From Panic to Power: Proven Techniques to Calm Your Anxieties, Conquer Your Fears, and Put You in Control of Your Life

From Panic to Power: Proven Techniques to Calm Your Anxieties, Conquer Your Fears, and Put You in Control of Your Life

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by Lucinda Bassett
     
 

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From Panic to Power will take you on a transforming journey from fear, anxiety, and panic to success, personal power, and peace of mind. Lucinda Bassett developed the internationally acclaimed "Attacking Anxiety" program - a combination of techniques and skills that helps people suffering from anxiety and panic attacks to over come their fears and regain their

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From Panic to Power will take you on a transforming journey from fear, anxiety, and panic to success, personal power, and peace of mind. Lucinda Bassett developed the internationally acclaimed "Attacking Anxiety" program - a combination of techniques and skills that helps people suffering from anxiety and panic attacks to over come their fears and regain their independence. Her powerful program, which teaches people how to think differently and respond in a less anxious way, has already enabled thousands all over the world to transform their draining doubts, fears, and anxieties into powerful positive energy and newfound freedom.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060173203
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/1995
Pages:
263
Product dimensions:
5.74(w) x 8.48(h) x 1.10(d)

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Chapter One
All Things Are Possible

Come to the edge, He said.
They said, We are afraid.
Come to the edge, He said.
They came.
He pushed them...
And they flew.

-Guillaume Apollinaire

Here's the good news: you're special. If you are someone who experiences more than the average amount of anxiety, you are full of potential for greatness. Why? Because you probably have above average intelligence. You are highly creative with a fabulous imagination. You are detail-oriented and analytical. These are wonderful traits that can make you extremely successful and enable you to accomphsh great things. Unfortunately, people with anxiety disorders tend to use their attributes to scare themselves. They overintellectualize, overanalyze, and use their creativity to envision the worst possible scenarios. Used in a negative way, our wonderful traits can make us sick.

Let's pretend for a moment that you could turn all this anxious energy around and make it work for you instead of against you. Can you imagine how different your life might be? Ask yourself where you might be right now if anxiety and fear weren't holding you back. If anything were possible. What would you do differently if you weren't afraid to fail or to succeed, if you weren't afraid of anxious feelings or being alone? What if you weren't afraid to take chances, to get involved, or even to embarrass yourself a little? Your whole life might be different. You might be living somewhere else or working somewhere else. Possibly you would have different relationships. Or maybe you would be right where you are, but you'd be enjoying it a whole lotmore. It's not too late.

  • You are on the verge of change.
  • A Call To Freedom

    With this book, you can go to the edge and free yourself from anxiety. You can find freedom and take charge of your life, now and forever. As wonderful as that sounds, I know it also sounds scary. You need to trust yourself and know that you have all the tools necessary to get on the road to recovery and to build a good life for yourself. You just need a good foundation.

    When you embark on a learning process that will most assuredly change your life forever, don't you want to learn from someone who has overcome those debilitating fears? When you learn from someone who has done it, you can be reassured and motivated. That's where I come in. I've been there and I've made it out the other side.

    For many, many years I made excuses for why my life wasn't going the way I wanted it to. My anxiety was a frightening experience, but at the same time it was also my protection. My constant fears and body symptoms -- feelings of bewilderment, heart palpitations, dizziness -- gave me reasons not to do the things that really scared me, like taking chances, ending unhealthy relationships, standing up for and depending upon myself. I spent many years of my life feeling different from other people. I had scary thoughts about losing control. I often worried that I would embarrass myself or the people close to me.

    I had always considered myself independent. Energetic as a child, creative and fun loving as a teenager, I loved to have fun and do exciting things. Yet, I remember having scary thoughts as young as seven years old. By the age of nine, I had developed an eating disorder. The sight of food made me sick. Secretly, I thought I was dying of some horrible disease. Despite a substantial weight loss, I appeared happy, but I wasn't.

    As time passed, the eating problems dissipated and I developed another anxiety-related problem: irritable bowel syndrome. This frustrating problem is common to many people with anxiety disorder. By fourteen, everything in my life revolved around my fear of diarrhea. I made excuses about my comings and goings. My activities were extremely limited. I couldn't enjoy my teenage years.

    What happened to me is what happens to so many people. One fear created another. By my sixteenth birthday, a time when I should have been focused on boys and school, I was in a constant state of worry. I remember watching the news and hearing the usual stories about someone jumping out a window or hurting someone else and I would think, "What if I did that?" Of course I didn't tell anyone about my thoughts. There might have been something wrong with me and I didn't want anyone else to think I was strange. By the time I was eighteen, I was experiencing panic attacks regularly, feeling uncomfortable in any situation where I couldn't run if need be. I began making excuses for myself. The simplest things were difficult for me.

    One of my most difficult challenges was being in an unhealthy relationship. I knew I should leave, but I was so insecure about being alone, I couldn't end it. It turned out that I didn't have to; he ended it. Once on my own, I moved a few times and changed jobs and, although I was full of fear, anxiety, and self-doubt, I functioned. I somehow managed to stay in my comfort zone, physically and emotionally.

