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When Panic Attacks: The New, Drug-Free Anxiety Therapy That Can Change Your Life

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Are you plagued by fears, phobias, or panic attacks? Do you toss and turn at night with a knot in your stomach, worrying about your job, your family, work, your health, or relationships? Do you suffer from crippling shyness, obsessive doubts, or feelings of insecurity?
What you may not realize is that these fears are almost never based on reality. Anxiety is one of the worl
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Published May 9th 2006 by Harmony (first published January 1st 2006)
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Feb 22, 2011 Shawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not much for self-help books, but a psychologist recommended it to me, and I finally moved past my biases and started it. The subtitle isn't kidding when it says it can change your life! The book is basically a bunch of cognitive therapy techniques that you can do by yourself or with a friend. I got so much out of it--and yet there's so much left to learn--that I'm planning to immediately start reading it again.

Oddly, while I think this book will do a lot to help a variety of problems I occ
Mr. Roboto
Sep 28, 2010 Mr. Roboto rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bought this for someone close to me who suffers from panic attacks. Decided to read it first to make sure it was an appropriate gift, and found that it has useful information for anyone who wants to combat perfectionism (my problem) and any kind of self-defeating behaviors. Burns helps you get to the root of certain problems and combat them. You'll definitely feel more human and less alone in your worries/insecurities after reading this one. I decided to keep the copy I was planning to give as a ...more
This audio book was full of great ideas to use when you are struggling with anxiety and panic attacks. Many of these I had heard of or already use myself. There were also a few new ones that I have been putting into practice. I love his common sense approach that anxiety always has a trigger and never just "comes out of nowhere". He is really good about teaching you how to find the trigger and deal with it. He also had a lot of great client examples to share. Apparently the audio cd is not a rea ...more
Feb 15, 2011 Sherah rated it liked it
Shelves: brain, health
This is a good book for people with specific phobias (eg, heights, elevators, snakes), fear of dying (not existential fear, but like, physical death from panic symptoms), post-traumatic stress anxiety, that sort of thing. I myself suffer from fear of loss of control, and found this book insightful to a point, just not something that could fix what I'm going through. I didn't really think it was going to solve all my problems; I read it because it's written by the author of "Feeling Good," the fa ...more
sucks. i get stressed out just thinking of wasting my money (even if it was half price)
he offers a lot of quick stories in which the afflicted seek his help and he cures then in 1-2 sessions. he must be a miracle worker. he is selling a load of crap. i need a couple sessions just to get over my anxiety about his quick fixin's
Apr 14, 2011 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I used his cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques, outlined in this book, to combat the negative spirals I found myself caught in when my depression began to clear, but left me with frequent spells of mild (paralyzing, but not hospital worthy) panic attacks. They were a very useful tool in my arsenal and I saw dramatic changes in just a few weeks.

