

 

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Learning how to control reactive thinking is an extremely important first step to dealing with your panic attacks and anxiety. However, this is not enough by itself. We must also focus on changing the underlying anxiety emotions themselves. These drive the whole reactive process; they are the fuel for the panic attacks. In the second phase of Mindfulness Therapy, we learn how to work with these core emotions using mindfulness. We learn how to create a stable and friendly relationship with our anxiety and explore its structure. As we learn more about the internal structure of the panic anxiety, we can begin to experiment with making subtle changes to this structure in a way that brings about healing.

Mindfulness Therapy is one of the most direct and most elegant ways of working with our emotions in a way that brings about transformation. Often, people experience dramatic changes after only a few sessions - quite different from traditional "talking therapies."

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One of the mindfulness-based techniques that I teach for managing panic attacks and stress is called the Expansion Response. This is based on the principle that all panic attacks and fear reactions are based around a psychological inner contraction; and this is why it literally feels like the walls are closing in during a panic attack.
This inner feeling sense of contraction is actually vital for the panic attack to develop fully. If we deliberately counteract this inner contraction we can profoundly inhibit the panic emotion from developing; we neutralize it.
To develop the Expansion Response, simply replay a recent scene which produced anxiety and watch carefully for the moment when the panic impulse arises and notice the tendency to contract inside.

Immediately respond to this impulse by imagining expanding the inner psychological space around the anxiety impulse so that you can see it as a much small object inside a very large space. Use the power of your creative visualization to do this.

Repeat and refine the Expansion Response until the panic reaction begins to lose its intensity and starts to resolve. You are literally retraining your mind to respond by expanding rather than contracting. With practice this becomes a new and automatic response pattern.

Now you are ready to try this out in real life. Just remember to watch for the arising of the panic reaction and respond immediately with the Expansion Response.

Make friends with your fear

Another extremely important technique that will help you manage and eventually overcome your panic attacks involves changing the quality of your relationship with your fear and anxiety: you need to make friends with your emotions. If you fight them or avoid them then you simply feed the problem and the anxiety will get larger. However, when you actively cultivate friendliness, kindness and compassion towards your emotions then YOU get bigger and your negative emotions will shrink. We see this in the internal psychological imagery which becomes very much smaller in size and less overwhelming when the subject creates an attitude of friendliness to his or her emotions. This change in internal imagery is the mechanism through which emotions change and when you generate internal friendliness and compassion the imagery of the anxiety changes both in size and intensity as the imagery of your True Self becomes greatly expanded. Friendliness triggers the Expansion Response we talked about above.

If you would like more help with this technique and other mindfulness techniques for managing your panic attacks and anxiety reactions, please schedule a Skype Therapy session with me.

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Cognitive-behavioral therapy can be very effective for panic disorder as well as other forms of anxiety. The focus is on changing dysfunctional habitual patterns of thinking and avoidance behaviors that tend to reinforce the anxiety and panic attacks. In my experience, the efficacy of CBT is greatly enhanced by the addition of mindfulness - an awareness skill that helps you develop more independence from reactive thoughts as well as helping you transform the underlying emotional formations that feed the reactive thinking and behaviors.

 

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The American Psychiatric Association recommends a form of psychotherapy called cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for the treatment of panic disorder. CBT combines the fundamental concepts of behavioral therapy and cognitive therapy. To get a better understanding of CBT, let’s look at the basic concepts of these two approaches.

Behavioral Therapy

A behavioral therapy approach focuses on how your behaviors are contributing to and maintaining your symptoms and difficulties. It is believed that maladaptive behaviors are learned through a conditioning process and that bad, or unwanted, behaviors may be unlearned. For example, let’s say you have a fear of heights. Behaviorally, you may avoid tall buildings, escalators, or any place or circumstance that brings you higher than your tolerable comfort level. But this avoidance behavior doesn’t help your situation; it does, unfortunately, serve to reinforce your fear of heights.

