Trade in Yours
For a 0.25 Gift Card
Trade in
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Colour:
Image not available

 
Tell the Publisher!
Id like to read this book on Kindle

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Phobia Free: Medical Breakthrough Linking 90 Per Cent of All Phobias and Panic Attacks to a Hidden Physical Problem [Paperback]

Harold N. Levinson , Steven Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Available from these sellers.


Trade In this Item for up to 0.25
Trade in Phobia Free: Medical Breakthrough Linking 90 Per Cent of All Phobias and Panic Attacks to a Hidden Physical Problem for an Amazon Gift Card of up to 0.25, which you can then spend on millions of items across the site. Trade-in values may vary (terms apply). Learn more

Book Description

15 Mar 1988
A most fascinating book...provides both the professional and the patient with a means to better understand and treat (phobias). Howard P. House, MD. University of Southern California School of Medicine

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought


Product details

  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: M. Evans& Co Inc; Reprint edition (15 Mar 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871315394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871315397
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 961,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Sell a Digital Version of This Book in the Kindle Store

If you are a publisher or author and hold the digital rights to a book, you can sell a digital version of it in our Kindle Store. Learn more

Customer Reviews

4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
5.0 out of 5 stars
5.0 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is beneficial information for those suffering from OCD. Dr. Levinson's theory has led to my complete recovery. His theory attributes the disorder to a "medical" condition of the inner-ear called a cerebellar-vestibular dysfunction and is easily treated and corrected with a combination of antihistamines, antimotion-sickness, and antianxiety medications that he prescribes. Soon after starting the medication, the disorder was gone. Calmness and total control were shortly established. Prior to this were many months of unsuccessful behavioral therapy treatment with no relief occuring. Dr. Levinson's treatment doesn't just give some relief from OCD, it rids it! His book "Phobia Free" is extremely helpful and describes in depth how the cv-dysfunction is related to all anxiety. It describes why obsessive thoughts occur and how they are thoughts that are just not being properly filtered. The title of this book, "Phobia Free," is truly ! ! a perfect description of how an OCD sufferer feels after being treated by Dr. Levinson for this "medical" condition called the cv-dysfunction.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I have read, and highly recommend, PHOBIA FREE by Harold Levinson, M.D. This book (and its doctor/author) are the BEST !! I bought the book despite my acute skepticism. I'd already tried about skeighty-eight different medical (and not so medical) treatments to try and rid myself of agoraphobia / anxiety disorder / spontaneous panic attack syndrome, etc. Whatever its name, these panic attacks had turned me into a social cripple; I'd suddenly gone from being a vibrant, active, outgoing person (serving on civic committees, owning and operating a professional business, etc.) to a housebound fearful recluse.
I first opened the book with highlighter in hand, thinking I'd mark those few paragraphs that might seem somewhat relevant to me and my particular symptoms. What a surprise. I was turning the entire book yellow! I didn't even wait to finish the book before calling the author's medical office and getting an appointment. As you'll see in reading the book, Dr. Levinson's explanations of the nature and cause of this awful condition are perfectly reasonable, medically credible, scientifically researched, and professionally well-documented. His treatment is completely described in the book, so that YOUR doctor can provide you with the EXACT SAME diagnostic and curative regimens. The treatment is safe, easy, wonderfully effective, and (can you believe it?) completely relieves you of the burden of thinking that you're going crazy, are mentally ill, or psychologically disturbed! Essentially, it all boils down to a simple physical problem of an inner-ear dysfunction, treatable with anti-motion- sickness medications.
I bought the book when it first came out in 1986; it's now 1998 and I've been on the medications for twelve years.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this wonderful book;90% of you WILL become phobia-free! 22 Jan 1998
By Tzviah Eisen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have read, and highly recommend, PHOBIA FREE by Harold Levinson, M.D. This book (and its doctor/author) are the BEST !! I bought the book despite my acute skepticism. I'd already tried about skeighty-eight different medical (and not so medical) treatments to try and rid myself of agoraphobia / anxiety disorder / spontaneous panic attack syndrome, etc. Whatever its name, these panic attacks had turned me into a social cripple; I'd suddenly gone from being a vibrant, active, outgoing person (serving on civic committees, owning and operating a professional business, etc.) to a housebound fearful recluse.
