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DON'T PANIC

Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks

by R. Reid Wilson

I saw this in the bookstore today, and any book with huge letters on the front saying DON'T PANIC is pretty cool. I thumbed though it and liked it enough to buy it. It feels a little funny buying these types of books in person, but I seem to be getting better at that.

The book covers Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, GAD, Social Phobia, Specific Phobias, OCD, PTSD. I just like the way it is written. Plenty of case studies, good advice that is presented in a clear manner.

The eight attitudes of recovery:

"I can't let anyone know" -> "I am not ashamed"

"Panic is evil, bad, the enemy" -> "What can I learn as a student of panic?"

"I want to avoid the symptoms." -> "I want to face the symptoms to gain skills."

"I must relax right now." -> "It's OK to be anxious here."

"I must stay on guard." -> "I won't guard myself against anxiety."

"This is a test." -> "This is practice."

"I must be certain that there is no risk." -> "I can tolerate uncertaintly."

"This had better work." -> "It's OK if it doesn't work."
 
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