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When Panic Attacks

If you are living with severe anxiety symptoms, you may often feel overcome with fear, insecurity, shyness or obsessive doubt. The author of the classic Feeling Good and The Feeling Good Handbook, David Burns, offers help and hope for a more satisfying life in his latest book, When Panic Attacks.

In uncomfortable situations, you may sometimes feel dizzy, your heart pounds, your fingers tingle and you can’t breathe, all symptoms of a panic attack. If these feelings seem to be beyond your control, you’ll find techniques in this book that will help you overcome your anxiety.

Patterns of distorted thinking are usually behind your anxiety, writes Burns. Here are some of the self-sabotaging kinds of messages you may be giving yourself:

  • All-or-Nothing Thinking: “My mind will go blank when I give my presentation at work, and everyone will think I’m an idiot.
  • Fortune Telling: “I just know I’ll freeze up and blow it when I take my test.”
  • Mind Reading: “Everyone at this party can see how nervous I am.”
  • Magnification: “Flying is so dangerous. I think this plane is going to crash!
  • Self-Blame: “What’s wrong with me? I’m such a loser!”

In When Panic Attacks, Dr. Burns, renowned author and professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, addresses all types of anxiety disorders. He teaches you how to defeat your fears and begin living a life that’s free of worries and self-doubt using dozens of simple, effective techniques. As you learn to recognize and reverse your negative thinking, you can begin to go to sleep at night feeling relaxed; overcome your shyness and have fun with other people. You’ll feel new self-confidence.

These techniques for learning to control your anxiety have been shown to be more effective than medications, according to Burns.

Negative thinking fuels depression in the same way, a subject Burns covers in the highly regarded Feeling Good and The Feeling Good Handbook. Depression and anxiety may be intertwined.

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