Cognitive Model Of Panic

This worksheet presents a cognitive model of panic disorder based upon Clark's (1986) cognitive model and upon Well's (1997) insights. The model identifies the critical mechanisms of panic which include: catastrophic misinterpretation of bodily sensations (which lead to a feeling of anxiety and exacerbation of bodily symptoms) and safety-seeking behaviors (which prevent disconfirmation of threat beliefs).

  • Clark D. M. (1986). A cognitive approach to panic. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 24:461–470 comhem.se archive.org
  • Clark, D. A. (1999). Anxiety disorders: Why they persist and how to treat them. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 37, S5-S27 kcl.ac.uk archive.org
  • Wells, A. (1997). Cognitive Therapy of Anxiety Disorders. Chichester: Wiley.


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