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Month: August 2015

Causes of Panic Disorder: Separation Anxiety

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Living Panic-Free Living panic-free is not a simple matter. Panic disorder is a complex condition. The causes are multi-factorial. Psychological, biological and interpersonal factors often combine over time building up to that first panic attack “Out of the Blue.” Panic episodes often wax and wane on their own, even without intervention. Oftentimes, just when you think you beat panic for good, another wave of panic…

Panic Disorder: Three Keys to Living Panic-Free

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Key #1: Stop Devastating Emergency Room Panic When struck with your first episode of terror, the physical sensations of heart pounding and shortness of breath can be so frightening that you are convinced you are on the verge of death or insanity. You can, suddenly, find yourself in an ambulance traveling to the nearest ER at 2:00AM! Naturally, the top priority is to develop powerful…

Five Travel Tips for Panic Attack Sufferers

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How to Prepare For Your Panic-Free Summer Vacation If you are like many Americans, you are planning or getting ready to take a summer vacation. Sounds very exciting. Aruba. A cross-country jaunt. Or a short trip overnight to the coast! What is exciting for the panic-free community can be agony for a panic sufferer. Why? The Core Fear Is Being Trapped Far From Safety Whether…

Should I Start on Anxiety Medication for Panic Control?

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Anti-Panic Medication Can Interfere With the Effectiveness of CBT A variety of pharmacological treatments (anti-depressants and minor tranquilizers) have been shown to be effective in regulating panic attacks. However, Anthony and Swinson (2000) reviewed research which show that the addition of anti-panic medications to Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT) for panic disorder can diminish the effectiveness of CBT.  Furthermore, outcome studies examining long-term treatment outcomes show…

Is Relaxation Therapy a Treatment for Panic Disorder?

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Relaxation Therapy Triggers More Panic Attacks From 1981-1983, when I was on the Faculty in the Department of Family Practice at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY, I quickly evolved the fundamental components of panicLINK. Intuitively, I felt relaxation training would NOT be a critical component in the treatment of panic disorder. Wolpe (1976) introduced Deep Muscle Relaxation (DMR) Training as a counter conditioning agent…

The Doctor-In-Session Series – Typical Panic Patient Profile 1

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Sarah* and the Fear of Losing Control I just received an urgent call from Sarah, a 35 year old married mother of three children. Yesterday, she watched a news broadcast showing a “perfectly normal mother” who snapped, went beserk and drove her car into a nearby river, drowning herself and her three children. Sarah was horrified. Over-Identification and Personalization She imagined what it would be…

Why Do Panic Patients See So Many Medical Doctors?

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Panic patients are suddenly hit with a barrage of physical symptoms, “Out of the Blue”. When dizziness, heart pounding, shortness of breath, weakness, numbness in the hands and feet, and hot cold spells strike without apparent cause, panic sufferers frequently seek medical evaluations (emergency rooms, family doctors) to determine the cause. Ballenger (1987) states that 90% of panic sufferers believe they have a physical disorder….

Evidence-Based Psychological Treatments for Panic Disorder – Research and Current Status

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Early Treatment Studies The first psychological treatment studies for agoraphobia centered on graduated invivo exposure alone to the feared situation (Hand, LaMontagne and Marks, 1974). That is, the agoraphobic patients were instructed to reenter the situations they had been avoiding. Agoraphobia is a secondary complication of panic attacks. The agoraphobic patient utilizes escape and avoidance strategies to manage panic. They begin to live their life…