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Understanding Panic Attacks

Understanding Panic Attacks [Kindle Edition]

Roger Baker
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"Dr Baker's clear writing is coupled with frequent case studies, transcripts from therapy and quotes, all of which serve to clarify his points, one of the most important of which is that recovery is possible and that there is indeed hope of 'complete health'." Division of Clinical Psychology

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What is a panic attack? What does it feel like? What causes attacks? Can they be cured? The authoritative yet practical book helps the reader toward an in-depth understanding of panic. It is essential reading for sufferers, their friends and family, and clinicians. In clear and concise language, it describes a psychological self-help programme for panic sufferers that has been tried and tested over many years. Now in its third edition, this book has been updated throughout to reflect recent research, including the latest developments in cognitive behavioural therapy and new techniques for managing anxiety. “A full recover is possible,” Dr Baker explains. “It certainly is not easy, nor quick, but it definitely is possible.”

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 423 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Lion Books; 3rd Revised edition edition (18 Feb 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004X1HHSU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #121,755 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saved. 5 Nov 2011
By Bee90
Like nearly every other sufferer, panic struck and I had no clue why. I am 21, was about to return for my final year at university after a long summer off and was generally feeling good about my life. Good family, good friends, everything was fine. I was however already on the drug prozac, which I blamed for masked happiness. The drug also had side effects of anxiety and in rare cases, panic attacks.

I developed a fear of medication, or any thing that would mess with my already messed up brain. Im sure other panic sufferers will understand what I mean when I say that you want to be in the most normal state of mind when it strikes. I was terrified to even go out drinking with my friends. I stopped drinking coffee, I stopped everything that made me happy. I felt so trapped because I wanted to deal with it naturally, but at the same time the effects were so utterly horrible I just wanted it to go away. Panic physically drains your life and your mind, and the doom that overtakes all happiness you ever had is just so unfair. I didn't want to let anyone down and knowing I had to deal with this before university started again was added pressure.

I was lucky enough to have an extremely supportive Dad who had beaten panic attacks and as much as I tried to listen to his words, and although they helped, I needed more.

This book is amazing. I read it in two days because I just could not put it down. I thought the mention or thought of panic would inevitably spark one but that is not true. I truely believe that if you know every in and out of what is actually happening to your body when a panic attack occurs, you are half way there. This book gives you every possible understanding you could ever need.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding Panic attacks & overcoming fear 5 Aug 2002
By A Customer
I had suffered with panic attacks for 6 months and I thought i was going mad, But with the help of this book it helped me learn to understand what was happening to me and helped me to start overcoming the fear of going out the house. Even now in a bad patch i still refer to the book and would recommend this book to any one who wants to understand and start to overcome panic attacks
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book works! 27 Mar 2005
By A Customer
My doctor told me to read this book as i was suffering from frequent panic attacks. It really did help me as it explains that these attacks are not going to harm you and that they are just an exaggerated body reaction. I soon was able to relax when i felt an attack coming on and to just ride it out.
I am now free of them and am able to lead a normal life.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I'd had this book 10 years earlier! 24 April 2011
It took 10 years of suffering from (more than daily) panic attacks for a family friend to find out what was happening to me and give me this book (which she had used herself). By this time I was close to totally agoraphobic. Boy did reading this book turn my life around. GPs had tried all sorts of meds but there wasn't the understanding of panic attacks back then that there is now, and Roger Baker is the man to thank for how things have changed.

If anyone ever told me that a book was all I needed I would have laughed in their face, but reading this book and understanding every aspect of my body's behaviour and how it was supposed to help me (in an entirely different situation) was enough for me to get back to full health. I'm not saying it's easy, doing CBT on yourself never is, and I would always advise having a good friend or two to back you up, but it works.

If you suffer from panic attacks buy this book. I have now handed out 7 copies of this book (my own copy which I then replace) and now I have learned to keep a couple spare. Nipping panic attacks in the bud is key to not losing 10 years of your life (as I did) and if I had enough money to buy a copy for every sufferer I would, rather than have them go deep into the world of panic attacks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars understanding and overcoming 2 Jun 2011
Agrophobia and fear render so many prisoners in their own personhood. This 3rd edition rework is a concise and accessible guide with proven helps for all kinds of readers. Cognitive therapy, anxiety management techniques and pastoral care is well addressed in this very needful title. The myths about and root causes of panic attacks were particularly potent and with all else reflect the pooled wisdom of more than thirty years of professional practice.

The author has extensive experiences in serving patients with panic attacks and there are both medical and psychological explanation in the book. All symptoms of panic attacks are described explicitly. Possibility and hope permeate this writing. Unique, valued and redemptive!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written 6 Jan 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I think this book is very well written and gives any panic/anxiety attack sufferer a good insight into how these panic attacks happen and ways in which to cure them. It does give suffers some confidence in the fact they are not on there own and thousands of others suffer similarly. Understanding what goes on helps but as the book says in the end that basically the only cure is self help and face your fears, which is not easy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This was bought as a gift 1 Nov 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This was one of two books that I bought for someone who suffers from panic attacks. Their report to me is that they are finding this book particularly helpful
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Published 1 month ago by Mrs. A. Harris
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Purchased for my then Boyfriend Ben Fairfax of Sutton Sports as he suffers with panic attacks
Published 1 month ago by Sarah Louise-Hull
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i read this book after i had panic attacks after a breakdown a few years ago. i think the only thing that made the attacks go away was that i read this book and knew why it was... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Robert Fotheringham
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This book had a huge impact on my worries about panic attacks and I've not worried about having them since I read it. This in turn means I've hardly had any. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Sarah & Josh
5.0 out of 5 stars Opened my eyes
After suffering from panic attacks since age of twelve till the age of thirty this book has finally helped me under stand my fear. Read more
Published 10 months ago by andrew d phillips
3.0 out of 5 stars Panic attacks
This book was for my husband, he did not find it much help but has read some of it but lost interest
Published 11 months ago by Sue Douglas
4.0 out of 5 stars helpful
very interesting and helpful book - would recommend

explains things well and will keep alongside my Claire Weekes books for reference
Published 11 months ago by susie
5.0 out of 5 stars Information
Very useful book to read - covered and informed of certain elements that I was unaware of - useful easy reading and easy to understand
Published 12 months ago by di
5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding Panic Attacks and Overcoming Fear
Having heard the author Dr Roger Baker interviewed on the radio about the subject, I was so impressed with his knowledge and his description of how to cope with these attacks that... Read more
Published 13 months ago by JAZ
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