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.

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With all the stresses and strains of modern living, panic attacks are become a common problem for many people. Panic attacks occur when the pressure we are living under starts to creep up and overwhelm us. Often it's a result of running on the treadmill of life and forgetting to watch the signs and symptoms of the effects of excessive stress on our bodies. Thankfully panic attacks are very treatable. Often it is just a matter of learning to recognize the symptoms and learn simple but effective techniques that help you release yourself from the crippling effects a panic attack can bring.

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