Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression and Anxiety Attacks

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As it is characteristic of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Donald Meichenbaum’s treatment of the client, Anna, was a short-term therapy, only lasting about 20 sessions. His eclectic style of work was elicited by Anna because she was horribly depressed and had currently experienced bouts of panic attacks that were making her life miserable, and affecting the lives of those around her. Meichenbaum took a CBT approach with Anna within the first few sessions in order to help rid her of her panic attacks. First, he asked her to close her eyes and envision the last panic attack she had experienced and then asked her to describe how she felt in the first instances of the attack. In doing so, Anna felt the symptoms returning, and …show more content…
This may have been because she was being rushed to the hospital on several occasions believing that she was having a heart attack, and perhaps because it was affecting her relationship with her family. As Anna’s panic attacks ceased, her depressive symptoms also began decreasing. Her overall nature seemed to be more calm and normalized. To help further Anna’s depression ceasing, Meichenbaum helped her find ways to express her feelings in a normal way, instead of “bottling them up,” or expressing them in a hostile way. She used these CBT techniques that Meichenbaum taught her with her boss and her husband, and said she felt relief and comfort in knowing that she could express herself without having to worry about how she was going to make other feel or worrying about feeling weak herself. Meichenbaum’s work, however, is not all CBT-based. He is considered an eclectic therapist in this case because he combined his knowledge of CBT and Psychodynamic Therapy. The tools he gave Anna and the successful attempt at changing her maladaptive behavior that led to panic attacks are particularly CBT, but he used many psychodynamic aspects as well. He encouraged Anna to tell her “whole” story without interruption because everything she has to say has relevance. This is particularly psychodynamic because it looks into her past, validates her feelings and thoughts, and CBT is concerned with only the “here and now.” Meichenbaum also allowed the news of the death of

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