Once you start to pay attention to your thoughts, you will become aware that many of your thoughts are distorted, negative judgments about yourself, other people, or the future. These thoughts are called Automatic Negative Thoughts or ANTS, and most of us get them quite frequently.
Panic is a normal and natural response to the perception of an immediate threat or danger. This process has evolved over time to help protect us from danger, but unfortunately, the intense reactions often occur as a “false alarm”. In other words, the perceived threat is judged to be far worse that it actually is.