Are you experiencing sudden rushes of intense fear or discomfort, including a racing heart, sweating, shortness of breath or chest pain? MBCT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy) is an effective treatment for panic disorder:
Combination of therapy and meditation
MBCT combines the ideas of cognitive therapy with meditative practices and attitudes based on the cultivation of mindfulness. With MBCT, you literally develop a new relationship with your thoughts and you understand what your panic attack is actually trying to tell you.
Prevent and understand panic attacks
MBCT will also help you discover what makes you vulnerable to fear and anxiety, which will enable you to prevent future panic attacks. MBCT enables you to see the connection between downward mood spirals and pressurising thoughts that you may have about yourself. In understanding this, you will be able to stop panic attacks before things get really bad.
Focus on the present moment
In MBCT you will learn to focus on the Here and Now, rather than analysing the past or thinking about the future. You will learn to shift from the mode of mind which is dominated by negative thinking (e.g. worries, doubts or self-criticism) to another mode of mind, which is more non-conceptual and non-judgemental, and therefore more positive.
How does MBCT help with panic attacks?
If you are experiencing panic attacks, you are most possibly dreading it to happen again. At the first sign, you may try to suppress the symptoms, such as trembling or shortness of breath. But suppressing the symptoms often does not work and or can make it even worse. With MBCT, you will develop a willingness to experience emotions, even painful ones. By doing this, you will stop the battle with them. Accepting difficult emotions leads to reducing the resistance and this will help you understand the reason for your panic attacks.
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I'm Natalie Marby, an English speaking therapist in Hamburg, Germany. I am half German and half British and I offer psychotherapy in English, especially for expats living in Hamburg. To contact me, you can send me an email or call me: (040) 46090233. (Please don't forget to send me your phone number and the times I can reach you). I look forward to hearing from you!