The takeaway from this densely-packed guide to overcoming anxiety attacks can be summed up in the statement, “Positive action gets results.” Author Reid Wilson, PhD, is the director of the Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center in Chapel Hill and Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Wilson provides a wealth of information as he treats the subject with the seriousness it deserves. He begins by describing a wide array of anxiety disorders, any one of which can reduce a person’s world to shambles.
For example, the reader is brought slowly into the real world of agoraphobia and the panic-prone personality by wayof scenarios that describe the cases of Donna, Dorothy Ann, and Sheryll. Dr. Wilson speaks directly to his reader, whom he considers to be a person with some form of panic disorder. He makes it known on several occasions that professional guidance in dealing with panic disorder and agoraphobia will be beneficial.
All possibilities and permutations of anxiety attacks are laid out in great detail. As the reader progresses through the discussion, promises of helpful and practical activities are referenced as being detailed in later chapters of the book. This method of slow, deliberate unfolding of assistance was a bit annoying; however, for someone who needs this type of guidance and assistance, it is likely the best approach.
The key to success in dealing with anxiety may very well be using Dr. Wilson’s techniques for changing the brain’s interpretation of events from stressful and threatening (calling forth an emergency response) to a much more manageable but annoying situation. Don’t Panic is intended for the dedicated reader who truly wants to get better.
Collins Living, $17.99, 400 pages.
This review was written by Joseph Arellano. Reprinted courtesy of Sacramento Book Review.