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A close family member of mine suddenly started suffering from panic attacks that were leaving them locked in their rooms for hours or even days. Within a few days the panic attacks were subsiding. That experience altered my thinking on how we treat anxiety and panic attacks. The family member with panic disorder was never taught how to face his panic attacks. He learned to hide under a rock because if he showed up in public there would be an attack. The anxiety specialist helped but the real solution is psychological and not medical. How we look at anxiety and panic disorder needs to change. One of the most effective treatments is the psychological technique called cognitive restructuring. We must find a way to look at our anxiety and panic attacks in a way that allows us to learn new skills to reduce or eliminate the anxiety that causes the attack. A simple method is to learn how to face our panic attack in a way that allows us to use the techniques I've written about in my Panic Away books.

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