Academic journal article Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy

Fight or Flight-Overcoming Panic and Agoraphobia

Academic journal article Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy

Fight or Flight-Overcoming Panic and Agoraphobia

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Fight or Flight-Overcoming Panic and Agoraphobia. Ronald Rapee. New York: Guildford Publications (www.guildford.com); New South Wales, Australia: Monky See Productions. 1999, 47 min., $95.00.

Panic disorder and agoraphobia occur at one extreme end of a spectrum of anxiety, with normal anxiety being at the juxtaposed position of the same spectrum. Panic disorder is a relatively common form of an anxiety attack. Agoraphobia occurs when panic is generalized to open or outside places and the person with panic can only be without panic in a few places, sometimes even becoming homebound. Panic and agoraphobia both respond remarkably well to cognitive behavior therapy. This video serves as an excellent introduction to the process and treatment of panic and agoraphobia.

In this video, the physical symptoms, effects, and consequences of panic disorder and agoraphobia are illustrated through the lives of several people who have these disorders. The similarities in these peoples' thoughts, feelings, and behaviors is striking. While they are all of different ages, backgrounds, socioeconomic status, and professional careers, they are exceedingly similar in the manifestation of their disorder. As these different people explain the exercises, thoughts, emotions, and behavioral changes they experience, two mental health care professionals explain the rationale behind each exercise. Together, the patients and the professionals provide an interesting journey that illustrates how treatment works and how effective it can be. …

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