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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (January 2, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060927585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060927585
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A star in motivational broadcasting because of her long-running infomercial, "Attacking Anxiety," Bassett here offers self-help to sufferers from panic attacks, in a workbook format (with audio cassettes available), interspersed with anecdotes and personal experiences. Revealing her own struggles with anxiety and agoraphobia, which she calls "avoidance behaviors," Bassett describes and analyzes the many degrees and forms of anxiety, discomfort and stress that often characterize contemporary living for both adults and children. A popular talk-show guest, Bassett enacts her sense of mission in these pages with elan. $100,000 ad/ promo; author tour.
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From Library Journal

Bassett, executive director and founder of the Midwest Center for Stress and Anxiety, is perhaps best known for her successful infomercial, "Attacking Anxiety." Prior to this, she suffered from a serious anxiety disorder. Not only did she ultimately overcome that disability but she also found an extraordinary talent for helping others, which shines through in her first book. Her experiences will strike a chord in anyone who has problems with anxiety. Beyond that, her common-sense approach, which appears to use the same principles as cognitive therapy, conveys reassurance and hope. This extraordinary work reaches out to its readers and is bound to be helpful. In a class by itself, this is highly recommended for all public libraries.
January Adams, ODSI Research Lib., Raritan, N.J.
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If you have anxiety and/or panic attacks, buy this book!
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If you think you're going over the edge and that you will never feel better, please read this book.
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This book is truly a life saver and gives readers the hope and confidence they seek.
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94 of 104 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is without a doubt the best book written on the anxiety disorders. It is NOT written from a clinical standpoint, with scary and hard-to-understand language. Rather, it comes from the author's personal experiences (not some therapist's theory). The book lets you in on Ms. Bassett's life as a former panic sufferer and takes you on her personal road to recovery (It's possible!!). She offers everything from why people develop anxiety, how to conquer it, and encouragement every step of the way. She also has a wonderful audio program that you can get info on in this book. If you are suffering from anxiety, as I was when I found this book, I encourage you to read it. It's possibly the BEST self-help book on the market today. It truly changed my life.
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107 of 125 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
Several months ago, I started having panic attacks and overwhelming anxiety on an everyday basis, and I didn't know where to turn. Finally, in desperation, I bought this book...and well, this book literally changed my life! It made me realize that I was 100% in control of my anxiety and panic attacks, and only through changing my thoughts could I conquer my fears. Now I haven't felt overly anxious or had a panic attack in over 6 months, and my life has been so much better!! I also loaned this book to a close friend of mine who suffered from anxiety and panic attacks, and the next day, after reading almost the whole book in one night, she gave me a big hug and thanked me profusely for recommending it to her, because she now knows that she, too, can recover!!!! I can't say enough good things about this book!! If you have anxiety and/or panic attacks, buy this book! Buy this book! Buy this book!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By silhouette_of_enchantment on October 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
on stress and anxiety. I liked Lucinda's book because it was the first that gave me hope as a sufferer of anxiety disorder/agoraphobia. I saw there was someone who suffered through agoraphobia and had actually recovered completely.

I'd spent years in psychotherapy with doctors who treated me more as an object than a patient. My therapists really didn't do much to help me to recover, because most didn't understand what it was like to have anxiety disorder. Talking about problems regarding anxiety can only do so much if you don't have the skills to recover. And drug therapy, as beneficial as it is, is not always the solution to long-term recovery. I've known people who have been on a variety of anxiety-reducing medications for decades at a time.

Lucinda's book initially helped me to return to graduate school. This was big for someone who had panic attacks every three to four minutes, and who couldn't even read a novel, watch t.v., or go out places without a panic attack. But I admit I relapsed. But, it's only because I stopped using the techniques she outlines in the book. (When I had moved, I left her book at home.) Funnily enough, I relapsed after I started going to therapy at school believing that this would help me recover. My anxiety problems only grew worse and I became agoraphobic. For a few years afterward, I hated going inside grocery stores at all -- but, since I was alone -- I drove to them at an early hour to avoid as many people as possible. I also avoided shopping. I was homebound in my house for several years as well. I rediscovered Lucinda's book this year and purchased her tape series.

Lucinda's approach is cognitive/behavioral therapy in psychojargon. I'm not sure you'd get that from this book, but on the tapes she does so.
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122 of 148 people found the following review helpful By L. Epstein on September 7, 2006
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While I'm sure Lucinda has found a niche with this book and helped others, I would warn those in a deep depression or those struggling with severe anxiety to pass this by.

The book, to me, did not bring the results I had hoped for - it actually made me more aware of the difference between mild and serious anxiety/depression. If you have been treated for, or feel you have, severe depression there is a chance you may become more discouraged.

Lucinda dealt with anxiety about getting on a plane and speaking in front of people, among other things. I agree with some posters above that the emphasis is on her experience which held little more than her TV commercials contain.

The skills she suggest, basically positive thinking techniques, were nothing new. They can be found in other books and magazines. There were no insights.

Lucinda does not have a PhD and admits to only sharing her experience.

With so much hype about her books, a seriously depressed or person with a serious social anxiety disorder might just compare their pain with Lucinda and find they have have nothing in common and end up sinking lower.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Baker on March 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
I lived with panic attacks for four years before reading "From Panic to Power. My doctor told me there was no medical knowledge as to why panic attacks occurred and that this was a condition I would have to live with for the rest of my life. I was also told the only hope I had for relief from panic attacks was a lifetime of medication. I lived with this depressing diagnosis until I discovered Lucinda Basset on the Oprah Winfrey Show. She's not a doctor, rather someone who lived with panic attacks and learned how to recover through educating herself and having the courage to face her fears. In "From Panic to Power", Lucinda talks about her own journey from daily panic attacks to complete recovery. She also shares techniques that the reader can begin using immediately to reduce the severity and duration of panic attacks and eventually stop them altogether. After reading this book and practicing the techniques Lucinda teaches, I have fully recovered from panic attacks and I am no longer on any medication. I never thought this was possible and if I can do it anyone can. This book honestly changed my life forever.
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Lucinda Bassett is the founder and CEO of one of the most successful self-help companies in the country, the Midwest Center for Stress and Anxiety, Inc. Her audio program Attacking anxiety and Depression is used worldwide by health care organizations, hospitals, and universities. Author of the national bestseller From Panic to Power, Lucinda Bassett produces and hosts the award-winning infomercial "Attacking Anxiety." She has shared her techniques with such clients as McDonalds, Chrysler, and AT&T. She has appeared on numerous talk shows, including Oprah and The View, and been featured in Family Circle, Reader's Digest, and many more.

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