Panic attack is not an attack but a reaction.

Recently at my father-in-law’s funeral I struck up a conversation with a family member on the topic of panic attacks. She had recently begun to date a gentleman who struggles with panic attacks and to help him she started to research the topic. She discovered a helpful resource written by David Carbonell entitled “Panic Attacks Workbook. A Guided Program for Beating the Panic Trick.” I was interested in learning more about panic attacks as I have family members and friends who suffer from them. Below are a few excerpts from the workbook that captured my attention. This workbook shows you how to beat the trick, with a step-by-step guide from panic to recovery. The proven methods in this book show how to identify the panic trick and empower you with the tools to address your fears and solve this debilitating problem.

-The Panic attack tricks you into thinking that you need to be saved, although you are in no danger.
-The fear is real. “It’s not just in your head.” The problem is, you’re experiencing this real fear when there’s no real danger.
-Panic actually tricks you into acting in ways that maintain and strengthen the panic.
-Panic attack is not an attack but a reaction.
-The goal is to wait for it to end without getting caught up in the turmoil it offers. Because it always ends!
-If you recognize the phobic self talk for the trash talking it is you’re probably going to skip it.
-Your thoughts lose their emotional punch as you repeat them over and over again.
-When you experience a panic attack, become consciously aware of your gut reaction and do the opposite.
-Accept a panic attack by responding to it the same way that you would respond to a policeman who pulls you over for speeding.
-If you humor thoughts they tend to fade away. (They’re the mental equivalent of trash talking.)

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