Cognitive behavioral therapy is
actually an excellent treatment
in helping people get
over their panic.
So what is CBT or cognitive
Well, it’s the cognitive and behavioral
theories generally conceptualized
panic disorder as an acquired
fear of bodily sensations
and particularly sensations that are
associated with autonomic arousal
in individuals with
certain psychological and
for the disorder.
So CBT really helps to
rework a patient’s thinking
and their behavioral response
to their thought pattern.
In combination, CBT and
are very advantageous
over using one alone.
So symptoms that CBT can directly
address include panic attacks,
anxiety about panic attacks
and avoidance situations.
Key treatment and extremely useful
and beneficial to the patient.
And some would argue that CBT is just
as important as pharmacotherapy.
And while drugs may
treat the symptoms,
CBT helps to get to the root cause
of the psychological disturbance.
Of note, CBT works best in people
who are highly, highly motivated
and who value a
Some techniques are providing the
patient education about CBT,
helping them with muscle relaxation,
self-monitoring through journaling
or homework assignments
and cognitive restructuring, which
involves really challenging their fears.
Also, breathing retraining
is very helpful
and so is exposure therapy to their
fear stimuli that creates the panic
Relapse prevention is very important
and an essential part of CBT.
So CBT actually encourages patients
to view any recurrence of panic
as a lapse rather than a failure
and to just reapply their coping skills
to help them get through the next trigger.
That summarizes the panic disorder
and now you know a little bit
about the difference between
a panic attack and panic disorder including
the criteria for panic disorder.
And you should have a good understanding
of various ways to treat it,
noting that both medication
and CBT therapy together
can be extremely
effective and useful.