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5.0 out of 5 stars A life saving book, October 2, 2007
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This review is from: When Panic Attacks: The New, Drug-Free Anxiety Therapy That Can Change Your Life (Paperback)
As someone who struggled with panic attacks for over 25 years, I have read a lot of books about anxiety. I now plan to get rid of all of the others! I read Dr. Burns' Feeling Good at my lowest point last year and it was a lifeline for me. That book focuses more on depression, and while some of the information in it applied to anxiety, I kept wishing he would write a book specifically on anxiety. This book has advice and exercises for every type of anxiety. Whether you have job performance anxiety, social anxiety, fear of riding in elevators or having blood drawn, the tools you need to overcome your fears are in here.

The key is--and Dr. Burns reinforces this point--you have to do the exercises in order to feel better. This means actually writing your answers on paper. It also means, in many cases, facing your fears. His methods combine exposure therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. His words are warm and humorous, and you will feel supported as you break down barriers you may have built up for years.

Dr. Burns has improved my life immeasurably. I, and all of my loved ones who have had to suffer along with me for so many years, are grateful! Buy this book and try the exercises.
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Initial post: Jan 7, 2010 9:17:28 AM PST
It was almost like reading a book when you posted this review. I have struggled for about 40 years with anxiety and depression. This last 6 months have been the worst. I am going to get this book and work the exercises so that I can get some piece of mind. Thanks for the review:0)

Posted on Apr 24, 2015 4:04:51 PM PDT
i need this says:
I think one of the pieces people miss when they read that facing your fears is what will bring relief, they often think that is what will completely eliminate their fear. I think more complicated fears like social anxiety tend to be something that can't be overcome, since rarely do you see people just "facing their anxiety" and permanently set in that manner. It can be nice to know that the fear you have is normal and that it CAN be overcome, but realistically, some fears will just come back after the trigger has been set off. But like I say it's probably invalulable to some people to know that once in their life they have overcome the fear and it would be possible if they truly cared.
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