Did you know that most of us will experience a panic attack at some point in our lives? And over 11% of people will suffer from panic attacks to the point that it interferes with their ability to function.

Did you also know which superhero happens to be an expert on panic attacks? Batman! In this episode of The Arkham Sessions, we discuss the episode “Fear of Victory” from Batman: The Animated Series.

In this classic episode, the menacing, sadistic villain Scarecrow escapes from Arkham Asylum and targets all of Gotham City’s star athletes. But Scarecrow’s fear-inducing crimes are actually not the highlight of this episode. Rather, it’s the sudden onset of Robin’s panic attacks, his struggle to overcome his fears, and Batman’s surprising expertise in anxiety treatment that take center ring in this satisfying episode. Dr. Andrea Letamendi tries not to swoon over Batman’s psychological insight as she explains the physiology of panic attacks and the best way to treat debilitating anxiety. Listen to the episode to find out why Batman makes a good mentor, coach and therapist!

“I was scared to death! I couldn't even think. It was so unreal!” – Robin, explaining his first panic attack.

“Scarecrow’s fear toxin will wear off... but in the meantime, you've got to fight it! Regain control!” – Batman, coaching and encouraging Robin to help him overcome his debilitating panic attacks.

Related links:

Anxieties.com –  A web-based self-help resource about understanding anxiety disorders and learning how to successfully manage them.
Mastery of Your Anxiety and Panic – A well-established, scientifically proven treatment for panic disorder in the form of an easy-to-use workbook.

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