Distorted Thinking

I need to correct my distorted thinking. Next time I have a panic attack I don’t want to start thinking I am dying. Now that I am not in the middle of a panic attack I know they are not life-threatening. But how do I get my thinking trained to interpret my shortness of breath and pounding heart in a less scary way?

My CBT therapist tells me I can train my thinking, just like I can train my body to ride a bike or play tennis. Working on catching myself as I let my emotions distort my thinking is a first step. A second step is to get used to having a rational approach to any physical symptom, in particular during a panic attack.

This Thought Challenge exercise is like the second part of a Thought Record. I’ve selected the scariest negative thought from my Stress Log to challenge.

Panic Attack Thought Challenge

Correcting distorted thinking during panic attacks

Read more about Cognitive Distortions on Don’s Blog.

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