CBT for Panic Attacks: Simple explanations about the causes of anxiety, panic attacks and panic disorder with advice on how to stop panic symptoms using CBT

CBT for Panic Attacks: Simple explanations about the causes of anxiety, panic attacks and panic disorder with advice on how to stop panic symptoms using CBT

by James P Manning, Nicola L Ridgeway

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An important question we asked ourselves before writing this book was – Do CBT books for panic that are already available accurately represent what CBT has to offer right now? The answer we arrived at was quite simply NO. Current clinical practice of CBT has developed so rapidly that it has now left behind many of the traditional approaches covered in mainstream CBT books. In addition to this, the emergence of e-books and a proliferation of e-book readers has meant that as much as two years can be knocked off the waiting time between authors writing their material and publishers making this material available to the public. Effectively, this means that we can now bring you the latest information about CBT for panic attacks within weeks or months of it becoming available to us. This book is a part of a series - “CBT- What it is and how it works”- The series has been designed to be constantly updated, and to demystify very common human experiences using the latest evidence-based information. We have taken many of the most popular contemporary approaches that we use in our clinical practice and transferred them to these pages to offer you an opportunity to benefit from ideas that work simply and quickly.

If panic attacks symptoms are part of your life then you, like I did, will truly know what it is like to feel haunted wondering when your next panic attack is going to happen. I found that my fear of having further panic attacks tortured me and this fear didn’t go away by itself. Fortunately as time progressed, I discovered that I was able to reduce my symptoms by understanding panic. Because of this I am inviting you to read this book to learn more about the factors involved with panic attacks. I am suggesting you do this because if you are able to understand what’s happening to you, or if you can observe that you are having a panic attack rather than what you think is a life threatening event your distress will reduce significantly. Within this book I will help you understand how panic attacks work, and offer you a number of coping strategies designed to reduce their impact or to eliminate them altogether.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780955942969
Publisher: West Suffolk CBT Service Ltd
Publication date: 11/27/2015
Series: CBT - What it is and how it works
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 178
Sales rank: 1,053,068
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Dr James Manning is the Managing Director of the West Suffolk CBT Service. James has post-graduate qualifications in both Clinical Psychology and Counselling Psychology. He regularly offers workshops and training to clinicians throughout the United Kingdom on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and continues to work as a practicing therapist.
Dr Nicola Ridgeway is a Clinical Psychologist and an accredited cognitive and behavioural therapist. She lectures on cognitive behaviour therapy at the University of East Anglia, Suffolk, England, and is Clinical Director of the West Suffolk CBT Service Ltd. Together with Dr James Manning she has co-authored several books on CBT.

Table of Contents

Contents Preface, 1 - What is a Panic attack; What happens during a panic attack; Looking for meaning; How do you cope with panic? 2- What makes a panic attack happen in the first place; Stress and panic attacks; A hypothesis for panic based on clinical experience; What factors may be involved with increasing stress and anxiety levels; 3 -The threat perception centre; When the threat perception centre is helpful; When the threat perception centre is not helpful; 4-How are panic attacks maintained; The maintenance trio; 5-Worry, catastrophic misinterpretations and panic; Don't beat yourself up for searching for meaning - It's natural; Why our search for meaning makes us feel more anxious; Thoughts and reactions to thoughts that increase the likelihood of catastrophic misinterpretations; 6-Increased Threat Monitoring and Panic; 7 Behavioural Avoidance and Safety Behaviours; Conditioned responses to panic; What kinds of safety behaviours are we naturally inclined to utilise; 8-Connecting the Dots; 9-Challenging catastrophic misinterpretations; Am I having a heart attack?; Am I having a stroke or am I going to faint?; Am I going mad?; Am I losing control?; Am I going to throw up?; Am I going to lose control of my bowels or wet myself?; I can't breath - I'm going to suffocate; 10-Some key terms Behavioural strategies; Cognitive strategies or interventions; Cognitive behaviour therapy; 11-Creating your own hypotheses; Fear of change; An example of scientific process and order; 12-Measure your progress, The benefits of self-observation; Use a relapse prevention process from the very beginning; 13-Short-term behavioural approaches; Temporarily reduce your stress levels; Other short-term behavioural Strategies; 14-Processing emotions; A counter-intuitive solution to panic attacks and anxiety; 15-How to respond to distressing or catastrophic thoughts that occur during panic; Why it's important to decouple from worrying about the consequences of a panic attack; The conscious mind; The out of conscious mind; Communication between the conscious and out of conscious mind; Intrusive thoughts; How are intrusive thoughts generated?; A case example; 17-An introduction to reprogramming the threat perception centre; 18-An easy way to reprogram the threat perception centre; Starting to take charge of your life; Paul's list ; Paul's experience; 19-What Do You Make of That? 20-How to Prevent Relapse; 21 Conclusion; INDEX; Glossary of terms; References; Medications for Anxiety; Work Sheets; Bonus Book Chapter;

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