Post Edited (hopeisreal) : 9/8/2007 4:38:56 PM (GMT-6)
Hi there............I am chuckling, sorry. You asked the right question and are sure to get answers.
Let me start. CBT is is a form of psychotherapy that emphasizes the important role of thinking in how we feel and what we do. The term "cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)" is a very general term for a classification of therapies with similarities. There are several approaches to cognitive-behavioral therapy, including Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Rational Behavior Therapy, Rational Living Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, and Dialectic Behavior Therapy.
You may want to read the info in this link: http://www.healingwell.com/library/anxiety/info2.asp
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) teaches you to anticipate and prepare yourself for the situations and bodily sensations that may trigger panic attacks. CBT usually includes the following elements:
A therapist helps you identify the thinking patterns that lead you to misinterpret sensations and assume "the worst" is happening. These patterns of thinking are deeply ingrained, and it will take practice to notice them and then to change them.
A therapist can teach you breathing exercises that calm you and that can prevent the overbreathing, or hyperventilation, that often occurs during a panic attack.
A therapist can help you gradually become less sensitive to the frightening bodily sensations and feelings of terror. This is done by helping you, step-by- step, to safely test yourself in the places and situations you've been avoiding.
CBT generally requires at least 8 to 12 weeks. Some people may need a longer time in treatment to learn the skills and put them into practice. Most panic disorder patients are successful in controlling or preventing their panic attacks after completing treatment with CBT.
CBT requires a motivated patient and a specially trained therapist. Make sure any therapist you work with has proper training and experience in this method of panic disorder treatment. Indeed, in some parts of the country, you may find limited access to professionals trained and experienced in CBT.
I am sure you will hear from members who have had great success with CBT.
Keep posting and know we care.
*** I am 53 and was able to make many changes and still am working at it
YOU are never to old .......IMHO .........***
CBT has proven successful for so many and the hard work involved pays off. So hats off to all of you who use CBT.
I am proud of each of you.
Angel and Big Bear,
Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with the CBT. This is a good thread.
Keep it going everyone.
I have too agree that CBT is very helpful but in need to over come this disorder is sure will power and to changing the way we think and after being here I have learned that I don't want this in my life anymore as I have so much to live for that I fought like heck to over come this disorder and have put myself in harm's way to winning this battle of P/A's. For every fight there must be a battle plan and I have seen battle first hand and there is always a plan too defeat your enemies you just need to stick to it and use all the resources you have to succeed and at times we must intervises are plan to gain the upper hand and face it in order to beat it for this is a battle that we can WIN and will do so.
Great I am glad you are willing to give it a try. Let us know once you get started and we are always here to support you.