REVIEW COMMENTS  

Goodreads… Gwessie Tee’s Reviews: Reunited With Her Army Doc (Five Stars): It was amazing. Utterly fantastic read, definitely love this book and looking forward to reading the next one too. I won't give spoilers what I will say is that this awesome read has everything you can want as well as a little mystery, I utterly adore this story and the characters and glad there will be more.

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Saved by Doctor Dreamy by Dianne Drake: What an enjoyable, fast-paced read Ms. Drake has penned in this story about a heroine wanting to become more independent, a hero running from his past and where the plot kept me entertained from start to finish due to the medical challenges these two face, their back stories and their growing relationship...Overall, Ms. Drake has penned a really good read in this book where the chemistry was wonderful, the main characters illustrate really well that opposites do attract, and the ending was gratifying.”
~ Sara@HarlequinJunkie

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The Nurse and the Single Dad By Dianne Drake: This was my first time reading a “Harlequin Medical Romance”, which I really enjoyed, given my years of working in healthcare and hospitals specifically. I will definitely look for others...” ~ Sara @HarlequinJunkie

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“As always Dianne never fails to deliver and prove without a shadow of doubt there is hope after tragedy, even if you are not looking for it, and love is always the best medicine, thank you for a truly touching story.” ~ Gwessie Tee

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“This was a beautifully written book. This story brought tears to my eyes...” ~ Paula Legate

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“...the Nora Roberts of medicals.”- Author Susan Carlisle

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Two Dianne Drakes under the one cover was an enjoyable treat!
-From Mills & Boon website

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What a sweet romance...I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading more of Ms. Drakes’ work.
- From Coffee Time Romance

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I recently discovered her, and enjoy her tremendously.
- Found on Smart Bitches Trashy Books

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For a medical romance this story has more than enough action and drama to hold anyone’s interest, and the romance is only a small portion of its appeal.
- From Coffee Time Romance

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Reviewed on the Mills & Boon website:

Firefighter With A Frozen Heart - An excellent story written with emotional depth and understanding.

Engrossing and probably Mrs Drake's best yet.
- Ten out of ten

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P.S. You’re a Daddy: This is a story of the love for a sister and family. Funny and loving, laughed, cried and waited for the happy ever after. Good read!

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 A Child to Heal Their Hearts: “To be honest a book set in a holiday camp for recovering sick children didn't sound an appealing subject and I'm also not particularly keen when children form a large part of the plot. However Mrs Drake has written so compellingly about this that I was able to forget my prejudices. Reid is an engaging and dedicated hero while enigmatic at first, Keera's emotions were portrayed realistically and sympathetically. There were unexpected turns in the plot and I ended up thoroughly enjoying this book. Nine out of ten"

PANIC ATTACK!
Dianne Drake © 2006

If you see him and your heart skips a beat, your breath catches and you’re dizzy, it might be love. If you see him and he’s wielding a knife and your heart skips a beat, you can’t breathe and you get dizzy, it might be a panic attack.
To understand panic attack, you must first understand the general nature of panic disorder. It’s a disabling mental condition causing frightening, but not life-threatening, physical symptoms. Generally, someone suffering from a panic disorder may have recurring events over a lifetime. PANIC ATTACK is one of the conditions lumped under the catchall of panic disorder (this is lumped under another catchall called anxiety disorder) and it may be recurring, or it may be a one-time event associated with a particular situation.  

WHAT IS A PANIC ATTACK?
Panic attack is characterized by unexpected and repeated episodes of intense fear accompanied by physical symptoms that may include chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness or abdominal distress.  

            Other symptoms:

  • Trembling or shaking
  • Sweating, chills, or hot flashes
  • Feeling of choking
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Fear of dying
  • Fear of losing control
  • Feelings of unreality
  • Feeling detached from yourself

➤These sensations often mimic symptoms of a heart attack or other life-threatening medical conditions. As a result, the diagnosis of panic disorder is frequently not made until extensive and costly medical procedures fail to provide a correct diagnosis or relief.

➤Many people who experience recurring panic attacks (panic disorder) develop intense anxiety between episodes. It is not unusual for a person with panic disorder to develop phobias about places or situations where panic attacks have occurred, such as in supermarkets or other everyday situations. As the frequency of panic attacks increases, the person often begins to avoid situations where they fear another attack may occur or where help would not be immediately available. This avoidance may eventually develop into agoraphobia, an inability to go beyond known and safe surroundings because of intense fear and anxiety.

HOW COMMON IS PANIC DISORDER / PANIC ATTACK?
➤About 1.7% of the adult U.S. population ages 18 to 54 - approximately 2.4 million Americans - has a panic disorder episode in a given year.
➤Women are twice as likely as men to have a panic attack. 
➤Panic disorder typically strikes in young adulthood. Roughly half of all people who have panic disorder develop the condition before age 24.

WHAT CAUSES PANIC DISORDER?
➤Heredity, other biological factors, stressful life events, and thinking in a way that exaggerates relatively normal bodily reactions are all believed to play a role in the onset of panic disorder. The exact cause or causes of panic disorder are unknown.
➤One-time, non-recurring panic attacks result from a situation or event.

WHAT TREATMENTS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PANIC DISORDER?
➤Treatment for panic disorder includes medications and a type of psychotherapy known as cognitive-behavioral therapy, which teaches people how to view panic attacks differently and demonstrates ways to reduce anxiety. Appropriate treatment by an experienced professional can reduce or prevent panic attacks in 70% to 90% of people with panic disorder. Most patients show significant progress after a few weeks of therapy. Relapses may occur, but they can often be effectively treated just like the initial episode.
➤Antidepressants, such as Tofranil, may help reduce anxiety and the frequency and severity of panic attacks. More commonly used meds are the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs, such as Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft). They’re often considered the first line of treatment for panic disorders. Often, anti-anxiety medications such as Xanax, Valium and Ativan are used in the beginning of medical therapy.
➤Generally, one-time attacks do not warrant medical treatment.
                                   
FYI: THE CLASSIFICATIONS OF ANXIETY DISORDERS
They work well in a good story, but you’ve got to get them right!
Anxiety disorders, as a group, are the most common mental illness in America. More than 19 million American adults are affected each year. Children and adolescents can also develop anxiety disorders.

What Are the Different Kinds of Anxiety Disorders?


Panic Disorder
—Repeated episodes of intense fear that strike often and without warning. Physical symptoms include chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, abdominal distress, feelings of unreality, and fear of dying.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
—Repeated, unwanted thoughts or compulsive behaviors that seem impossible to stop or control.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
—Persistent symptoms that occur after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event such as rape or other criminal assault, war, child abuse, natural or human-caused disasters, or crashes. Nightmares, flashbacks, numbing of emotions, depression, and feeling angry, irritable or distracted and being easily startled are common. Family members of victims can also develop this disorder.

Phobias
—Two major types of phobias are social phobia and specific phobia. People with social phobia have an overwhelming and disabling fear of scrutiny, embarrassment, or humiliation in social situations, which leads to avoidance of many potentially pleasurable and meaningful activities. People with specific phobia experience extreme, disabling, and irrational fear of something that poses little or no actual danger; the fear leads to avoidance of objects or situations and can cause people to limit their lives unnecessarily.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder
—Constant, exaggerated worrisome thoughts and tension about everyday routine life events and activities, lasting at least six months. Almost always anticipating the worst even though there is little reason to expect it; accompanied by physical symptoms, such as fatigue, trembling, muscle tension, headache, or nausea.