there are some great books, namely "mind over mood" basically what we tell ourselves increases anxiety (and even causes anxiety) or depression. these books help with how to explore one's self talk and how to add more thoughts that lessen the intensity, I used to get panic attacks and stuff like that until I started "cognitive therapy" I don't need any medications. I was also in a support group and we did 'mind over mood" as a class together. Those on medication still had attacks and found that trying to aquire the habits of the course was much more helpful. you can order books online, and remember, avoidance causes anxiety to grow, (your coping strategies shrink..sorta don't use it you lose it, and you need coping strategies as a parent for yourself and for what you teach your kids) so you must find baby steps to get out of avoidance habit.
at 4:52 PM on Nov. 13, 2008