They start imagining what it would feel like if they made a mistake and lost their balance. At that point, their bodies respond by inducing dizziness and weak legs. Panic begins as they keep entertaining the prospect of falling and dying. This completes the cycle. As the body shows more signs of panic, the thought of falling repeats itself and starts the cycle once again. This ends in a full loss of control from the patient. With that model in mind, CBT aims to disrupt this cycle by introducing a new way of thinking to the patient. Instead of entertaining thoughts about falling and dying, CBT will attempt to replace this negative thought pattern with something more positive. In fact, laughing immediately before and during a fearful crisis is one of the quickest ways to defuse the dark doom and gloom over you. You can either cry from the pain of it or learn to laugh at the absurdity of it all. I prefer to let out a huge roar of laughter instead of bawling my eyes out. And hopefully, you will too. What about attacking the same fear over and over? Most fears, especially the more complex ones, will take many steps before you can conquer them. So, yes, it does count, as most obstacles rarely stay dormant as they change even though it's the same fearful problem you are addressing. Some grow and get worse while others get whittled and chipped away at when you work on them on a daily basis. When this happens, just make sure that the problem still gets a rise out of you. If not, and the challenge no longer scares you, then it won't count. One woman who knew me actually said, I like the new . <a href=''>!</a> <br /><br /><a href=''>'</a> She couldn't even fill in the blank. <a href=''>It</a> was like I had a whole new personality. <a href=''>Acting</a> turned out to be easy, Anthony added, because he'd had plenty of practice. <a href=''>As</a> my wife pointed out, I've been acting for years. <a href=''>I</a> put on this whole act at work every day because I hated what I was doing. <a href=''>Anthony</a> went into each gallery intent on one goal: He wanted to be given a show based on his most recent work. <a href=''>The</a> salesman he played was so successful, however, he got offered more shows than he could handle. <a href=''>I've</a> had to turn things down! <a href=''>I</a> wanted to be so many things as a mother for Hattie: strong, compassionate, happy, grateful, loving, wise. <a href=''>Instead</a> I was a person who screamed at her husband, who was afraid of mirrors because they reflected all her worst doubts about her own womanhood, and who--oh, yeah--sometimes forgot to keep her kid safe and healthy. <a href=''>I'd</a> picked up Hattie's gastro bug but was feverish on the plane because the distance between me and the person I needed to become seemed insurmountable. <a href=''>Our</a> last stop on the trip was Long Island. <a href=''>We</a> went to visit the family of a couple we'd known since college, and their grave site. <a href=''>They'd</a> been driving home from a weekend in upstate New York when another driver--asleep at the wheel--crossed the freeway median and hit them head-on. <a href=''>Our</a> friends had been killed instantly, and their ten-month-old daughter suffered terrible injuries, but recovered. <a href=''>When</a> we visited Clara, she was eighteen months old and being cared for by an aunt. <a href=''>For</a> such a visit, it was an impressively happy afternoon--the two little girls giggling and merry from start to finish. <a href=''>On</a> the return bus ride, though, I held Hattie close, running my lips over her silken scalp, feeling the weight of her small body leaning into me. <a href=''>When</a> this new line of thought is introduced and accepted, it will realign the cycle and change the fear altogether. <a href=''>To</a> accomplish that, various exercises and backtracking need to be done to enumerate and identify the current symptoms of the patient as well as zeroing-in on the root cause of this irrational fear. <br /><br /><a href=''>This</a> is why CBT isn't just used for treating people that suffer from depression and anxiety disorder. <a href=''>It's</a> actually used to treat a large number of other mental issues. <a href=''>This</a> is because CBT aims to change the association's people make in their minds, fueling an overall shift in their mental paradigms. <a href=''>Because</a> of the vulnerability of the model, CBT practitioners can introduce new thoughts in different ways: either by showing new thoughts, feelings or even behaviors that will ultimately change the cycle. <a href=''>By</a> understanding this model, you can use CBT activities and worksheets to work your way towards recovery. <a href=''>At</a> its very core, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy consists of 4 main stages. <a href=''>These</a> areas of interest cover every aspect of the approach which ultimately leads to freedom from depression and anxiety disorder. <a href=''>As</a> with any form of treatment, the initial stage of CBT is an in-depth assessment of many factors. <a href=''>Once</a> again, having high integrity is essential to your progress on this program. <a