The author of "Monkey Mind" comes by his dysfunction honestly. "In his early forties, my father had a series of panic attacks that . . . sent him packing to the behavioral ward for a rest." Mr. Smith's mother "was scared of driving, public speaking, parties, open spaces, and men. . . . She suffered from acid indigestion, heart palpitations, and tremors. She had panic attacks at school. She also had panic attacks at home, at the grocery store, at the laundromat, at the bank, in the shower, and in bed."