When Panic Attacks - David D. Burns, M.D.

When Panic Attacks

By David D. Burns, M.D.

  • Release Date: 2006-05-09
  • Genre: Psychology
Score: 3.5
From 87 Ratings


The truth is that you can defeat your fears. With more than forty simple, effective techniques, you'll learn how to overcome every conceivable kind of anxiety without medication. 

Are you plagued by fears, phobias, or panic attacks? Do you toss and turn at night with a knot in your stomach, worrying about your job, your family, work, your health, or relationships? Do you suffer from crippling shyness, obsessive doubts, or feelings of insecurity? What you may not realize is that these fears are almost never based on reality. When you’re anxious, you’re actually fooling yourself, telling yourself things that simply aren’t true. See if you can recognize yourself in any of these distortions:

All-or-Nothing Thinking: “My mind will go blank when I give my presentation at work, and everyone will think I’m an idiot.”
Fortune Telling: “I just know I’ll freeze up and blow it when I take my test.”
Mind Reading: “Everyone at this party can see how nervous I am.”
Magnification: “Flying is so dangerous. I think this plane is going to crash!”
Should Statements: “I shouldn’t be so anxious and insecure. Other people don’t feel this way.”
Emotional Reasoning: “I feel like I’m on the verge of cracking up!”
Self-Blame: “What’s wrong with me? I’m such a loser!”
Mental Filter: “Why can’t I get anything done? My life seems like one long procrastination.”

Now imagine what it would feel like to live a life that’s free of worries and self-doubt; to go to sleep at night feeling peaceful and relaxed; to overcome your shyness and have fun with other people; to give dynamic presentations without worrying yourself sick ahead of time; to enjoy greater creativity, productivity and self-confidence. With these forty techniques, you'll be able to put the lie to the distorted thoughts that plague you and your fears will immediately disappear. Dr. Burns also shares the latest research on the drugs commonly prescribed for anxiety and depression and explains why they may sometimes do more harm than good.

This is not pop psychology but proven, fast-acting techniques that have been shown to be more effective than medications. When Panic Attacks is an indispensable handbook for anyone who’s worried sick and sick of worrying.


  • Helpful

    By Skyvr
    I screenshot the pages that I needed, sent them to my email, and printed them out! Hope this helps. Great book!
  • No forms? No exit.

    By The Dirt Farm
    The content is incredible; the ebook is a perfect trap. Here's what I mean: using the program depends on scads (80 or so) forms but you cannot print or download them from the ebook nor find them online. The kindly doc asks you to stop and fill them out every few pages or so. I complied as best I could and the stuff works in the magical way he describes. But there are too many forms, charts and complex names to work this method with just a notebook. I bought Good Mood Therapy and Relationships too. But all in electronic versions. It's frustrating. But I am identifying the feeling and taking steps . . . By writing! Buy dr burns book by all means but either get the print copy only or cough it up for both. I've seen others give codes for Internet content (Consumer Reports and Usborne do this. It would change this review to a 5.)
  • GREAT! …. with one small (actually fairly large) problem

    By MSC1121
    There is a wealth of GREAT information in this book! I have dealt with anxiety and panic attacks for most of my adult life (almost 15 years now). The information in this book is definitely helping me a great deal. the author requires you to fill out a few worksheets and surveys throughout the therapy. the problem is that these forms are stuck in the ebook. there is nowhere online to download them that i have found yet. I feel kind of like i'm being suckered into buying a hard copy of the book in addition to the digital copy just so I can get my hands on the forms. not cool. if anyone has any insight as to where to find these forms please let me know!! **update** I DO NOT recommend downloading this ebook. you have to use the worksheets to complete your therapy and they are NOWHERE to be found on the internet. I have contacted the author through two different contact emails on his site and have heard nothing back. if you want to use the techniques in this book (which have apparently worked for many many people) then find a hardcopy of this book. i feel like i've wasted my time and money with this one….can I get my money back?