Examples of common Catastrophic Thoughts (for Panic Diary)

“I’m going to have a heart attack”

“I’m going to pass out / collapse / faint”

“I’m going to make a fool of myself”

“I won’t be able to act normally / speak / walk”

‘I won’t be able to cope”

‘Maybe I have a brain tumour / MS / cancer etc”

‘I’m going to die”

‘I’m not going to make it out of here”

‘What’s happening to me”

‘I’ve got to get away from here NOW!”

“I’m going to completely lose control”

“Everyone is going to see how anxious I am”

“People will think I am crazy”

“I can’t breathe”

“There must be something seriously wrong with me”

“This is never going to stop”

After a ‘Setback” (see Workbook 4)

“I’ve done all the practice and now I’m just as bad as EVER!”

“I should be better by now – this is never going to go away”

“Maybe there is something ELSE wrong with me”

“I’m no good at this – I can’t do it”


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