I first opened the book with highlighter in hand, thinking I'd mark those few paragraphs that might seem somewhat relevant to me and my particular symptoms. What a surprise. I was turning the entire book yellow! I didn't even wait to finish the book before calling the author's medical office and getting an appointment. As you'll see in reading the book, Dr. Levinson's explanations of the nature and cause of this awful condition are perfectly reasonable, medically credible, scientifically researched, and professionally well-documented. His treatment is completely described in the book, so that YOUR doctor can provide you with the EXACT SAME diagnostic and curative regimens. The treatment is safe, easy, wonderfully effective, and (can you believe it?) completely relieves you of the burden of thinking that you're going crazy, are mentally ill, or psychologically disturbed! Essentially, it all boils down to a simple physical problem of an inner-ear dysfunction, treatable with anti-motion- sickness medications.
I bought the book when it first came out in 1986; it's now 1998 and I've been on the medications for twelve years. There are NO side effects, NO withdrawal symptoms, they're not habit-forming, and have never made me sleepy, dopey, dizzy or moody. From the very beginning, my health-care insurance approved the medical claim forms and they've always sent me the standard 80% payment benefit for the office visits to the doctor and for the prescription medications.
The book is very easy to read; at one and the same time, it's richly endowed with people skills (of warmth, caring, and remarkable understanding of what you're feeling and how this panic is affecting your life) as well as with supporting documents, monologues, research papers, scientific studies, mainstream medical investigation via a bibliography of thirty-eight other authors, representing as many titles in the professional literature.
Thinking to someday share my experiences with others who have this condition, I kept a diary for the first few years of using this book's treatment plan; here are some verbatim excerpts: [1] "...and the book IS wonderful; I finished it in one afternoon. I swallowed it. I sponged it up. It was so right on target, so fit-me-to-a- T, I went to bed that night feeling like Dumbo clutching his black feather." and [2] "The scene in [Dr. Levinson's] waiting room was poignant; there were almost as many suitcases as people. The mood was relaxed and friendly, and soon enough, communal chatter revealed that [my husband] and I were the only 'locals.' Everyone else had flown in for their appointment. Texas, Ohio, Bombay (!) Georgia, etc., etc. I felt incredibly lucky. They no doubt had suffered the tortures of the damned (AIRPLANES) to try this therapeutic modality and here I was, [just twenty minutes from my house] practically in my own back yard!" and [3] "Breakthrough !! Remarkable; in the past two months, I've not only done things which I've diligently avoided for the past ten years, but I've done them quite voluntarily, almost without thinking." [For example:] [A] "Agreed to meet friends at our home right after work; thence to race off to a restaurant for dinner, thence to race off to [the local college campus] for the evening's theatre, thence to return to my house for 'coffee and'. Such a long list of activities, so far from home, in the midst of so many people, crowded into such a small confinement as a car; locked into the great mass of the audience; and having to do it after a full day's work, and then to have to play hostess!!!!! ... Frankly, all of it was a breeze. And I never gave myself one thought, one anxious thought to any of it: most especially never once before or during the evening. AFTER, I thought about it, and pleased as punch I was too!" and [B] "I'm driving on the Highway! I mean, like, far. No forethought, no anxiety, neither before nor during; no fear anticipation for the return trip home; this is heavy stuff, folks." and [C] "Balance appears fully restored in exercise classes, in crossing heavily trafficked streets, climbing twelve-foot ladders, etc." and [2] [My final diary entry for 1990:] "In November, we're flying off to Holland! Good luck to you all. I wish you peace, surcease from sorrow, release from the terrors, the panic and the fears. There really, really, really is a normal life waiting for you. Go for it!"
My book review summary: Buy this book, PHOBIA FREE, by Harold Levinson, M.D. Read this book. For at least 90% of you, it WILL make you phobia-free
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most important book on phobias and their treatment. 20 Oct 2000
