A 32-year-old web developer and IT executive named “Alex” developed recurrent panic attacks after experiencing difficulty breathing, dizziness and faintness after a Tai Kwan Do class. His history of dizzy spells increased his panic symptoms and his concerns about more serious health threats. In addition to his original medical issues, he had recently decided to change careers. Intensive psychoeducation, relaxation therapy, cognitive restructuring and exposure exercises proved to be extremely effective in stopping his panic attacks in 15 sessions.

A 44-year-old manager of a Fashion industry operation named “Deborah” reported having recurrent panic attacks for the last four months. With the help of short-term CBT, she was able to decrease the personal impact of her work stressors and and focus on improving her relationship problems and improve her overall quality of life. Within a dozen sessions, she was better able to manage the bodily symptoms of her anxiety and eventually reached her goal of being completely panic free.

A 49-year-old woman named “Candace” presented with persistent panic attacks that had started to jolt her out of her sleep. Heart palpitations, hot flushes, fear of dying, chest stiffness and hyperventilation were producing significant concerns. Eight sessions of psychoeducation, relaxation therapy, and cognitive restructuring permitted her to cope with her life stressors in a much more productive way and allowed her to be panic free within a few months time.

A 32-year-old woman named “Veronica” with a fear of becoming reliant on Klonopin for recurrent panic attacks wanted short-term CBT to help her manage her upsetting physical symptoms which included heart palpitations, dizziness, shaking, and a fear of fainting. She obsessively pursued frequent reassurance from doctors that she was not dying. She had several life stressors that prolonged her anxiety such as a father with Parkinson’s, relationship problems with her husband, and a chaotic work environment. Within 5 months of weekly therapy, her health concerns were alleviated, her panic attacks reduced from daily to monthly, her relationships improved, and she decreased her use of Klonopin from daily to only as needed.

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