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A close relative of mine instantly started dealing with panic disorder that were leaving them locked in their rooms for many hours or even days. Initially I was seeking anxiety counseling near me, however because of the lockdown I could not locate any individual. I did find an anxiety specialist who worked via conference calls and I put them in touch with my relative. Within a few days the panic attacks were subsiding. And only a handful of sessions later they were feeling stronger, much more hopeful and resilient that this tough episode had passed. 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. 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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