I opened this book with a bit of trepidation. I wasn't sure if I would be unleashing yet another panic attack simply by reading it. I have to tell you I was amazed at how calmed I felt. My first impression was that "at last, someone else understands!" and I was truly stunned at how many symptoms I had gotten "used" to, and near enough forgotten about. It was shocking to learn how far I had let my own needs slip, and how many things were all contributing to my panic attacks. It was a real eye-opener and it gave me the confidence to say to myself that I DID deserve to get better and treat myself with TLC. As I neared the middle of the book, I even found myself a little disappointed at the thought that I might not have another panic attack! haha... They are scary, but after having it confirmed that they are no-where near as bad as they feel, I began to find them interesting.
As it turns out, I have had two in the space of a month (about 80% less than usual) and since I had learned a few "tools" to get over them faster, the lingering grottiness that follows was not as bad as usual. Just knowing that I could recover, and also that I could do it largely on my own was a real confidence booster. I have already bought more specific books on yoga, assertiveness and cognitive behavioural therapy, and I am exercising regularly and eating properly, and taking time out for ME when I need to. I have to say, even though I know have a long way to go, I am feeling a lot better already.
If I ever met Christine I would give her a big hug. This book has given me the confidence to get over that very difficult first step and an excellent foundation for the rest of my recovery. Thank you very much Christine! :)