When Panic Attacks : The New, Drug-Free Anxiety Therapy That Can Change Your Life
Are you plagued by fears, phobias, or panic attacks Do you toss and turn at night with a knot in your stomach, worrying about your job, your family, work, your health, or relationships Do you suffer from crippling shyness, obsessive doubts, or feelings of insecurity What you may not realize is that these fears are almost never based on reality. Anxiety is one of the world's oldest cons. When you're anxious, you're actually fooling yourself. You are telling yourself things that simply aren't true. See if you can recognize yourself in any of these distortions: All-or-Nothing Thinking: "My mind will go blank when I give my presentation at work, and everyone will think I'm an idiot." Fortune Telling: "I just know I'll freeze up and blow it when I take my test." Mind Reading: "Everyone at this party can see how nervous I am." Magnification: "Flying is so dangerous. I think this plane is going to crash!" Should Statements: "I shouldn't be so anxious and insecure.
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May 09, 2006
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Excerpt from When Panic Attacks by David Burns
I Think, Therefore I Fear
Practically everybody knows what it's like to feel anxious, worried, nervous, afraid, uptight, or panicky. Often anxiety is just a nuisance, but sometimes it can cripple you and prevent you from doing what you really want with your life. But I have some great news for you: You can change the way you feel.
Powerful new, drug-free treatments have been developed for depression and for every conceivable type of anxiety, such as chronic worrying, shyness, public speaking anxiety, test anxiety, phobias, and panic attacks. The goal of the treatment is not just partial improvement but full recovery. I want you to be able to wake up in the morning free of fears and eager to meet the day, telling yourself it's great to be alive.
Anxiety comes in many different forms. See if you can recognize yourself in any of these patterns.
* Chronic Worrying. You constantly worry about your family, health,
career, or finances. Your stomach churns, and it seems as if something bad is about to happen, but you can't figure out exactly what the problem is.
* Fears and Phobias. You may be afraid of needles, blood, heights, elevators, driving, flying, water, spiders, snakes, dogs, storms, bridges, or getting trapped in closed spaces.
* Performance Anxiety. You freeze up whenever you have to take a test, perform in front of other people, or compete in an athletic event.
* Public Speaking Anxiety. You get nervous whenever you have to talk in front of a group because you tell yourself, "I'll tremble and everyone will see how nervous I am. My mind will go blank and I'll make a complete fool of myself. Everyone will look down on me and think I'm a total neurotic."
* Shyness. You feel nervous and self-conscious at social gatherings because you tell yourself, "Everyone seems so charming and relaxed. But I don't have anything interesting to say. They can probably tell how shy and awkward I feel. They must think I'm some kind of weirdo or loser. I'm the only one who feels this way. What's wrong with me?"