Paula Deen is a woman of Southern charm and authentic, real-butter cooking. But Deen had a hard time doing away with her panic attacks and agoraphobia, she said in an interview on the Larry King Live television show. Agoraphobia is when people fear places they know may lead to a panic attack, especially in situations that are difficult to leave. Deen said her attacks began after her father's death, and continued for nearly 20 years. She wouldn't leave the house without a brown paper bag to breathe into in case she had an attack. "I never knew when they were going to hit me, but it's the most terrifying, uncontrollable feeling," she told King. Deen eventually overcame her panic attacks and agoraphobia on her own, but it's common for people with panic attacks to seek professional help.
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