As someone very interested in psychology, and possibly considering counseling as a career, I found the book very useful in that, like a textbook, it d
Nov 06, 2012 Bahare rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
دکتر برنز یکی از پایهگذاران روش شناختدرمانی است که اثربخشی سریع آن در درمان افسردگی، اضطراب، روابط انسانی و به طور کلی مشکلات روانی، زبانزد خاص و عام است. به کمک مهارتهای شناختدرمانی جایی برای ناامیدی و ناتوانی در خصوص حال بد، احساسات و هیجانات منفی از قبیل اضطراب، فشارهای روانی، خشم، کینه، افسردگی، احساس گناه ناسالم،خفت، خجالت و فقدان اعتماد به نفس و احترام به خود باقی نمیماند. با مطالعه این کتاب مهارتهای جدید در درمان اضطراب بدون مصرف دارو را فرا خواهیم گرفت ...more
May 14, 2013 Amy rated it liked it
Anyone with anxiety or who has ever suffered a panic attack can appreciate some of what this book has to offer. Whether your condition is mild or very bad, its still something that can be crippling at times and is very misunderstood. Many people do not seek help for this. There is help for this condition and people do not need to ashamed of it! Most people (especially women) will have a panic attack at some point in their lives (and they are lucky if it does not become a reaccuring problem (sorr ...more
Aug 06, 2013 Breathing rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People with minor to mild anxiety
This book is basically a summary of all sorts of techniques you can use if you: a) suffer from anxiety attacks b) are depressed (no severe depression!) or c) up your self-confidence.
As one with severe anxiety this book was a fun and comforting read, no more than that. Most of the things elaborated upon in this book were already figured out to some extend by myself.
Yes, I know this sounds arrogant but I'm sure some people can relate: if you have anxiety that ruins your life you overanalyse every
Jan 20, 2012 Sara rated it it was amazing
This book is a LIFE SAVIOR!! Im writing this review as a psychiatrist and as a person who has suffered from panic disorder. It has powerful tools that help you overcome all kind of anxiety starting from panic attacks to social anxiety, it touches you deeply and make you face the monster that been hiding inside of you and been eating your life away! I have used it with my patients and helped them ALOT!! Dr david burns is like the guru of CBT. I recommend this book to my patients and to anyone has ...more
Jan 30, 2016 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a crazy long book (almost 400 pages because it's comprehensive--not all methods work for all people, so he provides exhaustive--but SUPER entertaining--coverage of all methods. It's a time investment. To avoid getting overwhelmed, I read about ten pages a day, so I finished in a little over a month (my new motto is "By small and simple things are great things brought to pass."). I read "When Panic Attacks" which is geared toward anxiety (which was my particular brand of crazy), but his orig ...more
Kat Daley
May 18, 2015 Kat Daley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book really helped me with my anxiety and fears of a lot of things. reading this book gave me such a good feeling about how to deal with panic attics and plane rides. I recommend this book to anyone who has anxiety or fears.
I am a person with moderate general anxiety, fear of driving, and panic attacks. I've also taken some psychology classes in college, and consider myself fairly well adjusted. This is a mixed bag for me. The first 100 pages reads like some sort of quackery. Lots of promises about how you can treat yourself without medications for most panic and anxiety based problems, and some old studies about the efficacy of depression medications, but nothing of substance or that applied to me. After that, I f ...more
Betty Hallenbeck
Extremely well written book, full of practical techniques to help all those struggling with any type of anxiety. Whether you - or somebody you know - have full-blown panic attacks, generalized anxiety, or simply tend towards worrying, Dr. Burns will provide you with new tools to tame your tensions. Easily implemented by anybody who is motivated to worry less.
May 03, 2012 Nickole rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stopped-reading
I was on page 80 and the author was still trying to persuade me to read and follow his methods. Written in text book form and was just too busy for me. Also, I don't think I have panic attacks... I am hormonal and anxious :(. Hopefully after I give birth and get back to normal, I will be better!
Feb 09, 2012 Tobi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: how-to, self-help
When I read this book I was able to get my panic attacks under control. Here is what works for me: cognitive therapy (this book teaches how this works, basically it means changing how you think), quitting coffee, running/aerobic exercise, yoga and, when needed, xanax or valarian.
C.M. Pendleton
May 12, 2015 C.M. Pendleton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book of this type that I've read that wasn't filled with a bunch of hypotheticals. It isn't a book you buy only to find that it's not really helpful, it just talks about overall issues and concepts. Rather, this book is filled with practical exercises that you have to diligently work through, but it's worth it. The author explains a variety of exercises and you find the one that best suits your needs. You then work your way through it and move on to another exercise.

