Don't Panic Book - 2009 Edition



Third Edition – 2009
ISBN: 9780061582448

  • 381 in-depth pages, written for the patient
  • The attitudes that promote recovery & the strategies to overcome panic, plus more than 50 pages of new content
  • Self-help skills for panic disorder, social phobias and the fear of flying
  • The most comprehensive evaluation of all recommended medications


Are you one of the more than nineteen million Ameri­cans who suffer from anxiety? Don’t panic. Newly re­vised and expanded, this book offers a straightfor­ward and remarkably effective self-help program for overcoming panic and coping with anxious fears. With insight and compassion, Reid Wilson, Ph.D., de­mystifies anxiety attacks and provides indispensable advice, including:

  • how a panic attack happens, what causes it, and how it can affect your life
  • how to recognize, manage, and control the mo­ment of panic
  • how to control the chronic muscle tensions that increase anxiety
  • how to conquer fear and face problems with con­fidence
  • how to decide which medication is right for you
  • how to establish reachable goals and rediscover the joy of living

Take control of your life again with this imminently practical guide.

About the Author

Psychologist Reid Wilson, Ph.D., is an internationally recog­nized specialist in the treatment of panic and anxiety dis­orders and the coauthor of Stop Obsessing: How to Over­come Your Obsessions and Compulsions. He is director of the Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center in Chapel Hill & Durham, North Carolina, and is an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

Table of Contents


(Third Edition – 2009)

Table of Contents

Part I: Identifying the Problem
1. Introduction: The Panic Attack
2. Physical Causes of Paniclike Symptoms
3. Panic within Psychological Disorders
4. Agoraphobia and the Panic-Prone Personality
5. Four Complicating Problems
6. Panic in the Context of Heart and Lung Disorders

Part II: The Nature of Anxiety Attacks
7. The Anatomy of Panic
8. Who’s in Control?
9. Why the Body Reacts

Part III: Don’t Panic Live: Your Moment-by-Moment Strategies
10. Grab a New Attitude
11. Experience: The Greatest Teacher
12. Look for More
13. Stand without Crutches
14. Talk to Panic

Part IV: Support When You Need It
15. Your Mind’s Observer
16. Find Your Observer
17. Take a New Stance: Your Supportive Observer
18. Take the Hit
19. Face Panic
20. The Use of Medications



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