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Overcoming Anxiety, Second Edition by O. Joseph Bienvenu, Joni E. Johnston

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Introduction

At 12:11 A.M. on January 1, 1995, I welcomed my first-born into the world after 22 hours of labor and a C-section. On January 3, I experienced my first panic attack. Just home from the hospital, I had easily fallen asleep, only to be awakened out of a dead slumber a few hours later, gasping for breath and heart racing.

I had no idea what was happening. I remember jumping out of bed, stumbling down the stairs, and throwing the door open. The cold January air seemed to snap me back to reality and help me regain control of my breathing. I spent the next few hours terrified of going back to sleep, afraid of the dark, and wondering if I was experiencing some weird reaction to the anesthesia or if I was losing my mind. Over the next six ...

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