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Don't Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks

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Panic. Almost everyone has experienced it at one time or another, but in the form of a panic attack, it can be incapacitating. In Don't Panic, a leading expert offers an accessible and practical self-help program for reducing and eliminating these attacks. With insight and compassion, he explains how attacks occur, provides a detailed 5-step strategy for controlling the mo ...more
Paperback, Revised Edition, 383 pages
Published August 28th 1996 by Harper Paperbacks (first published June 1st 1986)
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Dr. Reid Wilson, an internationally recognized specialist in the treatment of panic and anxiety disorders, has released a revised and expanded edition of his best-selling book Don’t Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks. This third edition includes over 50 pages of new content as well as a free companion website for the book ( to support readers in their recovery from panic
Sett Naing
Feb 18, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Rubbish book... Plz don't read.. It will give you delusions.. I got serious trouble after reading it.
Evan Snyder
I don't suffer from anxiety and/or panic myself, but read this book hoping to better understand the experience of friends who do. Mission accomplished: even without being the target audience, I came away with a much better understanding of anxiety. Wilson does a very thorough job of outlining causes and symptoms of anxiety, and does a particularly impressive job at describing the benefits and side effects of the various meditations. I would absolutely want such a comprehensive and balanced guide ...more
Let me start by saying that I have had some extremely nightmarish mind-states in my life that I would never wish upon anyone. I have been diagnosed with multiple anxiety disorders and have experienced many abnormal symptoms as a result; depersonalization, disassociation & derealization being the most unendurable & uncomfortable. Not much ever seemed to help. Therapy just kept me at a standstill and drugs & medication only exacerbated the problem, sometimes to extreme limits. One thin ...more
Deb Wilson
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
I'd like to say this book helped me as it was intended to do. But by the time I was 100 pages into it, I went from being someone who has problems with panic attacks on occasion, to someone who was convinced she was an agoraphobic. I am not the type to decide I suffer form any and every disease or illness, and am miles from being a person who always thinks they are sick, but this book just made me feel like I was even more effed up than I previously thought I was. :-/

It did give some good advice
Dec 31, 2015 rated it did not like it
I own this worthless book! It might be good for some but was NOT at all helpful for me as my panic is due to heart rhythm disorder which is triggered by toxic chemicals like perfume. This problem is commonly NOT recognized. I was even treated at the phobia clinic by a very dumb psychiatrist who wanted to meet me at the perfume counter at the mall and he was an asthmatic.

People today are poisoning themselves by using fabric softeners, too much fragrance etc and their bodies are trying to tell th
Jun 11, 2016 marked it as to-read
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This self-help book demystifies panic and anxiety, and helps reduce (and possibly eliminate!) attacks. For anyone who struggles with panic attacks, it’s a way to take control back in your life.
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very thought provoking and informative. This book allowed me to really step back and assess my thoughts and feelings and learn to work through them. It also provided helpful tools and strategies to help those individuals dealing with anxiety at any level.
Apr 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Most of this book was (thankfully) irrelevant to me but still some really helpful information about understanding and dealing with anxiety.
Jul 04, 2016 rated it liked it
*3.5 Stars*

Some great info in this book. Definitely got me down the right research path.
Branko Jovanovski
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"No squealing, remember that it's all in your head" - Gorillaz
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This book is okay if you want someone to slap you in the face and throw you on a plane. Too aggressive.
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