When Panic Attacks

  • by David D. Burns MD
  • Narrated by Kaleo Griffith
  • 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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? Are you plagued by fears, phobias, or panic attacks?
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. Other people don't feel this way."
Emotional Reasoning: "I feel like I'm on the verge of cracking up!"
Self-Blame: "What's wrong with me? I'm such a loser!"
Mental Filter: "Why can't I get anything done? My life seems like one long procrastination."

Now imagine what it would be like to live a life that's free of worries and self-doubt; to go to sleep at night feeling peaceful and relaxed; to overcome your shyness and have fun with other people; to give dynamic presentations without worrying yourself sick ahead of time; to enjoy greater creativity, productivity and self-confidence.
Does that sound impossible? The truth is you can defeat your fears.
In When Panic Attacks, Dr. Burns takes you by the hand and shows you how to overcome every conceivable kind of anxiety. In fact you will learn how to use more than 40 simple, effective techniques, and the moment you put the lie to the distorted thoughts that plague you, your fears will immediately disappear. Dr. Burns also shares the latest research on the drugs commonly prescribed for anxiety and depression and explains why they may sometimes do more harm than good.
This is not pop psychology but proven, fast-acting techniques that have been shown to be more effective than medications. When Panic Attacks is an indispensable handbook for anyone who's worried sick and sick of worrying.

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What the Critics Say

"Few truly great books on psychotherapy have been published, and this is one of them. When Panic Attacks tells you how to deal with all kinds of anxiety and with most other emotional problems. It is clearly and charmingly written." (Albert Ellis, PhD, founder of the Albert Ellis Institute and best-selling author of A Guide to Rational Living)
"Another masterpiece from the author who helped millions help themselves with Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy. Dr. Burns's elegant writing style, compassion, and humor translate powerful psychotherapy methods into accessible, practical, and helpful tools for the vast number of individuals who struggle with anxiety." (Henny Westra, PhD, associate professor and director of the York University Anxiety Research Clinic)

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Customer Reviews

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I can't imagine why the world hasn't found this Dr.

However I'm 54 and accidentally stumbled upon him looking for something that would truly help me learn how to sleep without medication or pills....Dr. Burns has turned CBT into a workable and friendly easy "how too book" that goes beyond almost every self help book I've ever come across....I want to restate this a little differently .... all three of his books are unbelievably incredible ...I wasn't always happy with the voices reading this book and his other books but by chapters 2 through 5 it didn't matter I ended up liking the readers voice. Audible please please get the rest of Dr. Burns material.... also he has a new book coming out soon don't wait to long before getting it.... I love audible because of books like these.... and no I don't know Dr. Burns but I sure would like too....to ask questions and learn more. Thank you Dr. Burns...
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- tamie

Awesome PDF of Tools and Audio Examples

If you could sum up When Panic Attacks in three words, what would they be?

Tools Helping Anxiety


What did you like best about this story?

The problem solving tools and understanding behind this book is well researched. Tackled anxiety from many angles including information. Useful tools, actions and ideas for in the moment.

The PDF makes it easy to review many of the ideas quickly.


Which scene was your favorite?

Cognitive distortions related to shyness and anxiety are super helpful. Very quickly with a bit of problem solving can work against the untrue and problematic thoughts


What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

Anxiety is a result of anxious thoughts. Sometimes our behavior enforces that thoughts


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- Brian E. Young

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-07-2017
  • Publisher: Random House Audio