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“From her experience successfully treating hundreds of patients, and from her review of the voluminous literature in the area, Dr. Beckfield has distilled the essence of effective treatment into the most readable book on the topic I have seen.”
John Greist, MD, author, Anxiety and Its Treatment, Clinical Director of Psychiatry, University of Washington Medical School


“Of all the clinical self-help books on panic disorder, Master Your Panic And Take Back Your Life is the best. I use the book as required reading for the individual and group therapy I conduct for clients with panic disorder and high anxiety. It is excellent, easily understandable and with self-help exercises that really make a difference. I recommend they read others, but I require this one.”
Tom Parsons, MA, LPC , co-founder: The SHYNESS Institute of Colorado


“The minute I finished reading [this book], I wanted to hop right on a plane and fly out to meet with Dr. Beckfield in person. It is written with unbelievable understanding and compassion. I keep a copy at home and work. It comes in handy for me and also for others who may try to understand their condition... I recommend the book highly to anyone with panic and anxiety. It's a magnificent book.&rdquo
M.L., a reader in Clearwater Beach, FL


“...Especially noteworthy are chapters 2, 3, and 4, helping clients to trace both the lifetime origins as well as the daily antecedents of their panic episodes. I haven't seen this covered so well anywhere else.”
Edmund Bourne, PhD, author, Anxiety, Fears and Phobias


“...best book of its kind.&rdquo
Albert Ellis, PhD, President, Albert Ellis Institute, New York


“I just turned 40 years old... I've been suffering from periodic attacks since I was 24 years old... Right now I feel 100% like my 'old' self... You have helped me&rdquot;
A grateful reader, Memphis, TN


“...Dr. Beckfield clearly understands this exquisitely uncomfortable disorder...”
THE WILSON LIBRARY JOURNAL


“I was quite surprised at the impact the book had on me... This book is just what we need! [It is]... user-friendly, based on sound, research-based techniques, yet also addresses emotional issues such as loss, and unresolved grief or anger (something we find hard to release)... Dr. Beckfield truly understands the agony and struggle that her clients and readers experience... excellent book.”
—From a review in The Mountain Climber


“As a therapist, I am delighted to have learned of a book which I can use with my anxiety and panic disorder patients... as a professor, I look forward to the opportunity to utilize your book as a text, or as recommended reading for some of my courses...”
Janice Kinter, PhD, former Director of Clinical Placement, Psychology, California Graduate Institute


&ldquot;...a valuable resource for people with panic disorder.”
Jeffrey E. Heckler, PhD, University of Maine Department of Psychology, book review, the Behavior Therapist

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MASTER YOUR PANIC...AND TAKE BACK YOUR LIFE!

Revised, updated and improved to reflect the latest techniques, the Third Edition of MASTER YOUR PANIC AND TAKE BACK YOUR LIFE makes an old favorite even better!

--Find out why you developed panic attacks in the first place and why they come back. --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. --Learn to stop limiting yourself and get your life back -- for GOOD.

Includes: --Discussion of the family backgrounds and personal stresses that can lead to panic. --Updates on the best medications for panic, and the best ways to utilize them. --The latest diagnostic criteria for panic attacks, panic disorder and agoraphobia. --Step-by-step instructions for the two major types of "exposure therapy" -- the most powerful method available for eliminating panic attacks, agoraphobia and catastrophic thinking -- and the latest research comparing the two. --"Special helps" on major strategies and handy record-keeping forms, all easily reproducible by readers, therapists and group leaders.

"From her experience successfully treating hundreds of patients, and from her review of the voluminous literature in the area, Dr. Beckfield has distilled the essence of effective treatment into the most readable book on the topic I have seen... The information conveyed so skillfully in [the book] will also help families and friends understand the many bewildering effects of panic and agoraphobia... superb book." --John Greist, M.D. Author, ANXIETY AND ITS TREATMENT Clinical Director of Psychiatry University of Washington Medical School

"Especially noteworthy are chapters 2, 3, and 4, helping clients to trace both the lifetime origins as well as the daily antecedents of their panic episodes... I haven't seen this covered so well anywhere else." --Edmund Bourne, Ph.D. Author, THE ANXIETY & PHOBIA WORKBOOK

"As a therapist, I am delighted to have learned of a book which I can use with my anxiety and panic disorder patients... as a professor, I look forward to the opportunity to utilize your book as a text, or as recommended reading for some of my courses..." --Janice Kinter, Ph.D. Former Director of Clinical Placement, Psychology, California Graduate Institute

DENISE BECKFIELD, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist who has specialized in the treatment of panic and anxiety her entire career, and who has written and spoken to both professionals and anxiety sufferers on topics including susceptibility to panic disorder, its emotional underpinnings and its treatment.

