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Drug-Free Treatment for Panic Disorder is Not Readily Available “If I had known, I would have never started on medication!” I meet more and more panic sufferers who are unaware that, in 1991, the National Institute of Health (NIH) endorsed a powerful, drug-free, scientific method to live panic-free. CBT for Panic Disorder, provided by trained expert doctors, is still not readily available. When I meet…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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….

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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…

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Do You Fit The Three Factor Pre-Panic Personality Profile? 1) Are you an over-accommodator? Do you fear getting others mad at you? Are you overly apologetic? Are you a people-pleaser? Do you have the “I am sorry syndrome?” 2) Are you excessively empathetic? Do you feel the pain of others as if it were your own? Do you have difficulty saying no and speaking up…

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Take a look at this sample from the panicLINK Audio Program Component. Session 8-The Big Picture on the Road to a Panic Free Lifestyle: CD#10 Track 3. Don’t Blink The takeCONTROL training method: Finish off panic when you have panic on the run. Become completely fearless in the face of symptoms. Symptoms obey you when you stare down the bodily sensations of adrenaline. Feel the…

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Your First Out of the Blue Panic Attack “It was a Monday morning and everything was just fine. I was listening to a song on the radio as I was driving to work, when all of sudden out of nowhere, my heart began to thump wildly, my head felt woozy and a burning sensation flashed through my body. I thought this is the end. I…

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Step One: Take Control of Panic Attacks through Symptom Neutralization If You Try To Eliminate Your Symptoms, You Are Running In Fear. You must neutralize your response to the symptoms of heart pounding, dizzyness, heat waves, rubbery legs, shallow breathing, chest tightness, nausea, and numbness and tingling. Never try to eliminate your symptoms. If you try to eliminate heart pounding then you still fear it….

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Have you ever been lightheaded after taking a spin on the rides at a summer carnival? After vigorous exercise? Or felt lightheaded after having been swept away by love? Do you watch the weather channel and plan your day around the heat waves of August, dreading that you might get overheated and collapse from heat exhaustion. Well to a panic attack sufferer the wonderful, normal…

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A former Harvard-affiliated Health Psychologist announces the release of the panicLINK treatment program. After 30 years in practice, with over 5,000 patients treated for panic attacks, Dr. Blumberg is letting sufferers bring his office into their own homes. Those affected by anxiety can now try panicLINK — the world’s most comprehensive panic relief system — free for a full 30 days. The DVD, workbook, CD,…