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Cognitive Behavioral Model Of Panic (1986)

The Cognitive Behavioral Model Of Panic identifies catastrophic misinterpretation of body sensations as a criticial maintenance factor which serves to exacerbate and prolong panic.

This worksheet presents Clark’s (1986) cognitive behavioral model of panic. The expanded model identifies the critical mechanisms of panic which include: catastrophic misinterpretation of bodily sensations (which lead to a feeling of anxiety and exacerbation of bodily symptoms) and safety-seeking behaviors (which prevent disconfirmation of threat beliefs).

This is a Psychology Tools information handout. Suggested uses include:

  • Client handout – use as a psychoeducation resource
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  • Clark D. M. (1986). A cognitive approach to panic. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 24:461–470.
  • Salkovskis, P. M., Clark, D. M., & Gelder, M. G. (1996). Cognition-behaviour links in the persistence of panic. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 34(5-6), 453-458.

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