Panic and anxiety disorders are incredibly common.  In fact, a significant portion of the United States adult population suffers from an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives.  It is important for sufferers to realize that they are not alone.

It is my hope that this book has helped to answer your questions about anxiety and panic disorder.  There are so many things that are important for sufferers and their loved ones to know that doctor’s just don’t seem to share.  When you have the best resources and all of the best information, it can be much easier to find a treatment that will be effective to you.

It is important to keep in mind that medication, which sometimes necessary for short term treatment of anxiety that is crippling or that leaves someone at risk of harming themselves or others, can be a risky treatment for long term anxiety.  Studies have proven that cognitive behavioral therapy offers a greater chance of recovery and symptom reduction without the risks of side effects and dependency.  We live in a society where it seems that everyone wants to push drugs as some sort of miracle cure when in truth no such miracle exists.

There are a number of different anxiety disorders, and in some cases, patients can exhibit symptoms of more than one disorder at a time.  Obtaining a proper diagnosis can be further complicated by depression and other mental and physical health issues.  If you or someone you love is experiencing symptoms of anxiety, but your doctor doesn’t seem willing to provide you a diagnosis so that you can get the treatment that you need, speak to someone new.  Anxiety is a very treatable condition, but first you need to find someone who can offer you the treatment that you require.

Treating anxiety and panic is about a number of things.  Therapy is a very important element of your recovery, but so is having a strong support system and finding coping techniques that you can employ at home.  You also have to be willing to practice therapeutic techniques whenever you experience symptoms so that these methods can be as effective as possible.

Anxiety doesn’t have to be disabling and it doesn’t have to control your life.  It is my hope that you will use the information learned within these pages to help you get the help that you deserve.  At the end of this book, you will find an appendix of resources that can help you find more information on panic and anxiety disorders as well as where you can turn in your state or online for the help you need.




In this appendix, you will find an array of websites that can offer you more information on anxiety and panic disorders as well as resources that can help you find help and support both online and where you live and books that can offer more information.


Learning More About Anxiety and Treatment


Information on Anxiety


The Anxiety Disorders Association of America


The National Institute of Mental Health


The National Alliance on Mental Illness




The Office of the Surgeon General


The Mayo Clinic


General Anxiety Disorder


National Institute of Mental Health


Mayo Clinic


Social Phobia/Social Anxiety Disorder


The Social Anxiety Association


Mayo Clinic


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder


National Institute of Mental Health


Mayo Clinic


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder


National Institute of Mental Health


PTSD Alliance


Acute Stress Disorder


National Center for PTSD




Mayo Clinic


Specific Phobia


National Institute of Mental Health



Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder


National Institute of Mental Health


Mayo Clinic


Anxiety in Children


Anxiety Disorders Association of America


American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


Anxiety in the Elderly




Health Central


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy


Anxiety Network


Health Central


Brain Physics


Interoceptive Exposure


Relaxation Techniques


Healthy Place




Diet and Exercise






Mayo Clinic


Finding Therapists and Support Groups Near You


Anxiety Disorders Association of America


Find a Therapist


Psychology Today


American Psychological Association







Anxiety Disorders of America Support Groups


Online Counseling, Support Groups, and Forums


AnxietyZone (forums for an array of disorders)




Yahoo Anxiety Support Groups




Daily Strength


Find the Light


Therapy 24/7




Social Anxiety Forums




Anxiety Journey (Forum on natural and alternative treatments)





The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne


The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Anxiety by William J Knaus


Anxiety and Its Disorders by David H. Barlow


Anxiety Disorders and Phobias: A Cognitive Perspective by Aaron Beck, PhD, Gary Emery, and Ruth Greenberg


Cognitive Therapy of Anxiety Disorders by David A Clark PhD and Aaron Beck MD


What You Must Think of Me: A Firsthand Account of One Teenager’s Experience with Social Anxiety Disorder by Emily Ford, Michael Liebowitz, and Linda Wasmer Andrews


Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents by Wendy Silverman and Andrew Field


If Your Adolescent Has an Anxiety Disorder by Edna B.Foa and Linda Wasmer Andrews


Mood Disorders in Later Life by James M Elison, Helen H Kyomen, and Sumer Verma


Phone Numbers


Alcohol and Drug Help Line



Covenant House Nineline (help for youth and parents)



Kid Help (immediate help for kids and teens with mental health crises)



NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill



National Mental Health Association (free info on anxiety and other disorders)



National Institute of Mental Health (Info and literature on mental illness)



National Suicide Prevention Hotline (for anyone in crisis or emotional distress)



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