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Self Help for Your Nerves [Hardcover]

Claire Weekes
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)

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9 Nov 1981

Essential guide for everything you need to know to keep relaxed through every day life

Repackage of the phenomenally successful guide to dealing with nervous illness – Self Help for Your Nerves. This guide offers the most comprehensive insight and advice into coping with nervous stress.

Sufferers of nervous illness regard Self Help for Your Nerves as their bible – many believe that if they had found it earlier they would have been saved years of unnecessary suffering.

Dr Claire Weekes looks at:
How the Nervous System Works
What is Nervous Illness
Common factors in the development of nervous illness
Recurring Nervous Attacks

Plus important chapters on depression, sorrow, guilt and disgrace, obsessions, sleeplessness, confidence, loneliness and agoraphobia.

The book also shows the Dr Claire Weekes method, a practical programme on learning to take your place among people without fear.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


Product details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Angus & Robertson (UK); 2nd Revised edition edition (9 Nov 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0207146977
  • ISBN-13: 978-0207146978
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 13.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 253,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Learn to take your place among people without fear

People recovering from nervous illness refer to 'Self Help for Your Nerves' as their 'bible' – they have found it such an invaluable resource. Many readers believe if they had found this book earlier they would have been saved unnecessary suffering.

Dr Claire Weekes offers a comprehensive advice for coping with nervous stress by illustrating how simply nervous illness can begin and then developing a practical programme for its cure. 'Self Help for Your Nerves' shows us how to dispel feelings of bewilderment and fear and start building confidence and understanding.

This world-renowned book is recommended by doctors and is used in medical clinics around the globe. It has been published in eight different languages and is an international bestseller.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

The late Dr Claire Weeks was acclaimed internationally for her work on nervous illness. Her books have been published in eight different languages and are recommended extensively by doctors and medical clinics around the world.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly helpful! 26 Feb 2005
By A Customer
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book was recommneded to me and I'm so glad I bought it. I've had it a couple of years now and straight away it stopped me being scared of the more constant physical symptoms and that alone gave me confidence. The panic part is a bit harder and I do still have to work on that from time to time but each time I do I read the book again, going over the paticular bits I find comforting.
I've bought a few books now by other writers and while they were not too bad this really has to be the definitive book on this subject she just seems know exactly how we all feel and I wonder if we all feel bits of the book are written just for us - its amazing her understanding and she just instills confidence and hope all through the book. I have also recently bought another title by her 'Essential help for your nerves' a two part volume and if agoraphobia is of interest to you then she covers this very well in that.
The style of writing is straightforward and reassuring and will appeal to men just as much as women as it sticks to the point and all feels so sensible.
It would be great if the tapes she has made were more readily available and maybe put onto CD as I would like to try those too to keep reinforcing the solutions at any time when I'm not feeling 'sensible'.
I really can't recommend this book highly enough.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bad nerves 29 May 2006
By Susan
Format:Paperback
Having suffered with nerves and depression most of my life, i have tried everything available. Without a doubt this book is the best help i have ever had! It will become your bible.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I have lent my copy of this book to God-Knows-How-Many people who were experiencing "nervous" illness, and they have ALL said how wonderful the book is.
You will not find a better explanation of what is going on and why - which is the secret to getting well.
Trust me, this book can change your life.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So helpful 23 Sep 2008
By hiljean VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I picked up this book second-hand in a charity shop last week and was a bit sceptical because this is obviously a book which was written many years ago. However as soon as I started reading it, like other reviewers here, I found immediate comfort and an accurate description of my symptoms and the causes of the physical sensations. My own GP has been totally unhelpful and I feel like taking a copy of this book into his surgery and urging him to recommend it to others.

