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  • Paperback: 383 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Rev. Ed edition (18 Nov. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060951605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060951603
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 702,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Explains how to gain perspective during times of crisis by immediately gainin control of the body with breathing exercises, meditation, and muscle relaxation.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Toady on 19 Dec. 2007
Format: Paperback
If you are looking at this type of book you are probably grappling with anxiety/panic/stress already. This is a well researched, insightful and ethical book which gave me some solid ground to hang on to when I really was overwhelmed by my anxiety. I think it sets you off in the right direction but you may need other help such as seeing your GP, a psychologist etc, and it will take months to improve. I found seeing a qualified hypnotist very useful too. You will need to find your own way but this author provides help when you really need it.
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155 of 158 people found the following review helpful
This book helped me regain control of my life !! 14 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful book for anyone who wants clear informitave answers of what this disorder is all about. It helped me in many ways learn to deal with my panic disorder. One of my biggest fears was that my life was becoming very restricted by this disorder. I thought I was going to have to take medication for the rest of my life. With this book I was able to get my life back together without medication. There is a section in the book about the connection between premenstrual syndrome and anxiety. I had a great deal of stress in my life and I found myself very anxious during PMS. He shows in this section that diet has a strong impact on reducing symptoms of anxiety and panic. The book teaches how to refocus our thoughts. This was very helpful for me dealing with my panic disorder because in the past I was very quick to scare myself. If there was even a slight feeling of fear I would take that fearful thought and run with it causing myself great anxiety and at times panic attacks. By refocusing my thoughts like this book teaches, helped me to control the unrealistic array of scary thoughts from pouring into my head and replacing them with soothing, comforting and believable words. He speaks of breathing techniques and how they help the sufferer gain control of body symptoms in any given situation, from sitting in a dental chair to being locked in a traffic jam. He teaches by maintaing control of your breathing it sends a message to the brain that all is all is well and there is no need for panic. I would reccomend this book to anyone who wants to put an end to this disableing disorder.
48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
Reading this book was really a turning point for me 29 Jun. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book has helped me more than anything else in my struggle to deal with panic. I've had panic attacks for the last 9 years or so -- since I was 17 -- although I didn't know/wouldn't admit what they were for a long time. I was really on a slippery slope and things were getting so much worse more recently; after reading positive reviews here on amazon, I read this book and it really has changed my life. There is so much material here that it can be a little overwhelming -- but now I am rereading different parts that I now see are relevant, and it's such a tremendous resource. Some readers have said that Dr. Wilson's listing of symptoms made them more anxious; but for me, it was a huge relief to realize that other people suffer from these problems too, and to know that there are symptoms I don't have. I now realize that in struggling with panic I was feeding it, and that I have to learn to relax and not be frightened of having another attack. This is obviously very difficult, but Dr. Wilson's recommended techniques have been very effective for me. I've also realized how much they can benefit my life overall in a very positive way, not just in dealing with the negative aspects of panic attacks, but in helping me enrich my life overall. I feel like I am gaining control of my life again, and it's such a relief! If you are struggling with panic -- or if you are trying to support someone who is -- I can't imagine a better resource than this book .
38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Get yourself this book and feel better! 30 Oct. 2003
By Kelly A. fuller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I used to be embarrassed of my panic and anxiety disorder. I tried to hide it, and deal with it all on my own. I was even embarrassed to buy this book! Thank goodness for the privacy of Amazon.com, or I might never had read this fantastic book! The biggest thing that I got out of this book is the fact that I am not alone! And neither are you! The amount of people suffering with anxiety and panic disorders is astonishing! With the knowledge that you are not a "freak", you will keep reading and learn new techniques to keep panic at bay at how to deal with it when it strikes unexpectedly. Don't wait any longer, help yourself gain your life back.
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
VERY HELPFUL. 25 April 2005
By G.E. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be very helpful in understanding panic and it helped me to realize the key to recovery--FACE THE FEAR (symptoms) and stop trying to run from it. The fear of the symptoms and the constant running from them is what perpetuates the symptoms and fears. The book I found the most helpful was Dr. Claire Weekes' book, "Hope and Help For Your Nerves." It was written in the late 60's but it described EXACTLY what I have been experiencing and explained it fully. She also tells you how to overcome this condition successfully.

Both of these books tell the truth though, which is...NO, YOU ARE NOT GOING CRAZY--your nerves are just over-sensitized and they need to be re-trained.

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Truly self-help! 7 Feb. 2001
By Denise F. Konicek - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Having lived with easily-aroused anxiety for most of my life, I have sought out a variety of supposedly self-help books on this subject. Wilson's book is BY FAR the best I have encountered. There is a balanced content that includes complete current information about the physiology of anxiety and panic attacks, followed by the psychology that often accompanies such attacks, and then step-by-step exercises you can do to help alleviate your symptoms. Armed with both the knowledge of what's happening and the skills to help counter anxiety symptoms, I have been able to make significant strides in staying calm while normally stress-provoking events occur.
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