Panic attacks are a totally normal challenge to deal with on the journey of recovery out of many mental illnesses. But they often become an experience we try to avoid, which only makes the illness worse and brings even more panic attacks and even worse ones into our lives.

In this video, I share an inspiring story from Steven C. Hayes, the researcher/therapist that developed Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, about his experiencing overcoming panic attacks, and I explain how I approached panic attacks, as a totally natural experience to intentionally welcome as I developed the skills to handle those feelings in a healthy way.

Here is the TedX talk from Steven C. Hayes: “Psychological flexibility: How love turns pain into purpose”

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