The Panic Attacks Course
Learn practical strategies for managing anxiety and panic attacks with our clinically-proven online course for panic and agoraphobia.
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Panic Attacks at a Glance
Panic attacks can be very frightening. Panic attacks can make you feel as though you might be about to have a heart attack, collapse, or ‘go crazy’. They can come ‘out of the blue’, and can be hard to predict, or they can be triggered by certain situations or places. Although panic attacks aren’t actually harmful, because of their frightening nature, people can start to develop anxiety about panic attacks themselves. This is called ‘panic disorder’.
Fortunately, panic and agoraphobia are very treatable and many people who seek help can get better. This course will teach you practical skills to tackle panic attacks and anxiety, and improve the way you feel.
About The Panic Attacks Course
This 6-lesson course is based on an effective psychological treatment for panic attacks and anxiety called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (or CBT). It is designed to teach you proven strategies for tackling your symptoms and show you how to work with your thoughts, emotions, and behaviours so you can make a positive change in how you feel. It may be especially helpful to you if you’ve been previously diagnosed with Panic Disorder (with or without Agoraphobia) and haven’t had CBT in the past.
This course may be suitable for you if:
What You Will Learn
Throughout this course you will follow an illustrated story of ‘Penny’ as she learns how to manage the unpleasant physical sensations of a panic attack, and shift unhelpful thoughts and behaviours that serve to maintain her anxiety. Each lesson focuses on teaching you a practical skill you can use to begin changing the vicious cycle of panic and anxiety. Once you complete a lesson, you will have 5 days to practice your new skill before the next lesson becomes available.
Panic Disorder Explained – Learn about anxiety, panic disorder, goal setting, and controlled breathing strategies.
Tackling Unhelpful Thoughts – Learn how to identify and challenge the unhelpful thoughts that maintain panic disorder.
Overcoming Avoidance – Learn how to gradually confront situations that you’ve been avoiding because of panic disorder.
Sitting With Sensations – Learn how to overcome the fear of panic sensations.
Troubleshooting Exposure – Learn how to overcome common obstacles in treatment.
Relapse Prevention – Learn to put all the skills together and get even better.
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Each of our courses has been designed to help you get the most out of self-guided learning and provides you with a range of materials to support you on your recovery journey.
Story-based lessons that teach core coping skills
Tools to help you overcome common challenges
Exercises designed to help you tackle your symptoms
Alerts & Reminders
Reminder e-mails and texts to help you stay on track
Step-by-step activities to help you put new skills into practice
Questionnaires to help you monitor your well-being
How to Get Started
Option 1: Enrol in this course as ‘self-help’ and complete it independently, or
Option 2: Speak with your regular clinician (e.g., your GP, psychologist, or other health professional) and see if they can prescribe you this course and monitor you throughout your online treatment. You can download and take the Clinician Letter to your appointment.
Choose to start right away or speak with your clinician about this course
Enrol As Self-Help
Get instant access and start right away
Complete a lesson every 1-2 weeks
Extra 12 months of access once completed
Available to people who ordinarily reside in Australia
Get a Prescription
Get free access with a prescription
Your clinician can monitor how you are
Extra 12 months of access once completed
Available worldwide with a prescription
Please note: our courses have not been evaluated in populations who have been diagnosed as having schizophrenia or bipolar disorder; people who are dependent on drugs or alcohol; or take sedative medication (e.g., Valium, lorazepam) daily. More tailored, intensive, face-to-face support from a clinician may be more suitable for these populations and for people who are thinking about suicide. We recommend that such individuals seek clinician support and medical advice before enrolling into a self-guided online treatment course for their mental health.
Frequently Asked Questions
Over the years, we’ve helped many individuals improve their mental health through our clinical trials and online courses. If you have any questions about this course, check out the FAQs below or get in touch with us.
This course has been developed for people who have symptoms of panic disorder (i.e., for people who have, are afraid of, and try to avoid, recurrent panic attacks).
The course is self-paced, so exactly how long it takes to complete is up to you. There are 6 lessons, and we recommend that you complete one lesson a week. There is a 5-day lockout period between some Lessons 2-6, to give you time to practise the skills and exercises. Once you start the course, you will have 3 months (90 days) to finish it. If you complete the course within this time, then you will be given an extra 12 months access to the material, to help you practice the skills and strategies you learned.
You can enrol in the ‘self-help’ option and start the course right away for $59 (you must reside in Australia to access this option), or you can seek a prescription from your regular GP or mental health professional and enrol in the course for free (this option is available worldwide under the supervision of your treating physician).
The amount of support you receive will depend on the way you choose to do this course.
If your clinician – doctor, psychologist or other mental health professional – prescribes it, they will have access to the course and your well-being scores, so you can check-in with them about your progress and how you feel.
If you do the course as ‘self-help’, there is no clinical support available because the course is completely automated, although you can contact us for any technical difficulties. However, provided you complete all six lessons, the results will be as good as with supervision.
The best place to seek advice about treatment options for you specific symptoms and situation is from your GP.
To make the most of the course we recommend completing a lesson every 1-2 weeks and practising the skills that you learn regularly. Make sure that you download and save all of the downloadable course materials so you can come back and review the strategies later on.
You can access this course for free if your regular clinician is registered with THIS WAY UP and prescribes this course to you by e-mailing you a personalised registration link called a “Quickscript” using our secure online system.
Here’s how to discuss this option with your health professional:
Make an appointment with your clinician (e.g., your GP, Medical Specialist, Psychologist or other Allied Health Professional).
Download, print, and take the Clinician Letter to your appointment. This letter outlines some information about how your clinician can register with THIS WAY UP and prescribe our courses using our online system.
Ask your clinician if they are familiar with THIS WAY UP and tell them about the course you’d like to do.
If your clinician is new to THIS WAY UP, they may need some time to register and get to know our system, so you may not be able to get a course prescription right away.
If your clinician is able to prescribe and monitor you throughout the course, they will send you a ‘prescription’ e-mail called a “Quickscript” via our system with details on how to enrol.
Please note, it is up to individual clinicians to decide whether it is appropriate for them to prescribe and monitor you through one of our courses. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that your clinician will be able to assist you.
However, majority of our treatment courses are available as ‘self-help’ within Australia so if this option is suitable for you, you will be able to enrol and receive up to 12 months of access for AUD $59.
When you enrol in this course as ‘self-help’ you will be guided through the lessons by our system and will be completing it independently.
Our team is here to provide technical assistance, but we are not able to answer clinical questions or give you personalised advice about your health.
When you enrol in this course under the ‘supervision’ of your regular clinician (e.g., your GP, psychologist, psychiatrist, or other health professional) they will be able to view your progress and well-being scores, and will be able to check in on you should you require further assistance.
You may also be able to check in with them about your particular symptoms or seek further guidance on implementing the strategies you learn.
Some clinicians may choose to prescribe this course as part of your face-to-face or telehealth sessions.
Some clinicians may choose to recommend that you enrol in this course as ‘self-help’ and support you throughout without formally prescribing it to you.
The Science Behind This Course
This course is based on established clinical practice guidelines by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists for the management of panic disorder.
This course has also been evaluated in Randomised Controlled Trials. We have also completed a large study of course effectiveness in the real world setting.
Research Studies of The Panic Course:
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Did you know that you can use this evidence-based online course in the treatment of Panic Disorder?
According to the clinical practice guidelines, internet-delivered CBT forms part of the stepped-care approach to treatment.
As a registered THIS WAY UP clinician you can prescribe The Panic Attacks Course to your clients and stay informed of their progress.