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Good; just not quite what I wanted
on 20 July 2015
From the perspective of someone dealing with a panic attack or three at the moment, I have to say - succinctly - that this book provides some interesting thoughts but didn't really win me over. I felt it had a fair amount of say, but didn't really hit the spot in making me feel any more comfortable about my own situation.
It does provide key reinforcement of the point that panic is a biological and natural thing. You're not dying. You're not going mad. You have adrenaline flooding your system due to primitive fight-or-flight protocols embedded in your brain. If you embrace it and go with the flow, it'll subside.
A thought is a thing - the book repeats, rather frequently. If you exert your authority, by asserting control with your own thinking on the matter, you can overcome the negatives of panic. Remind yourself that this will pass. Tell yourself that you're a strong and positive individual. Point out that panic is a natural response to stress, pressure or danger - and that you should embrace it rather than suffer.
I'm probably boiling it down into slightly the wrong turn of phrase, but that's the essence.
It considers seeking professional assistance, considering treatments and medication, developing coping mechanisms and sharing your problems with others. All good advice and useful enough.
Just not quite what I wanted - although, I'd be hard-pressed to tell you exactly why. I suppose everyone has their own experience and each of us has a feeling about what might work for them. I will consider the advice given here and see whether anything helps. Your own experience may vary - and I certainly would say this one is worth picking up