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Breathing To Calm The Body Sensations Of Panic (Psychology Tools For Overcoming Panic)

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Psychology Tools for Overcoming Panic takes a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) approach to this common anxiety problem. This chapter discusses the role of breathing in panic attacks.

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Psychology Tools for Overcoming Panic takes a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) approach to this common anxiety problem. This chapter discusses the role of breathing in panic attacks, describing normal breathing, exercise breathing, and panic breathing. It introduces relaxed breathing as an ‘antidote’ to the hyperventilation associated with panic.

Instructions

This is a Psychology Tools workbook chapter. Suggested uses include:

  • Client handout – use as a psychoeducation and skills-development resource
  • Discussion point – use to provoke a discussion and explore client beliefs
  • Therapist learning tool – improve your familiarity with a psychological construct
  • Teaching resource – use as a learning tool during training

References

  • Barlow, D. H. (2004). Anxiety and its disorders: The nature and treatment of anxiety and panic. Guilford press.
  • Clark, D. M. (1986). A cognitive approach to panic. Behaviour research and therapy, 24(4), 461-470.
  • Clark, D. M. (1994). Cognitive therapy for panic disorder. American Psychiatric Association.