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Agoraphobia Hardcover – 1 Jan 1977

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5.0 out of 5 stars This is THE book to free yourself from agoraphobia. 25 Feb. 2014
By Charged Synapse - Published on Amazon.com
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In 1976, at age 22, I had already become a prisoner of agoraphobia. I was having four to five full-scale panic attacks every week. I had spent the past two years in this state. I was terrified because I did not know what was happening. About two years earlier, my Father sent me to a psychiatrist who asked me a few questions, explained nothing, and prescribed Valium. I failed to bring the script to a pharmacy.
In '76, in a state of desperation, I went to the library, seeking any book on "nervousness". Somehow, I came upon this book and realized that it was addressing the state in which I was trapped. After returning home with the book and spending days studying every point over and over, I decided to try Dr. Weeke's strategy. It was hard to begin it. Even during my trip to the library I had been in a state of severe anxiety. Through Dr. Weekes' strategy of acceptance of all of the frightening symptoms of panic attacks, I went out into public, and began the journey toward desensitization to my fear of the attacks. I was still having attacks, but I was mentally open and accepted the possibility that I was going to die from the rapid heartbeat and involuntarily rapid, forceful breathing. Yes, the effect of adrenalin on my brain was still terrifying, and still produced the mental derealization which takes over one's sense of perception during an attack. But I was ready. I even accepted the sense of suffocation which follows hyperventilation, which for me had always been the most terrifying part of the attacks. I had accepted the worst possible outcome, that I WOULD suffocate and die. Remarkably, I experienced my attacks in a different mental state. After each attack I felt that I could go on; walk down the street and resume whatever I needed to do. In 1977, I was able to enter art school in Manhattan. It doesn't get more "in public" than that. I was free, and and at age 60, I still am.
To my horror, I recently discovered that my 19 year-old son has been having panic attacks at college and is in a state of generalized anxiety disorder. In class, his fear of having a panic attack reciprocally heightens his fear and is affecting his attention. He has begun taking an antidepressant and has a supply of propranalol to block the adrenergic, physical symptoms of the fight-or-flight response while he is in class. Nonetheless, he tells me that mentally, he is still in a state of fear when in class. In the midst of students, there is no outlet for flight. I am about to buy a new copy of this book and send it to his dorm. I told him that he must read it very carefully and within four months, he must be able to describe everything in it.
I'm buying a copy for myself, to refresh my memory. I just hope that he will perceive the logic in the strategy, and obtain relief, as I did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Product, Awesome Price, Awesome Shipping. 9 Feb. 2014
By phyllis rawls - Published on Amazon.com
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Awesome Product, Awesome Price, Awesome Shipping. Great book, so helpful for people that have this. Very easy to read and so very helpful. Able to find it for a friend and ship it to her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars better than a shrinks office visits! 25 July 2013
By million appell - Published on Amazon.com
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this is a book many more people should read...but then maybe the shrinks would have empty hours? the book is a good help...thanx...
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5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD BOOK 7 Sept. 2012
By ElenaG - Published on Amazon.com
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Somebody recommended this book to me and as far I have read I like it. I will get more books from the same author.
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD FOR THOSE STRUGGLING WITH THIS AFFLICTION 8 April 2013
By Mary Catherine Cash - Published on Amazon.com
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VERY GOOD SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO DEAL WITH AGORAPHOBIA! CLAIRE IS AN EXCELLENT WRITER ON THESE SUBJECTS, I ENJOYED THE BOOK
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