Mechanisms of change

The same mechanisms operate as in individual therapy, but those treated in groups have the advantage of being able to share their problems and ways of coping with others similarly affected.

As the introduction of newcomers may retard progress and arouse hostility, 'closed' groups with a fixed lifespan and the same members throughout are ideal, if not always practicable. A good size is 5-10 members. Outpatient groups usually meet once a week for 1-2 hours. Groups run on psychoanalytic lines may continue for 2 years or more. Groups using behavioural or cognitive techniques, such as anxiety management groups, last only 6-12 weeks. Inpatient units run on 'therapeutic community' lines use daily group therapy as the main method of treatment.

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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