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We have learned to get rid of panic disorder more efficiently than from any other psychological problems. But this path is not always pleasant. The most effective way to deal with anxiety is nothing to do with it.

« Breathe as deeply as possible and faster for three minutes ». – “I think I will die now! » – » Continue to breathe. What level of anxiety on a stobal scale do you feel? » – « 100. The heart will break now! » – » Let’s wait and see what will happen next « . As you probably guessed, this is my dialogue with the patient. And it occurs at the metro station.

Panic disorder is a very common problem. At the same time, a person experiences sharp attacks of panic, accompanied by a strong heartbeat, dizziness and so on. He perceives all these symptoms as signs of close death from a heart attack or stroke, although in fact they are not dangerous 1 . Often, one who suffers from a panic disorder stops leaving the house and using public transport, because he is afraid not to get help and die (we call it “agorathobia”). Now we have learned to get rid of panic disorder more efficiently than from any other psychological problems. But this path is not always pleasant. More recently, patients were offered various methods of relaxation to learn how to control anxiety. But now we know that the most effective way is to do nothing with this anxiety.

To do this, we use exposure methods. After the preparatory psychological work, the patient is asked to do something that will cause him symptoms of panic, for example, quickly and deeply breathe deeply for several minutes. But instead of

habitually “escaping” from these symptoms, we offer to passively experience unpleasant sensations. The patient is quickly convinced that gradually even the most severe anxiety weakens, and unpleasant symptoms leave if they do not run away from them. In the case of light alarming disorders, the principle of “do what you are afraid” can be used independently. But it is better to start with a specialist: it can be difficult to interpret the results correctly. In the future, each time plunging into anxiety, we strengthen the faith that anxiety can be experienced.

Jürgen Margraf, a clinical psychologist and one of the leading specialists in the treatment of panic disorders, is sure that « a person is really recovering when he begins to specially seek discomfort ». And this is as true as the words of the writer Milorad Pavich “the most true path to the true future is to go in the direction in which your fear grows” 2 .

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