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Don't Panic Book – 2009 Edition

by Reid Wilson, Ph.D.

Publisher: HarperPerennial

ISBN: 0-06-095160-5



Don’t Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks
Third Edition - 2009

  • 381 in-depth pages, written for the patient
  • The attitudes that promote recovery & the strategies to overcome panic, plus more than 50 pages of new content
  • Self-help skills for panic disorder, social phobias and the fear of flying
  • The most comprehensive evaluation of all recommended medications


Are you one of the more than nineteen million Ameri­cans who suffer from anxiety? Don't panic. Newly re­vised and expanded, this book offers a straightfor­ward and remarkably effective self-help program for overcoming panic and coping with anxious fears. With insight and compassion, Reid Wilson, Ph.D., de­mystifies anxiety attacks and provides indispensable advice, including:

  • how a panic attack happens, what causes it, and how it can affect your life
  • how to recognize, manage, and control the mo­ment of panic
  • how to control the chronic muscle tensions that increase anxiety
  • how to conquer fear and face problems with con­fidence
  • how to decide which medication is right for you
  • how to establish reachable goals and rediscover the joy of living

Take control of your life again with this imminently practical guide.

About the Author

REID WILSON, Ph.D. is Director of the Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center and is an international expert in the treatment of anxiety disorders, with books translated into nine languages. He is author of Stopping the Noise in Your Head: The New Way to Overcome Anxiety and Worry (HCI Books) and Don't Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks (Harper) and Facing Panic: Self-Help for People with Panic Attacks (ADAA), is co-author, with Dr. Edna Foa, of Stop Obsessing! How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions (Bantam), is co-author, with Lynn Lyons, LICSW, of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous & Independent Children (HCI Books) and of Playing with Anxiety: Casey’s Guide for Teens and Kids. He is co-author of Achieving Comfortable Flight, a self-help package for the fearful flier.  He designed and served as lead psychologist for American Airlines' first national program for the fearful flier. He serves as the Expert for WebMD’s Anxiety and Panic Community. His free self-help website – www.anxieties.com – serves 500,000 visitors per year. Television appearances include The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Katie Show, Good Morning America, and CNN. He has served as psychologist in an episode of A&E’s Hoarders. In 2014 he was honored with the highest award given by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and he was presented the 2019 Service Award by the International OCD Foundation.

Table of Contents


(Third Edition - 2009)

Table of Contents

Part I: Identifying the Problem
1. Introduction: The Panic Attack 
2. Physical Causes of Paniclike Symptoms 
3. Panic within Psychological Disorders 
4. Agoraphobia and the Panic-Prone Personality 
5. Four Complicating Problems
6. Panic in the Context of Heart and Lung Disorders

Part II: The Nature of Anxiety Attacks
7. The Anatomy of Panic
8. Who's in Control?
9. Why the Body Reacts

Part III: Don’t Panic Live: Your Moment-by-Moment Strategies
10. Grab a New Attitude
11. Experience: The Greatest Teacher
12. Look for More
13. Stand without Crutches
14. Talk to Panic

Part IV: Support When You Need It 
15. Your Mind’s Observer
16. Find Your Observer 
17. Take a New Stance: Your Supportive Observer 
18. Take the Hit
19. Face Panic
20. The Use of Medications