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Interoceptive exposure is a form of exposure therapy typically used to treat panic and anxiety disorders. The focus is on understanding the body’s physical reactions to situations. It allows you to correctly identify physical reactions for what they are, rather than interpreting them as the onset of a panic attack.
Successful interoceptive exposure allows you to experience your body without experiencing unnecessary fear. If you always get jittery when a panic attack is starting, you can try to do something that makes you jittery. This helps your body to realize that when you get jittery it does not always mean a panic attack is on the way.
Exposing your body to physical reactions that frighten you helps your mind learn that they are not as frightening as you expect them to be. When you experience these reactions and they are not followed by a panic attack, your mind is able to weaken the anxiety that may be associated with the reaction and eventually the anxiety may be gone forever.
Once per week or as your therapist suggests
CBT - Reframing; Play out worst case scenario
While you can tackle interoceptive exposure on your own, you’re going to have the most success working with a therapist who specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
They can help you identify the physical states that trigger your anxiety, find activities that will safely mimic your physical symptoms, and help you talk through it afterwards.