Dr James Manning on A Journey with Panic: WITH the LATEST ADVICE on how to STOP PANIC SYMPTOMS

A Journey with Panic received a 4+ star review, making it an IndieReader Approved title.

Following find an interview with author Dr James Manning.

What is the name of the book and when was it published?

A Journey with Panic, published 28th July 2016.

What’s the book’s first line? 

I suffered with mental health problems for many years before I got the help I needed, and in more stressful periods of my life, I experienced panic attacks from time-to-time.

What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”. 

In this book we take the reader through all the things that they might need to know about panic attacks, just as we would for clients that come to see us in our clinical practice. The order that information is delivered in is very important, as each new chapter builds upon the previous one. The ideas that we cover in this book are highly effective at helping people in the ‘real world’. If readers follow the strategies in this book, they will be using tried and tested techniques that have been used effectively by psychologists and therapists for decades.

I would like to add a little caveat however. All self-help books are just aides. I have not read one self-help book that can match the impact of a trained therapist. 

What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event? 

I experienced panic attacks as a young person and I found self-help books that I read at the time really helpful. These books are now out of print so I decided to write my own updated CBT-based version.

I found that sharing my own experiences of panic attacks over the years gave many clients a source of comfort, so I decided to make this book semi-autobiographical. Many professionals have a tendency to set themselves apart from the people that they work with, perhaps due to fear or other factors. I hope that this book can help to bridge the gap between therapists and their clients.

What’s the main reason someone should really read this book? 

This book is not designed to temporarily uplift people, motivate them, or empower them for a day or so. The strategies in this book have been created to change people’s lives permanently.

When did you first decide to become an author?

As a child I collected second-hand books and was fascinated by them. For as long as I can remember I wanted to become a writer, and a psychologist. I am privileged to be able to do both.

Is this the first you’ve written?

I wrote ‘Think About Your Thinking: To Stop Depression with Dr Nicola Ridgeway in 2008. This book was published by W. Foulsham & Co. It sold about 5000 copies, practically all in the UK.  

How much time do you generally spend on your writing?

I spend about 3 or 4 hours a day writing, usually first thing in the morning.

Would you go traditional if a publisher came calling?  If so, why?  

No, definitely not. I like to continuously update my books. I am quite a perfectionist, and print on demand allows me to improve them whenever I want to. 

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