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CBT for Panic
What's the best way to treat panic?
CBT according to an article in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. The next best thing is staying in treatment.
Anxiety involves fear or worry about bad things happening if you experience a thing or event. Energy is spent avoiding the thing/event, and then the fear or worry is eased. You feel less anxious, which makes you feel better. However, avoiding the thing/event can make it harder to function. Imagine a man who is too afraid to get on a plane even though his children live in another country. Exposure allows you to confront the avoided thing/event in a controlled way, and you are given a mental "tool box" to help decrease your anxiety while you are doing it.
One example is exposure for arachnophobia (fear of spiders).
A CBT therapist might first have you think about a spider. Next, they may show you a cartoon image of a spider on TV. Later, you see a more realistic cartoon image. Still later, a realistic looking drawing, then a photo. Eventually, you are able to go in a room with a non-poisonous spider in a cage, and you may be asked to step closer and closer. Finally, you might even be able to put your hand in the cage and let the spider crawl on your arm without experiencing extreme anxiety. The goal is not to be a spider tamer, but to be able to live without having to cross the street at the sight of a spider. All the while, you are learning to face spiders, while thinking and acting in ways to lower your anxiety as you face them.
Due in part to “get tough on crime” and “war on drugs” policies, the United States has achieved in recent decades the highest rate of incarceration in the world, increasing from 1980 to 2008 from approximately 500,000 to 2.3 million individuals behind bars. Not all segments of society are equally represented. Racial and ethnic minorities in particular are incarcerated at disproportionately high rates.
Likewise, the rate of mental illness among inmates in jails and prisons in the U.S. is dramatically elevated. The Bureau of Justice has previously reported that approximately half of state and federal prisoners and inmates in jail suffer mental health problems serious enough to warrant diagnosis or treatment, and others have indicated that 10 times more seriously mentally ill people reside in prisons and jails than in state psychiatric hospitals in the U.S.. A recent Human Rights Watch report suggests our jails and prisons remain ill-equipped to address the mental health needs of these highly vulnerable individuals, and that prison and jail staff members are often inadequately equipped to deescalate crises without use of excessive force. Similar concerns have been reported in the juvenile justice system.