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Panic Disorder: General Information

Websites

General

  1. Internet Mental Health's summary page on Panic, with links

  2. Nice basics, courtesy of your government tax dollar

  3. About.com -- a wealth of stuff, don't get lost (or come back when you're thinking about treatment)

Treatment (see my essay on this first -- that's the whole point of this site)

  1. Use one of the books below, as I'm not able to find an equivalent on the web

  2. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: a summary by an expert

  3. An example of someone trying to make money with an untested treatment approach

Books

1. A very good older book I've recommended is: 

Anxiety, Phobias, and Panic : A Step-By-Step Program for Regaining Control of Your Life by Reneau Z. Peurifoy

for which one could hardly find a bubblier review (this one from Amazon.com):

"This book avoids all the hype and moralizing and psychobabble, the useless anecdotes so often found in the "Quick Tips To Anxiety Relief" genre. It's a solid, step-by-step program of cognitive techniques which, when practiced and mastered SLOWLY over time, can change your life. I know from personal experience. After three years of therapy for Generalized Anxiety Disorder, I decided I was getting worse, not better. I had the good fortune to find this book at the library, and was excited to see that it took the responsibility for "changing me" out of the hands of a therapist and put the responsibility squarely where it belonged: on me. Starting in 1992 I spent over a year mastering the skills, and still use the book once a month for reference and a bit of a "refresher course." What can I say? My symptoms have vanished! No more undiagnosable stomache and joint aches, no more pills, no more panic attacks. Even my ALLERGIES have disappeared! It's amazing how much of our poor health is stress-related, and even more amazing how a book like this can help one to unlearn a lifetime of bad thought habits (like perfectionism.) If you're motivated to change your life, the program works. That's the best review I can give it!"

2. A recent search on Amazon.com produced this book:

An End to Panic : Breakthrough Techniques for Overcoming Panic Disorder by Elke Zuercher-White

as a good self-help option I can identify from reviews, such as the following

A concise, readable collection of Cognitive-Behavioral techniques for overcoming a very common and debilitating clinical condition. Filled with valuable charts and ideas for aiding patients in graphing their thoughts and emotions.