Behavior Modification

To unlearn this behavior, a therapist may employ a behavioral modification technique. Behavioral modification techniques used in the treatment of anxiety disorders may include teaching the client more appropriate responses to situations, teaching self-monitoring skills, teaching relaxation techniques and exposure techniques to extinguish the fears associated with certain situations.

Systematic Desensitization: An Example of a Behavior Modification Technique

To illustrate how the behavior modification technique call systematic desensitization would be used, let’s say you have a fear of heights. Your goal is to go to the 100th floor observation deck of a building. First, you would be taught some relaxation techniques to help you control the anxiety you experience when faced with your fear of heights. After you have accomplished these techniques, you will be given gradual exposure to your feared situations. The goal is to use the relaxation techniques learned to counteract your previous fear response.

You first step in this systematic desensitization scenario is to approach the building. You don’t need to go in, just walk up to the outside door. Should you experience anxiety, you will call on the relaxation techniques you’ve been taught. You will continue to expose yourself to this situation until you are able to successfully counteract your anxiety response will your relaxation response.

Next, it may be time to enter the building. Again, you desensitize your fear response by exposing yourself to the fear and using the relaxation techniques you learned previously. Now, you're ready to go up to the elevator, then board the elevator and ride up one floor, and on it goes until you have achieved your goal of reaching the observation deck with minimal distress.

Cognitive Therapy

The term cognitive refers to our thought process and reflects what we think, believe and perceive. There is no doubt that what you are thinking affects how you are feeling. If you’re thinking about a tragic news event, it’s unlikely that you will feel joyous and want to laugh out loud. If your thoughts revolve around worry about what may or may not happen, it would probably be hard to feel relaxed and content.

A cognitive therapy approach focuses on how your thoughts perceive and give meaning to your world. Distorted and unrealistic thoughts result in misinterpretations that are believed to contribute to and maintain your symptoms.

Let’s say you are in a movie theater and have a panic attack. You sense you are in immediate danger or experiencing a life-threatening event, and you abruptly leave the movie theater. Once outside, you calm down a little. By the time you reach the safety of your home, you feel a sense of relief.

A week later, your friend calls to invite you to an afternoon showing of a movie you really want to see. You automatically think, “No, I can’t do it; if I go to the movie theater, I’ll have another panic attack and perhaps this time I’ll die or go crazy.” You graciously decline the offer by making up a reasonable excuse.

So, how is this way of thinking contributing to your difficulties? First, you have erroneously attributed the movie theater as the cause of your panic attack. You are making the assumption that, “If I stay out of the theater, I won’t have another panic attack.” Second, you have the mistaken belief that your panic attack was a tragic life-threatening event to be avoided at all costs. In reality, this line of thinking has not helped your situation. Unfortunately, it is laying the ground work for reinforcement of an illogical fear.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive-behavioral therapy reflects the importance of both behavioral and thought processes in understanding and controlling anxiety and panic attacks. The focus of treatment is on inadequate, obstructive, and damaging behaviors and irrational thought processes that contribute to the continuation of symptoms. For example, uncontrolled worrying (thoughts) about what may or may not happen if you have a panic attack may lead to avoiding (behavior) certain situations.

CBT has been scientifically studied for the treatment of panic disorder. Research has suggested that this form of treatment is effective in alleviating many of the symptoms of panic and restoring one’s ability to resume usual activities.

Source:

Kaplan MD, Harold I. and Sadock MD, Benjamin J. "Synopsis of Psychiatry, Eighth Edition" 1998 Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins.

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Peter Strong, PhD is a Professional Psychotherapist, Online Therapist, Spiritual Teacher and Author, based in Boulder, Colorado. Peter developed a system of psychotherapy called Mindfulness Therapy for healing the root cause of Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Depression, Traumatic Stress and Emotional Suffering.

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Peter Strong, PhD is a Professional Psychotherapist, Online Therapist, Spiritual Teacher and Author, based in Boulder, Colorado. Peter developed a system of psychotherapy called Mindfulness Therapy for healing the root cause of Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Depression, Traumatic Stress and Emotional Suffering.

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