WHEN PANIC ATTACKS
The New, Drug-Free Anxiety Therapy
That Can Change Your Life
By David D. Burns, M.D.
"Another masterpiece from the author who helped millions help themselves with Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy. Dr. Burns' 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, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of the York University Anxiety Research Clinic
is the most common mental health problem of all. Whether it’s as mild as
shyness and chronic worrying or as severe as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, most of us suffer from some type of anxiety.
Your doctor will probably tell you that these conditions result
from a chemical imbalance in the brain, and therefore drugs represent the
best—and only—effective treatment.
so, says highly regarded psychiatrist and bestselling author David Burns, M.D.
in his new book WHEN PANIC ATTACKS
(Broadway Books; June 12, 2007; 464 pages; 978-0-7679-2083-4; $14.95).
According to Dr. Burns, there's no convincing evidence that anxiety results from
a chemical imbalance in the brain. Furthermore, every
type of anxiety—including chronic worrying, phobias, test anxiety, social
anxiety, public speaking anxiety, Panic Disorder, hypochondriasis,
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Body
Dysmorphic Disorder—can be treated effectively and quickly without
Burns explains that anxiety, like depression, is never caused by reality, but
rather from the negative way we think about things. When we're feeling anxious
or insecure, we're involved in a gigantic mental con but we don't realize it. Do
any of these thoughts sound familiar?
just know this plane is going to run
into turbulence and crash."
if my mind goes blank when I give my presentation at work? Everyone will see how
nervous I am and think that I’m a complete idiot."
am I so shy and insecure? Other people don't feel this way. I'm such a
feel like I'm about to crack up and have a nervous breakdown."
WHEN PANIC ATTACKS, Dr. Burns shows readers how to defeat their
fears without having to take pills or delve into the past. He describes 40
powerful anti-anxiety techniques and shows readers how to select the methods
that will work best for them. He brings these techniques to life with stories of
real people who quickly overcame every conceivable type of anxiety, emphasizing
that the goal is not just feeling somewhat better, but complete and lasting
you're worried sick and sick of worrying, if you've spent sleepless nights
obsessing about your work, family, relationships, or health, and you want to
enjoy greater creativity, productivity, and self-confidence, WHEN PANIC ATTACKS is the
book for you.
Drug-Free Anxiety Therapy That Can Change Your Life
David D. Burns, M.D.
by Broadway Books
Doubleday Broadway Publishing Group
12, 2007/Trade Paperback
464 pages; ISBN: 978-0-7679-2083-4
WHEN PANIC ATTACKS
D. Burns, M.D. is an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and
Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine and has served
as Visiting Scholar at
Dr. Burns has won numerous research, teaching and
media awards, but is best known for his phenomenally successful self-help books,
such as Feeling Good and the Feeling
Good Handbook, which have sold more than 5 million copies in the
In recent years, more than 50,000 mental health
professionals have attended Dr. Burns' training programs throughout the
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