I started CBT three weeks ago. Ive had 3 sessions so far.
For me its a meeting for just over an hour a week with my Therapist, who asks me how ive been the previous week and we work on any problems ive had. I'ts the most complicated therapy ive had in that there are some complex rules to learn. She draws these charts for me and tells me i have to go away study them and recognise when im having an anxiety attack and where it all fits in. I have to write a daily diary, whether i feel ok on that day or not. Most importantly i have to rate how im feeling through the day between 1 and 10 out of 10.
CBT in a nutshell pretty much teaches you to face your fears head on, bit scary, but they believe that by making yourself familiar with your bad feelings, and going and getting through them, obviously not dying, it de -sensitises your thought process when you have panic attacks. Sorry its quite new to me, but so far this is what im learning on how it does work.
I dont know if it going to work, but its definetely making me less scared when i do have a panic attack, it makes me think it'll be ok i wont die, just let it happen. The learning process is very difficult though, it requires a lot of attention until you are up and running with putting your skills into practice. My therapist jokes i will take her job by the time ive learnt it all !!
Go look it up, yes , and if you and/or your Doctor thinks it may be suitable for your condition, give it a try. My theory is i will try anything if it will make me come out of this nightmare once and for all.
Best of luck