Panic disorder and phobia are difficulties that are commonly encountered in our consulting rooms. There is an ongoing debate concerning the lack of provision within the NHS to help those with mental health problems. This book puts forward a different method of recovery called systematic desensitisation, which is rarely covered by the many books that are available on the subject. Rhona M. Fear presents this method both as a former patient and as a therapist of almost thirty years standing. It can be learned and used highly successfully by practitioners to help alleviate panic disorder and phobia.
Table of Contents
Introduction -- The symptoms of anxiety and fear -- The fight or flight cycle -- What is the fear of the fear cycle and how is it maintained? -- The labels: anxiety states and phobias -- Involving the general practitioner: the helpfulness and limitations of medications -- Breathing and relaxation -- The systematic desensitisation programme -- Case study: using systematic desenitisation to recover from agoraphobia -- Case study: using systematic desensitisation to recover from driving phobia -- Cognitive interventions -- Seeking help from counsellors, psychotherapists, and psychologists -- Summary