MAP-3 is a systematic cognitive-behavioral program, which uses behavioral self-monitoring to increase awareness of circumstances that trigger panic symptoms. Clients learn specific intervention skills, including how to slow down physiological reactivity through breathing retraining and muscle relaxation training; how to decatastrophise through actual prediction testing; and how to lessen fearfulness through exposure to feared sensations in safe settings.
MAP-3 program revisions result from feedback from skilled clinicians who have used the MAP-II program as a clinical tool for treating anxiety, panic, and agoraphobia. Revisions reflect the most cutting-edge knowledge and empirical findings.
The new MAP-3 program offers a deeper exploration of the origins of anxiety and panic and an explanation of how the physiology of breathing affects symptoms and treatment. MAP-3 includes recent findings on the integration of medication and treatment, particularly the enduring effect of the MAP-3 program, and has more explanations of the interrelationship of thoughts and feelings. The client workbook for treatment of agoraphobia has been significantly expanded with recent findings.