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.


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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One Of The Best Books I've Read For Anxiety Help

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

Tools to use.

What did you like best about this story?

Lots and lots and lots of tactics to use for anxiety help. For example get out of "all or nothing" thinking which really helped me. I guess the same as binary thinking. So helpful and many more examples.

Which scene was your favorite?

The moment where women got over her panic attacks in David's office by doing jumping jacks and exercising while having one. Demonstrating to herself that nothing bad would happen.

What did you learn from When Panic Attacks that you would use in your daily life?

Don't believe everything you think. Also, anxiety relapse is 100% going to happen, just stick with the tools and get past it.

Any additional comments?

This is a book that I will get coming back to. Get it!

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- Daniel "Audible fanatic"

Book Details

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