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(p. 51) Learning Breathing Skills and Understanding Your Negative Thinking 

(p. 51) Learning Breathing Skills and Understanding Your Negative Thinking
(p. 51) Learning Breathing Skills and Understanding Your Negative Thinking

Michelle G. Craske

, David H. Barlow

, and Lauren S. Woodard

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date: 20 May 2022

This chapter discusses the mistaken beliefs about panic as well as the importance of understanding one’s negative thoughts and learning breathing skills. Common myths and mistaken beliefs about the physical symptoms of fear include sensations of going insane, losing control, suffering a nervous collapse, suffering a heart attack, and fainting. Such mistaken beliefs can result in a vicious “fear of fear” cycle. The chapter then assesses where these mistaken beliefs come from. It also looks at the initial steps for challenging myths, mistaken beliefs, and negative thoughts. Finally, the chapter explains the mechanics of breathing and the symptoms of overbreathing/hyperventilation, before presenting a specific exercise to teach the skill of diaphragmatic breathing.

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