Therapy Worksheet for Panic Attacks

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What is the theory behind this Therapy Worksheet for Panic Attacks?

A panic attack is a severe and sudden anxiety attack which is felt not just mentally but physically as well.  It has a sudden onset and can make people feel like something terrible is going to happen to them at the very moment. They are stuck in a vicious cycle of catastrophizing their thoughts and physical sensations. Someone who experiences frequent panic attacks is always worried about having the next one or actively trying to avoid situations that might trigger it causing significant impairments in their daily functioning. 

How will the worksheet help?

The worksheet will help clients to identify the symptoms, thoughts and avoidance or coping behaviours associated with their panic attacks. This information can be helpful in tailoring a cognitive behavioural treatment plan specific to the client’s nature of panic attack. 

How to use the worksheet?

Instruct the client to recall their past panic attacks and fill the information in the table accordingly. Instruct them to write down the physical symptoms they remember feeling, the thoughts that were racing through their heads at the time and mention any coping strategies that they have used. 

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