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.
About the Author
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.