COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY FOR ANXIETY / PANIC DISORDERS
While everyone experiences some degree of anxiety, when anxiety becomes out of control it can become a problem. If this results in an anxiety / panic disorder, this can have a significant impact on a person's ability to function in everyday life.
Research has shown that Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is an effective means of treating anxiety and panic disorders. CBT is centred on helping people change the way they think (the cognitive) and the way they act (the behaviour). By teaching participants new skills, the program increases a person’s ability to control and/or manage their symptoms and achieve emotional stability.
WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM INVOLVE?
The primary treatment involves attending eight group sessions. These sessions are designed to complement the individual treatment patients receive from their psychiatrist or GP. The key skills targeted in these sessions include:
- differentiating between anxiety symptoms, fears and thoughts
- understanding how thinking affects feelings
- identifying negative and harmful thinking
- managing and overcoming anxiety, panic and phobias
- stress management skills
- relapse prevention skills.
On completion of the primary treatment sessions, continuing support and management is available through subsequent review sessions. These sessions provide reinforcement of knowledge and application of CBT strategies. This assists the person to maintain their health in the community and prevent future relapse.
HOW CAN I ACCESS THE PROGRAM?
Entry into Toowong Private Hospital's CBT - Anxiety and Panic Disorders Program is through referral from the person's treating psychiatrist or GP. If your GP or psychiatrist does not have admitting and clinical privileges at TPH, an assessment with a TPH psychiatrist is arranged. Entry is based on the person’s clinical need, assessment and their willingness and capacity to participate.
People attending the program are day patients meaning that they attend the program during the day and return to their own home at the conclusion of each day’s session. Alternatively, if clinically appropriate, the person may commence treatment whilst an inpatient as part of their discharge plan and complete the program as a day patient following discharge.