Panic Disorder: assessment, diagnosis and treatment via Zoom on 15th June 2021

Panic Disorder is an intensely distressing condition. If you haven’t experienced it for yourself you’ll have a hard time understanding just how frightening it can be. Panic attacks may occur a few times in a lifetime or many times a week. In my experience learning to assess for, and then treat, “panic attacks” is an absolutely critical skill for anyone working with anxiety and stress.

Panic Disorder is typically characterised by symptoms such as blurred vision, racing heart, inability to “catch your breath”, dizziness, a feeling of being unable to control oneself… this is rather different from the everyday use of the word “panic”, and generates a very real sense of danger.

The focus on avoiding danger and being safe can grow to a sense that one must not venture far from thw comfort zone and so there is often an association with agoraphobia. This can persist even after successful treatment of the panic disorder itself.

Prior to the cognitive-behavioural model that was developed, panic disorder was considered very difficult to treat. However it is one area of mental health where there has been great advancement and treatments have gone from “zero to hero” – with the latest treatment model enabling therapists to treat panic with a good degree of success. Notably treating panic disorder without agoraphobia is associated with very good outcome rates and is deemed one of the most successful treatments that has been developed.

However, people who have panic attacks but don’t have an anxiety disorder are at risk of developing mental health problems further down the line. Effective early intervention can therefore be very helpful and is surprisingly effective.

Panic attacks and panic disorder are surprisingly common. The 12 month prevalence for panic attacks is about 2.7% and the life time prevalence about 22%. Moreover in social phobia panic attacks or full blown panic disorder is present in 33% of cases or more.

What this course will do for you
The training covers a wide range of CBT topics from introductory through to advanced. The combination of lecture, case studies (video/audio analysis) and role play significantly develops skills and knowledge of CBT techniques and provides an effective and cost efficient investment in your professional development.

This training will provide a CPD Certificate (6 hours) signed by a senior BABCP accredited psychotherapist and lecturer as well as the principle of the college.

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