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Product Details

  • Series: Master Your Panic & Take Back Your Life
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Impact; Third Edition edition (February 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886230471
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886230477
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Psychologist Denise F. Beckfield specializes in treating panic and anxiety. She has maintained a clinical practice for more than fifteen years, as well as written and lectured extensively about panic and anxiety. The second edition of Master Your Panic And Take Back Your Life: Twelve Treatment Sessions To Overcome High Anxiety updates research used in the popular first edition. It includes new information on how family backgrounds can contribute to anxiety disorders, an update on medications, and easier-to-use forms.
Dr. Beckfield set up the book "in twelve step-by-step 'sessions' that parallel those of an in-person treatment program." Each session includes exercises that "will help you tailor the lessons to your own unique circumstances." Most chapters also include "Special Help" summaries that provide additional information for specific situations.
The first few chapters discuss exactly what panic and anxiety are, and how they develop in various individuals. Dr. Beckfield then explains why panic and anxiety attacks happen in some circumstances and not in others that may seem similar. She then describes the "triggers" and teaches readers how to stop a developing attack.
One chapter discusses the various medications available, and how each one works. Dr. Beckfield says that the decision as to whether or not to take medication is an individual one, but emphasizes that it's important to work on overcoming anxiety by other means even when taking medications. That's because most medications are effective only in the short term and can't be relied upon for long-term relief.
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After being diagnosed with Panic Disorder and informing my psychotherapist that I DID NOT want medicine to deal with it, I set out to educate myself as much as I could. There are many books out there on the subject and I looked at so many that were filled with hard-to-understand language and information about the different medications used to treat Panic Disorder. Luckily, I happened upon this book! From the moment I began reading it, I knew I could deal with the anxiety attacks on my own. It offers valuable and simple techniques for both getting rid of the anxiety when it chooses to set in and for overcoming the agoraphobia that often accompanies panic disorder. Before I had this book, I was afraid to leave my house for fear I would die somewhere out in the street or in my car. While reading this book, I was empowered with techniques to live more confidently and not be so afraid of the uncomfortable feelings of anxiety. I am happy to say that I rarely, if ever, get panic attacks anymore and I credit this book 100% with helping me to overcome them.
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If you're in the middle of a panic attack, you don't want to have to wade through a lot of psych theory to explore the underlying causes of your fears and vulnerabilities. You want fast relief. The beauty of this book is, you can use it like a first aid manual to get a grip immediately. Later, when you're calmer, you can go back and work through its very practical exercises to help you better understand the nature of your attacks and what you can do next time to halt them.
Forget standard psychobabble; Beckfield uses her in-depth understanding of important emotional themes underlying panic to help you figure out your own, unique sensitivities. You're encouraged to look at aspects like genetics, personality traits, and early experiences that may have lowered your anxiety threshold, as well as touchy issues like loss and anger that feed into panic attacks. Eye-opening quizzes and exercises are a big help here -- you'll learn a lot about your feelings and thought patterns that cause physical reactions like shaking, palpitations, dizziness, chills, nausea, chest pain, and that horrible sensation of losing control or "going crazy." Using simple techniques like the controlled breathing exercise to help you chill out quickly during anxious times, you'll realize the scary sensations not only do pass; in time, you can make them disappear completely.
Beckfield advocates keeping a journal to note panic episodes, record your feelings at the time, and also chart positive actions and successes. It really personalizes this conscious, ongoing process of creating your own "comfort zone." The book also includes an up-to-date discussion of the latest medications used to control panic attacks, as well as a section on mindful meditation. Even if you don't suffer from full-blown panic attacks, but have near-panic episodes, anxiety in specific situations, or chronic low-level anxiety, you'll find useful ways of taking charge and staying calm.
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The techniques in the book help me overcome panic attacks that had become overwhelming and kept me from doing many of the things I most enjoyed. If you have panic attacks and want to learn how to deal with them and overcome them, please read this book. I know it can work for you too.
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I've read darn near every book there is on panic and anxiety. This is by far the best book I've read on the subject. The author discusses the possible reasons behind having panic attacks, and I'm a poster child for most of them! To some, knowing the "whys" isn't as important as knowing how to stop them, but to some people like me, knowing why validates it and makes me realize that there are outside forces involved. Definitely worth checking out and following.
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