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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 episodes were subsiding. That experience changed 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. Because if he showed up in public there would be an attack, he learned to hide under a rock. The anxiety specialist helped but the real solution is not medical and psychological. How we look at anxiety and panic disorder needs to change. One of the most effective treatments is the psychological technique called cognitive restructuring. Because it gives a feeling of control to our mind, accognitive restructuring works. It gives us a feeling of security to our cognitive capability. 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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