    By my early twenties, I wondered if I was losing my mind. Insanity was my biggest fear back then. I remember driving miles out of my way to avoid passing a state Psychiatric hospital, so afraid I might end up there. The interesting thing is that most people didn't notice my strange behavior. Even those closest to me didn't know about my hidden fears. This is typical.

  • When we are in an anxious episode, we think the whole world notices the things we do, yet very few people really do.
  • Everyone is focused on his own life just as we are.

    From Panic To Power. Copyright © by Lucinda Bassett. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

    Meet the Author

    Lucinda Bassett is the founder and CEO of one of the most successful self-help companies in the country, the Midwest Center for Stress and Anxiety, Inc. Her audio program Attacking anxiety and Depression is used worldwide by health care organizations, hospitals, and universities. Author of the national bestseller From Panic to Power, Lucinda Bassett produces and hosts the award-winning infomercial "Attacking Anxiety." She has shared her techniques with such clients as McDonalds, Chrysler, and AT&T. She has appeared on numerous talk shows, including Oprah and The View, and been featured in Family Circle, Reader's Digest, and many more.

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    From Panic to Power 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Pretty Annoyed at the fact that this book was supposed to be available mid-November and now it is postponed until mid-December. Waste of money in my opinion if I have to wait forever.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I preordered this book in April and still don't have it (it is now November) because the publisher keeps changing the date of availability. Wish I could get my money back!
    Hillsy More than 1 year ago
    I have her program "Attacking Anxiety and Depression". It's a very costly program, but helpful. This book is like a huge piece of the program in an easy to read and relatable book for anyone suffering with depression, or any of the many forms of anxiety. I have several, generalized anxiety disorder, ocd, panic disorder, PTSD, etc, and this book is something I can pick up to help me through any of the hard times with the symptoms of these disorders. I HIGHLY suggesst it to ANYONE suffering with these disorders. It gives you help and hope. Her story helps you remember YOU ARE NOT ALONE IN THIS!!! Millions suffer with these issues, and she's a true inspiration, turning her Anxiety into The Midwest Center for Stress and Anxiety, The Attacking Anxiety and Depression Program, and multiple self help books. You will not regret purchasing this book. I've had it for years, and it still helps me today!
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    I ordered this back in July and it was supposed to be available in Aug, then moved to Oct. Now not till Feb 2012??? I just want it refunded to my account or credited back to my account, I will never preorder a book again.
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    I loved it and treasure each word said because it really helps
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    Guest More than 1 year ago
    This book has been very inspireing for me. I never thought that a book could change your life, but this book has done just that. You can definitly benefit from reading this book. What do you have to lose.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    If you suffer with anxiety and panic attacks, you HAVE to read this book. It helped me so much that I have shared my copy with many of my friends. They ALL agreed that it was helpful. It is easy to read and offers many coping strategies.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    I highly recommend this book. I've suffered from anxiety, mild depression (from anxiety) and panic attacks. This book along with Lucinda's home study course has given me my life back. Im not fully recovered yet because Im still going through the home study course but it's already changed my life in so many ways. I truly thank Lucinda for sharing her life, and being so honest, and for helping all of us sufferers change our lives. Read it and it will change yours. Her honesty and experience with anxiety is far more helpful than any M.D. or pshycologist I've ever seen for my anxiety. This is book is such a small price to pay to help get your life back...buy the book!
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    i am not even finished with this book and i feel happier already. I though nothing would be able to help me and nobody would understand. in this book it feels as if Lucinda is talking directly to me and and i finally feel like someone understands my situation.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    I am purchasing this book tonight. I enjoyed reading the reviews and I really hope this book helps me get rid of my anxiety for ever. Any thought or advice would be greatly appreciated. Please e-mail me at EVEREALTOR@hotmail.com. Thanks in advance.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    I'm not even finished with this book and I am just amazed with it! It helps you to feel not alone or not being lectured becuase it comes from a personal point of view!! I LOVE THIS BOOK SO FAR! ;)
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    I developed severe panic disorder when I was 17 years old. I sought help from Dr.s of all sorts. I was convinced that my problem was medical. My Dr.s were convinced that it was a parasite. In three months I went from 135 pounds to 83 pounds and on the verge of death. I had developed a fear of food, a fear of leaving the house, eventually a fear of even leaving my couch. This book taught me things about myself that I had never understood. I could have never imagined that there were other people who had suffered from the same things. I am now 20 years old, 115 pounds, and as happy and as healthy as can be. I highly reccomend this book to anyone suffering from panic and anxiety.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    This book is excellent for readers who are suffering from anxiety, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorders. It is written by a former anxiety sufferer, so it is really easy to relate to and almost everyone with anxiety will identify with part of the book. It also gives practical advice on how to change certain behaviors to combat anxiety attacks or anxious feelings. I highly recommend this book for anyone who has(or knows someone who has) anxiety or panic attacks.