Within a few chapters I was already able to face up to my irrational fears and start dealing with them and am astounded at how quickly I have started to recover. This book is immensely helpful and reassuring and I am rapidly returning to the strong, confident, cheerful person I was before I started suffering from anxiety attacks. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

(Update: 3 March 2010)
This book is still on my bedside table and goes with me when I travel. It has been so valuable whenever I have had a setback or renewed fears and has always provided comfort, sustenance and reassurance to the extent that I now rarely have to refer to it. But the surprising thing is that on those rare occasions that I do pick it up, it always seems to give me the boost I need to set me back on track again.

Buying this book was one of the best things I ever did.
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81 of 86 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I had a serious breakdown 20 years ago.My anxiety was complicated by addiction to tranquilizers . This Claire Weekes book was totally responsible for my complete, yes complete recovery.I improved 50% the day I read it!Then, I put her techniques into practice and over time I became a better person than I had ever been. I went on to do a Phd in Veterinary science, had a successful research career and have now run a successful business for the past 13 years.Before this book I had visited Psychiatrists, Psychologists, counsellors, healers etc,etc, for 2-3 years, to no avail. For 3 months before reading this "bible" I couldnt even go to work, couldnt sleep, eat etc.Then my miracle happened, I found Claire. I have since "healed" many friends and colleagues,by presenting and explaining this book. So if you have anxiety Please Please use this book. You can and will recover completely. I know,I did.Love to Claire
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132 of 141 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gave me back my life - simple as that. 15 April 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book saved me - no exaggeration. I am a 'big bloke', considered mentally strong by friends, yet when I started getting panic attacks and panic disorder, I watched my life go down the pan, destroyed. Claire Weekes' book described exactly what I was experienceing and showed me how to deal with it. I am now cured, enjoying life once more - being normal.
Do not dimiss this book, like I did when a friend first recommended it, as a typical 'new-age' self help book. Just read it. If you do as she says you cannot help but be cured, as far-fetched as that might seem to you now. I cannot recommend it highly enough to anybody suffering from panic, anxiety, stress or 'nerves'.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The reassurance anxious people are looking for 18 Oct 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book puts it's arms around the anxious person and tells them everything is going to be ok. It then helps them get out of the spiral of fear-symptoms-fear-symptoms with practical steps and a reassuring confidence that you can get better. I recommend it to anyone suffering from anxiety.
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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is brilliant. I found a lot of the books out there claiming to help people with anxiety and nervous breakdown extremely poor, often making you feel even more anxious, THIS BOOK IS TOTALLY DIFFERENT! This book soothes a frazzled mind and an anxious heart. It was the only helpful book I read, it helped me tremendously. If you have suffered or are suffering with any type of nervous illness then this book will most definitely help you. You will want to read and re-read it. I can't reccommend it enough!
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5.0 out of 5 stars best book ive read in a long time
an absolute must read
Published 23 days ago by Emma Digby
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An excellent book. Lots of helpful advice.
Published 28 days ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic resource for those suffering from anxiety.
A bit of a background information for you before I begin my review.
I'm currently 24 years old. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alex Lay
2.0 out of 5 stars Very extreme
I bought this after feeling a little anxious and worried at times as thought it may help me think about things a little differently. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Really very good
Forget the fact that this book was written in the 1960's; it is excellent if you are coming apart at the seams and need help. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mancunian
3.0 out of 5 stars didn't really help
This book is a little overrated i think, i wanted something to relieve my anxiety issues that i'm going through at the moment, i read it but i don't feel any better, bit of a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gill H
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Support
I have Generalised Anxiety Disorder and at the time had Post Natal Depression. I was put on medication and CBT therapy. Read more
Published 2 months ago by SamLam
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for a friend
This book saved my sanity 38 years ago - I buy it every time I meet someone who is suffering from
sudden and inexplicable symptoms of anxiety. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mac McCamley
5.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
but I kind of expected more, but great food for thought, I t maybe because of my state of mind but I still want the book
Published 4 months ago by tina
5.0 out of 5 stars An immense help and comfort
I first read this book over 30 years ago. I was suffering from depression and anxiety, and really thought I was going mad. Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. Morton
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