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Strategies To Overcome Anxiety Attacks Part 1

Nov 26, 2007
According to medical professionals, the best strategies for overcoming anxiety attacks include three possible treatments. These treatments include cognitive group behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and possible medication.

A psychologist or psychiatrist will decide which strategy is best for each patient in order to help the patient overcome their type of anxiety attacks. They first assess the severity of the symptoms that the patient is getting, the level of affect that anxiety attacks is having on the patient/patient's life, and the ability of the patient to recover from their affliction.

Cognitive behavioral treatment (CBT) is one of the first treatments that will be attempted to resolve anxiety attacks. It is a form of psychotherapy that has been in use for varied mental illnesses and disorders for many decades. It works by analyzing the roots of fears experienced by the person getting the attacks.

The first strategic step in CBT is to determine the negative fears that are causing the patient's anxiety. These are then categorized and assist the therapist in teaching the patient ways of controlling these fears, correcting the patient's perceptions which result in these fears and then help them to restructure their thought patterns to avoid these unreasonable thoughts.

The strategies for treating anxiety attacks with cognitive behavioral treatment involve varied methods such as attribution, teaching the patient the difference between irrational/rational thoughts, and helping the patient to overcome past experiences that may have contributed to their irrational thoughts/fears. When it comes to children, psychiatrists can get to the root cause or trauma and help them to understand the event, learn to deal with what happened and cope with moving forward in life with a new positive approach and attitude versus simply forgetting what happened.

Another strategy that medical practitioners find useful is CGBT (cognitive group behavioral therapy). It is similar to CBT in its strategy for dealing with anxiety attacks, but in a group setting with other people who are suffering the same disorder and one or more group therapists. The aim of this strategy is to not only overcome the negative thought/fear processes attributed to anxiety attacks, but allow the patients to realize that they are not alone in what they suffer and have support from people who understand what it really feels like.

There are other important strategies for overcoming anxiety attacks that group therapy undertakes. These include:

·Group discussions of each individuals symptoms, perceptions, experiences and traumas

·The use of the group to show their support for individual anxiety attacks by encouraging the changes in thought/fear patterns and perceptions.

·The use of the group on outings to overcome anxiety attacks with people that each member feels can be trusted to not judge them or ridicule them, helping each member to avoid perceived embarrassment and the need to become isolated.

·The use of the group on outings to overcome anxiety attacks with people that each member feels can be trusted to help individual sufferers realize that social interaction with new people does not have to be fearful or even judgmental or embarrassing.

·The use of the group in varied situations in helping each individual anxiety attacks sufferer to no longer having the need to put on appearances in how they look, behave, talk or in regards to their abilities to lessen the likelihood of misinterpreted judgments by others.

·The use of the group in varied situations to support individual sufferers in learning that they no longer need to feel embarrassment or guilt in social situations.

·Group discussions to help each individual sufferer in overcoming anger resulting from previous situations or traumas.

·Group discussions to assist each individual sufferer in overcoming the need to please everyone, be a perfectionist, procrastinate, avoid social interactions and in becoming a realistic individual with self-confidence and self-esteem.

·Group discussions to assist each individual sufferer in dealing with times when social interaction does result in judgment or embarrassment by others.

These strategies for overcoming anxiety attacks have proven to be very useful in helping patients deal with their suffering. Studies have shown that both forms of cognitive behavioral therapies, CBT and CGBT, do succeed and allow each patient to move forward and enjoy normal, productive, socially interactive and happy lives. Of course, there are a few cases were the affects of the anxiety attacks are so deep rooted that the individual needs to combine these therapies with medication. However, if you do sufferer anxiety attacks, getting guidance from your doctor is the first best step to curing your pains, fears and negative thoughts.
About the Author
Gary Miller was so scared that he actually passed out during a presentation and couldn't talk after due to numerous social anxieties. To learn more about his journey to recovery and weekly FREE Social Anxiety coping techniques, you can visit his web site at: http://www.Social-Anxiety-Cure.com
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