Tom Bunn has just released Panic Free: The 10-Day Program to End Panic, Anxiety, and Claustrophobia.
Panic and its close cousins’ anxiety and claustrophobia have long been problems without reliable solutions. In most cases, the estimated six million Americans who suffer from a panic disorder receive only marginal relief from psychotherapy ( usually cognitive behavioral therapy), medication, or the two combined.
After years of working to help suffers, licensed therapist and author Tom Bunn discovered a highly effective solution that utilizes a part of the brain not affected by the stress hormones that bombard a person experiencing panic. This “unconscious procedural memory” can be programmed to control panic by preventing the release of stress hormones and activating the parasympathetic nervous system. It sounds complicated but is not, requiring just 10 days and no drugs or doctors.
We talk about
- How stress hormones affect anxiety
- How to link the stressor to a calming image
- Agoraphobia and panic attacks
- How relationships affect our stress and panic levels
- Common symptoms of panic
- How to fly panic free
- How to redirect anxiety-producing thoughts
- Why drugs do not work long term
- How imagined danger can cause panic more than a real danger
- The most important thing a person in the midst of panic needs to know
- How oxytocin works with panic
Panic Free offers readers a step-by-step solution for training the brain to stop panic before it starts. In parts 1–3 of the book, Bunn explains the physiological and psychological mechanisms that lead to panic. Then, in part 4, he leads the reader step by step through a ten-day program to establish automatic control of panic, so they can learn to put the frustration, worry, and distress of panic and claustrophobia behind them, both in the air and on the ground.
Tom Bunn, LCSW, is the author if Panic Free: The 10 Day Program to End Panic, Anxiety, and Claustrophobia, which is the result of his many years addressing flight panic in his role as an airline pilot. He is also a licensed therapist, regular contributor to Psychology Today, and a former U.S. Air Force captain who flew the Air Force’s first supersonic jet fighter, the F-100.