an end to panic
breakthrough techniques for overcoming panic disorder.
elke zuercher-white, ph.d.
A full-blown panic attack can be terrifying – whether it lasts only a few minutes or returns in waves over an hour or longer. Suddenly, unexpectedly, you’re fighting for breath. Your heart pounds or races, you feel dizzy or faint, or you experience flashes of hot and cold. You feel a sense of unreality, of slipping out of control…
The good news is that you can learn to cope with and overcome panic attacks. An End to Panic brings together in-depth coverage of the state-of-the-art treatment strategies, using a supportive, interactive format that lets you move forward with confidence, one step at a time.
You’ll learn how the physiology of your panic works, and then master the skill of breathing retraining – a technique for severing the connection between panic and hyperventilation. You’ll go on to target catastrophic thinking, learn how to take charge of your fear-fuelling thoughts, and follow step-by-step instructions for learning “Interoceptive Desensitisation,” a new and proven technique that allows you to feel the symptoms of panic and overcome the fear associated with them.
With the physical symptoms of panic under control, you’ll go on to learn skills for challenging and mastering fearful situations and coping with stress and conflict in your life. Final sections offer concrete strategies for avoiding relapse and beginning to really enjoy life.