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Not had a panic attack since,
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This review is from: Panic Attacks: What they are, why the happen, and what you can do about them: What They Are, Why They Happen and What You Can Do About Them (Paperback)
I have read a few of these types of books. This has been the most helpful. Why? Because it empowers the reader to approach PA's positively and calmly. I've seen so many friends and family approach illnesses / phobias / and indeed panic attacks as though they just want to wait for a miracle pill from their GP and all will be fine. This book re-enforces that for some things you sometimes need to sit down and look at your approach and outlook on how you view what troubles you and then in turn how you set up your personal coping mechanisms. In short, this book 'explains' what PA's are. Once you understand them, you're half way there! The other half for me was learning to laugh at those horrid horrid feelings (taking control) and explaining to people around me 'Im running on the spot because I suffer PA's and need to re-balance my Oxygen / CO2 levels!' You soon realise people aren't laughing 'at' you, but will often run 'with' you ! Since building my self-confidence back up this way I have never since had a panic attack (2 years now!) but I know when/if I do, I can cope with them by using laughter, recalling methodical process as, and behaving like an upturned beetle if necessary! by letting go of fears and 'what ifs'.
Panic attacks are a necessary biological function of the body - this book helps you discover this for yourself in a gentle, kind, factual way. Next time you have one just think of all us sufferers being beetles together ! Good luck !