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Millie’s Fear Ladder

Millie worries about having panic attacks and avoids situations where she might have one, like the mall. Learn more about Millie’s story!

 

Goal: Go to the mall by myself

Situation Fear Rating
Walk around the mall alone on a busy day (for example, Saturday afternoon) 10
Walk around the mall alone on a slow day (for example, Monday afternoon) 9
Walk around the mall with a friend on a busy day (for example, Saturday afternoon) 8
Walk around the mall with a friend on a slow day (for example, Monday afternoon) 7
Sit outside the mall entrance on a bench by myself 5
Sit outside the mall entrance on a bench with Mom or a friend 4
Walk around the mall parking lot 3


Check out this video of Millie facing her fears!

*Millie is also afraid to be at home alone. She can make another fear ladder to help her achieve her goal of staying home alone. Millie also needs to learn to be comfortable with the bodily sensations she experiences when she has a panic attack. Learn how she can face those sensations head on and learn to be comfortable with them!