Make no mi
Aug 27, 2012 Debra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Panic Attack Sufferers
Recommended to Debra by: Amazon
I like others suffer from a more generalized anxiety disorder that cannot be alleviated by self-controlled CBT. This book however did provide some good insights and helped me to understand some issues better.
Oct 22, 2008 V rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deep breathing can work in the short time but narcotics and benzos are popular for a reason! HELLO PEOPLE!!
i have so Many Opinions, but i guess the main one is that for me i had to ignore what he said about medicine being placebo, and the way it was written like doing all these things is so easy, because then my jerkbrain would just take that and beat me up with it too ("these tools are available and you aren't using them so you just want to stay feeling bad! you deserve it!"), so, maybe don't read this when you're feeling really tender or self-hating.
Mar 22, 2014 Christina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do you ever have thoughts like: "I'll never get this right." "Everyone can tell I'm shy and don't have anything interesting to say." "This plane is totally going to crash and we will all die!"

If so, like me, than this is the book for you. I always thought---from how it was in the talk therapy I experienced---that cognitive therapy is useless. How wrong I was. I learned 40 different ways to help myself just with one thing. And sixteen ways to defeat a distorted thought.

This book takes a long tim
Carrie Nygard
Feb 17, 2016 Carrie Nygard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book for self treating anxiety and depression. It is also a workbook filled with exercises and worksheets such as a Daily Mood Log and a Checklist of Cognitive Distortions, just to mention a few.

The author teaches Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques to address episodes of anxiety and panic attacks. In addition to CBT, Dr Burns teaches exposure methods like Gradual Exposure and Flooding to defeat fears and phobias. He also includes interpersonal exposure tecniques to hel
Carter Hinsley
Jan 06, 2016 Carter Hinsley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pure gold, but EXTREMELY repetitive. Learn the concepts, skip the repetition. It's pretty much verbatim redundancy throughout. Verbatim. Redundancy. Throughout. Verbatim Redundancy Throughout. VRT. 4 stars due to the quality content, would have been 5 if the crud had been cut out. Good job, editors. VRT.

Oh, and also make sure you bring a pen along with you when you read this book. VRT.
Jul 26, 2013 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was just a rehash of his previous publications with a different focus-- panic. Yet it's actually more generalized to mood and anxiety issues in the book. Call me cynical, but he just a re- formulated same old, same old with a new cover so he could sell more books.

And even though I greatly admire David Burns and use his New Mood treatment with my clients, he's quite the egotist. He makes pretty outrageous claims, stating how a client with a 25 year intractable history of anxiety saw hi
Feb 22, 2013 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favs
If you've ever wondered what the heck is this Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) all about? Can CBT really be as good if not better than medication? OK, so let's assume CBT is legit, give me some really simple actionable steps to use it?

This book is for you if you answered yes to any of the above questions. The core principal of CBT: if you change the way you think, you change the way you feel. Moreover, a person cannot believe equally in contradictory beliefs. Therefore, the goal of CBT is to m
Jun 09, 2014 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life Changing

recommended by our family physician and it was, no IS, a must read for everyone that suffers with anxiety or depression. it is also helpful to a spouse or family member supporting another person.
Thank you Dr Burns.
This is really excellent and truly helpful, a standout in self-help psychology. At times Dr. Burns was a bit oversimplistic, and yet occasionally I found that certain techniques with different names seemed to be basically the same thing. Also, he gave some explanations for emotional issues that I found a little Freudian for my tastes, but overall this is a great addition to my personal collection. It's full to bursting with useful tools and step-by-step instructions for implementing them. I'll b ...more
Jan 23, 2016 Phyllis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book for anyone who suffers from anxiety/fears/phobias/ptsd...Dr. Burns shows you in great detail how to heal yourself without using drugs, or so that you can stop taking the medicines.
Jennifer FitzPatrick
Great reference for professionals working with patients and clients struggling with anxiety disorders. This is also a user-friendly book for those struggling with anxiety disorder symptoms.
Fatih Aksoy
Dec 25, 2014 Fatih Aksoy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's one of the best ever. Certainly if you are interested in CBT. I found great help from the content. Thanks to David.
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David D. Burns is an adjunct professor emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the author of the best-selling book Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy. Burns popularized cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) when his book became a best seller during the 1980s.

Burns received his B.A. from Amherst College in 1964 and his M.D. fro
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