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Master your panic and take back your life : twelve treatment sessions to conquer panic, anxiety, and agoraphobia
Beckfield, Denise F.
Personal Author:
Third edition.
Publication Information:
Atascadero, Calif. : Impact Publishers, [2004]

Physical Description:
xix, 278 pages ; 23 cm
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RC535 .B43 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Find out why you developed panic attacks in the first place and why they come back. Learn the tried and true SRB method to STOP panic the moment it strikes. Discover your personal triggers for panic and tackle them, one by one--the thoughts, the physical habits, even the emotional traps. So panic goes away and stays away. Find out the latest information on the best medications for panic. Identify the personal stresses and family backgrounds that can lead to panic. Learn to stop limiting yourself and get your life back--for GOOD. This practical, self-empowering book on overcoming agoraphobia and debilitating panic attacks is now completely revised and expanded to include the latest information and research findings on relaxation, breathing, medication and other treatments. Master Your Panic parallels an actual treatment program in which you are guided, step-by-step, through twelve self-help "treatment sessions." Proven, research-based methods are presented in easy-to-follow instructions, accompanied by numerous case examples. Includes guides for identifying triggers of panic attacks, challenging catastrophic thinking and for preventing relapse. Follow Dr. Beckfield's procedures to gain a thorough understanding of the disorder, and you can actually resolve the panic in your life.

Author Notes

Denise Beckfield, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist who has specialized in the treatment of panic and anxiety her entire career

Table of Contents

"First Aid" for Panicp. xviii
Introduction: What's In Store--And Is It for Me?p. 1
Session 1 What Is Panic?p. 5
Session 2 The Roots of Panic: Why Me?p. 17
Session 3 Panic and Personalityp. 34
Session 4 The Timing of Panic: Why Now?p. 46
Session 5 Take a Deep Breathp. 61
Session 6 When Panic Hitsp. 75
Session 7 The Triggers of Panic: How to "Catch" a Panic Attack Before It Catches Youp. 88
Session 8 Challenging Catastrophic Beliefsp. 106
Session 9 Taking Back Your Lifep. 129
Session 10 Internal Affairsp. 150
Session 11 The Question of Medicationsp. 163
Session 12 Where Have You Been? Where Are You Going?p. 176
Special Section: Everyday Anxietiesp. 195
Appendix I Troubleshooting: Controlled Breathingp. 220
Appendix II Alternatives to Controlled Breathingp. 229
Appendix III Troubleshooting: Exposurep. 232
Appendix IV Troubleshooting: Unsatisfying Outcomesp. 238
Appendix V Reference Notesp. 245
Appendix VI Record-Keeping Formsp. 266
Indexp. 273