href=''>If</a> you notice that the scary obstacle you chose used to be nail-biter about no longer triggers your fight or flight response, be honest with yourself. <a href=''>Finish</a> it off and crush it, but don't count it as part of your 30-day challenge. <a href=''>And</a> don't try to kid yourself and try to force yourself to think that it's scary either. <a href=''>Be</a> content that it no longer holds its negative power over you and that you are now stronger and braver than before. <a href=''>Also,</a> use your integrity system to monitor yourself during these next 30 days to make sure you attack a variety of fearful circumstances. <a href=''>Remember</a> that not all fears have to be super intense to count. <a href=''>Some</a> can just be trivial fears, like catching yourself walking away from somebody you have been avoiding, then instead move toward him. <a href=''>In</a> this 30-day challenge, all fears count, even those stupid or lame fears that you are too embarrassed to admit. <a href=''>The</a> key to finding your bravery is to face as many types of fears that you have. <a href=''>he</a> marveled to me. <a href=''>I</a> walked into one gallery, one I didn't know, and in one afternoon got myself bought and established! <br /><br /><a href=''>More</a> came out of it. <a href=''>Anthony</a> won a month's sabbatical as an artist in residence at an out-of-state college. <a href=''>The</a> local press interviewed him and ran a feature on his work; <a href=''>more</a> calls started coming in, more galleries expressed interest. <a href=''>Last</a> I spoke to Anthony, he was living the bohemian life on campus while collecting full salary from his advertising firm, which wholly supported his new venture. <a href=''>He</a> was freed from job, wife, kids, and his daily grind for a month of painting. <a href=''>He</a> couldn't believe how his dream had taken shape. <a href=''>You</a> can't fail if you think you're great, he reflected. <a href=''>We</a> had a quiet dinner and all went to bed early. <a href=''>Hattie</a> climbed out of a crib we'd gone across town to borrow and got in with us. <a href=''>John</a> and I are not a couple who speak openly of what we agree on. <a href=''>Instead,</a> our givens function like silent elastic tethers running between us, often running contrary to what we say and even do. <a href=''>These</a> tethers remain undetectable until we've reached points too opposed. <a href=''>Then</a> they yank us--sometimes roughly and fast, sometimes slowly and sweetly--back toward each other. <a href=''>That</a> night grief drew us in. <a href=''>Our</a> trip had been peppered with bright spots, but mostly it was dominated by illness, arguments, and logistical challenges. <a href=''>One</a> of us felt it had been worth all the trouble. <a href=''>The</a> other did not. <a href=''>You</a> may even be surprised that the assessment goes both ways. <a href=''>Even</a> the therapists make assessments of themselves to see if they are compatible with their patients. <br /><br /><a href=''>On</a> top of that, the patient and therapist go over multiple exercises so that they both see the full extent of the patient's condition. <a href=''>Depression</a> and anxiety disorder may be the same in everyone, but they have different manifestations and triggers. <a href=''>It</a> is the job of the therapist to find out how these disorders affect the life of the patient. <a href=''>This</a> is also the stage where both the patient and the therapist put together a therapy plan. <a href=''>This</a> is where Behavioral Experimentation takes place. <a href=''>By</a> obtaining data as a team, the two worked together to formulate an approach that is custom-made for the patient. <a href=''>Here,</a> the pair works together to reprogram negative thought patterns. <a href=''>The</a> focus of this stage is to affect change on the thinking level. <a href=''>The</a> more diverse you are at facing the many different types of scary situations that we all have to deal with, the more you will be able to transform into an authentically ballsy person. <a href=''>Also,</a> sometimes, when wiping out those irrational demons that have haunted us forever, you feel free to grow into the person you wish to be. <a href=''>Be</a> aware of just singling out just one scary predicament in this program. <a href=''>Although</a> it sounds like a contradiction, you can get very comfortable with the uncomfortable. <a href=''>In</a> other words, the more you do something, the easier it gets, as you learn to adapt to the situation. <a href=''>This</a> is not necessarily a bad thing; <a href=''>it's</a> actually a great thing because it proves you have overcome the fear. <a href=''>Overexposure</a> is one the most effective and traditional methods of eliminating fear. <a href=''>A</a> classic example is a person who fears spiders. <a href=''>He</a> makes a point to gradually encounter more spiders until eventually, spiders don't cause him any more anxiety or fear. <a href=''>And</a> if you don't feel that kind of confidence yet, then I'd say,Fake it till you make it. 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