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Top 5 Self-Help Books for Panic Disorder

Coping Strategies for Managing Panic Symptoms

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Updated July 08, 2011

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Self-help books can offer guidance, inspiration, and specific exercises to help build coping skills and manage panic disorder symptoms. These types of books are often recommended by psychotherapists as a way for a person diagnosed with panic disorder to learn more about their condition and to practice concrete techniques between sessions. 

The activities referenced in these books typically include step-by-step instructions on self-help strategies for dealing with panic symptoms. Read these self-help books to learn methods that can help lower your anxiety and assist in regaining some control over panic.

1. When Panic Attacks

David D. Burns, M.D.

Based on the principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy, this book provides numerous techniques to help readers change negative thought processes and possibly conquer fear. This book is intended for those with panic disorder with or without agoraphobia. However, many of the exercises can be applicable to any anxiety-related disorder, such as social phobia or OCD.

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2. The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook

Edmund J. Bourne, Ph.D.

Now in its fifth edition, this workbook is a comprehensive guide to understanding and coping with panic disorder and other conditions associated with anxiety and fear. Proven methods to manage symptoms are thoroughly reviewed, including chapters on nutrition and exercise, relaxation techniques, and guided imagery.     

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3. A Life Less Anxious

Steve Pavilanis

Written by a man who has suffered with anxiety and panic attacks himself, this book offers a candid look at how the author learned to cope with anxiety-related issues. Readers will learn about the author’s road to recovery, including specific self-help techniques to practice themselves.   

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4. Panic Attacks Workbook

David Carbonell, Ph.D.

With step-by-step instructions and specific coping techniques, this book explains how to manage every facet of panic attacks. The cognitive-behavioral techniques in this book include in-depth instructions on panic diaries, systematic desensitization, deep breathing, and relaxation techniques.  

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5. Mind Over Mood

Christine A. Padesky, Ph.D. & Dennis Greenberger, Ph.D.

Written by two expert clinicians in cognitive-behavioral therapy, this workbook outlines techniques that can assist in changing one’s thoughts and behaviors. Easy-to-use worksheets and charts are provided to track progress, including the popular mood-rating logs.

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