By D. R. Schryer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A lot of people suffer -- and I do mean suffer -- from one or more phobias, and a lot of techniques are offered by various therapists to treat phobias. Unfortunately, while some of these treatments may reduce phobic symptoms somewhat, relatively few phobics are actually cured. In this excellent book, Dr. Harold Levinson explains the reasons for this situation. One is that there are three different types of phobias, a fact not generally recognized. About 5% or so of phobias are caused primarily by a neurotic condition of some sort. These phobias often respond to conventional psychotherapy whereas most phobias do not. Another 5% or so of phobias are caused by a severe trauma, such as being bitten by a dog or being in a plane that almost crashes. These phobias are often helped by desensitization therapy. But if phobias that are caused primarily by neurosis or trauma account for only about 10% of all phobias, what is the primary cause of the other 90%? Dr. Levinson's brilliant discovery is that the root cause of most phobias is a disorder of the cerebellar-vestibular sustem, called in lay terminology "the inner ear." Dr. Levinson also found that inner ear disorders are the primary cause of dyslexia and that there is a very high correlation between dyslexia and phobias. About 90% of people who are phobic or dyslexic are both phobic and dylexic. Fortunately, Dr. Levinson has found that about 80% of cases of both phobias and dyslexia respond to at least one of the inner ear medications currently available, including dramamine, scopolamine, and Benadryl. Inner ear disorders are relatively easy for trained audiologists to detect and verify by the battery of tests available to them, but they seldom are detected by routine examinations made by general practitioners or even ear, nose, and throat specialists. If you suffer from phobias and/or dyslexia -- as I do -- please read this book with an open mind. It may literally change your life for the better. In my case, thorough audiological testing -- as described in this book -- revealed that I do indeed have an inner ear disorder which was not detected by routine examinations. Based on this finding, my physician tried the inner ear medications listed by Dr. Levinson and found one that has given me significant relief. Therefore, I am recommending this book from personal experience.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for those suffering from OCD and Phobias 15 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is beneficial information for those suffering from OCD. Dr. Levinson's theory has led to my complete recovery. His theory attributes the disorder to a "medical" condition of the inner-ear called a cerebellar-vestibular dysfunction and is easily treated and corrected with a combination of antihistamines, antimotion-sickness, and antianxiety medications that he prescribes. Soon after starting the medication, the disorder was gone. Calmness and total control were shortly established. Prior to this were many months of unsuccessful behavioral therapy treatment with no relief occuring. Dr. Levinson's treatment doesn't just give some relief from OCD, it rids it! His book "Phobia Free" is extremely helpful and describes in depth how the cv-dysfunction is related to all anxiety. It describes why obsessive thoughts occur and how they are thoughts that are just not being properly filtered. The title of this book, "Phobia Free," is truly ! ! a perfect description of how an OCD sufferer feels after being treated by Dr. Levinson for this "medical" condition called the cv-dysfunction.
5.0 out of 5 stars Phobia Free A Medical Breakthrough linking 90% Of All Phobia 14 Feb 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I Have been phobic for the last five years, i've been hospitalised and housebound. My phobias started on a day trip in the country with what I know now as a panic attack,it was the most frightening exprience of my life as I thought I was going mad and or had a brain tumour. After psychiatry, hypnotherapy,counciling and reiki healing. After numerous amounts of medication and none to my relief,my phobias incresed and I was desperate I could see no way out of this living nightmare. I got the book and finished it in an evening it was brilliant I'am now on the medication 3 weeks and everyday I lose a phobia its a miracle and I would just like to thank Dr Harold Levinson for giving me what i can only say is my life back--
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phobia Free 1 Jan 2012
By CBW - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
After dealing with my own phobias for over 40 years, and trying to help others with theirs.........I have finally found a book that makes sense. Phobia Free offers so much information, including case studies and treatments. It's a must-have for all of us who spent years trying to find an explanation for the misery we've been living with. This book is thorough and easy to read. After reading the first 130 pages and skipping ahead to other random chapters (out of pure excitement), I purchased a second book to give to a friend who's been struggling with phobias for the past 4 years. He's also finding it helpful. We had never heard of the phobia/vertigo connection, but it certainly makes sense. The treatments are described and allow for multiple options. For those who are wary of prescription or over the counter drugs (with their side effects), you might research homeopathic preparations that are specially prepared to treat anxieties, motion sickness and dizziness. I would recommend this book to anyone who is dealing with phobias/vertigo. As with any health issues, be sure to determine, with your medical care provider, that the vertigo isn't a symptom of a serious medical issue.
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


Look for similar items by category


Feedback