Author(s): Carina Eriksen
Panic disorder is common, affecting 10% in the UK. This unpleasant condition may include intense feelings of apprehension, fear and tension which lead to people becoming overly cautious, unadventurous and constrained in their lifestyles. It is estimated that up to 60% of those with panic may also develop agoraphobia while 70% develop depression. The book is practical in focus. It aims to help people understand the source and triggers of panic attacks from psychological and clinical perspectives, and suggests a range of skills and techniques to overcome the problem and formulate individual solutions. The emphasis is on the reader gaining understanding of panic which sidesteps its automatic progress, and offers genuine manageability and control.
Dr Carina Eriksen is a registered and chartered clinical psychologist with an extensive London-based practice. She is author or co-author of several books. Professor Robert Bor is a Lead Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Royal Free Hospital, and author of 30 books. Margaret Oakes is a trainee counselling psychologist and airline pilot with a specialist interest in mental health disorders.
Topics include: What is panic? How is it different from other anxiety disorders? What causes and/or maintains panic? The problem of failed solutions - coping with unhelpful techniques such as avoidance Managing panic attacks - adaptive ways of controlling panic such as deep breathing, relaxation, lifestyle changes, nutrition, reducing avoidance/exposure, dropping safety behaviours etc Dealing with the worry of having another panic attack - breaking the vicious cycle of anxiety Using CBT tools to reframe anxious thinking. How to help a friend or relative with panic What to do if self-help isn't enough Tips and hints for managing panic - checklists for challenging situations such as going to a crowded places, using public transport, hosting a business meeting etc.