Anxiety and Panic Attacks
Your Questions Answered
by Daniel Zwillenberg
April 2018, 160pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-5298-5
$45, £35, 40€, A62
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According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting about 25 percent of teens aged 13 to 18.

A new title in the Q&A Health Guides series, this book tackles readers' questions regarding anxiety and panic attacks, dispelling misconceptions and examining real-world scenarios that highlight important concepts and controversies.

How is social anxiety different from shyness or introversion? Are anxiety disorders only a problem in the Western, industrialized world, and if not, are they expressed differently in other cultures? Why do some people suffer from panic attacks while others do not? What kinds of therapy and medication are available for anxiety? What happens in therapy? How can well-meaning family and friends help a person with an anxiety disorder rather than make things worse?

Anxiety and Panic Attacks: Your Questions Answered addresses all of these topics and much more, presenting information in a question-and-answer format that makes finding the desired information easy. The book begins with a “Guide to Health Literacy” section that explains what health literacy is and provides readers with tools to improve their health literacy, and then examines five myths and misconceptions about anxiety and supplies five case studies that provide real-world context and reinforce the concepts discussed in the book. All of the Greenwood Q&A Health Guides series books are specifically designed to provide readers with authoritative yet accessible answers to their questions in a concise, targeted resource that they can trust to be medically accurate.


  • Specifically written as an easy-to-use, one-stop source of accessible information on a topic of interest and relevance to young readers and students—anxiety disorders and panic attacks
  • Examines controversies and debates regarding anxiety disorders and panic attacks in common culture; identifies causes and risk factors as well as typical symptoms; and considers national, global, historical, and cultural contexts
  • Includes an annotated directory of relevant organizations, websites, books, and journals that offer additional resources and a glossary that provides definitions of unfamiliar or technical terms
Daniel Zwillenberg, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist at McLean Hospital's 3East adolescent DBT program. He also holds an appointment as an instructor in psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.


"Anxiety and Panic Attacks explores its subject matter with compassion, dignity, and sensitivity. Recommended."—ARBA, July 3, 2018

Q&A Health Guides

All of us have questions about our health. Is this normal? Should I be doing something differently? Whom should I talk to about my concerns?

Greenwood’s Q&A Health Guides series addresses the questions and concerns of young readers on a wide variety of physical and mental health topics in an authoritative yet still accessible way. Each title follows a simple question-and-answer format that makes finding accurate information fast and easy. A collection of engaging case studies offers real-world insights, while a guide to common myths and misconceptions dispels the most pervasive and potentially dangerous misinformation about a topic. Each volume is rounded out with a primer on health literacy to equip readers with the critical thinking and decision-making skills they need for a lifetime of healthy living.
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