Relaxation

Exposure-based treatment may sometimes be accompanied by additional elements. In systematic desensitization, relaxation is added to the exposure to the anxiety-eliciting situation. Relaxation is not essential for successful exposure however. Relaxation exercises focus on the physiological component of anxiety and tension. The patient learns, first in the therapist's office and later at home, to relax various muscle groups progressively. It is essential that the patient first learns to recognize tension in the different muscle groups. Accordingly, he can apply the relaxation effectively when the early signs of tension manifest themselves.

In behaviour therapy, relaxation exercises are applied much more widely than merely as a component of systematic desensitization. Relaxation training has been an important component of various treatments, most notably in the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder. Relaxation training can also be useful in treating tension headaches and disturbed sleep.

Do Not Panic

Do Not Panic

This guide Don't Panic has tips and additional information on what you should do when you are experiencing an anxiety or panic attack. With so much going on in the world today with taking care of your family, working full time, dealing with office politics and other things, you could experience a serious meltdown. All of these things could at one point cause you to stress out and snap.

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