|Jenna Glatzer (Editor): Conquering Panic and Anxiety Disorders|
House Publishers (Trade Paperback), ISBN: 0-89793-381-8
The Anxiety Demons jump out of the closet and scream, keeping you awake, counting the innumerable sheep and recalculating the accounting. Flash Fear floods you with doubts regarding your personal appearance and rejection. You lack Power Shoes to walk out the door to present the PowerPoint presentation before the board. The Constrictor coils about your throat, and you can't speak. The pounding in ears increases, the heart thuds with the impending doom of a wrecking ball knocking down an apartment house.
You react violently whenever someone says, "Don't worry," "Be happy,"
or "Don't panic." Anger quivers within when a doctor calmly states, "It's
all in your head." Panic disorders include General Anxiety Disorder (GAD),
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and agoraphobia. GAD causes sleep
disorders and fatigue, and sows worry and anxiety resulting in a destructive
downward spiral. PTSD develops from trauma, resulting in flashbacks, night
sweats, cold sweats, nightmares and other intense signs of emotional distress.
Approximately 10 percent of the U.S. population suffers from a stress
or anxiety disorder and fears to 'fess up to it. Ironically, considering
that fear, about 80 percent of all cases can be successfully treated.
Jenna Glatzer, over-achiever, go-getter and social eclectic, shares her experience of agoraphobia. Mentally imprisoned, she became isolated from the external world, afraid to confront friends and family. Recovery came through the support and love of her family and through a mysterious email that arrived one night suggesting that she might be awake.
In conquering her Anxiety Dragon, Glatzer vowed to bring the experience to print. Fear cripples people's lives, isolating them. But many paths lead out of the forest of fear.
The book presents the experiences of 31 different conquerors of the draco avidus. Commentary by Dr. Paul Foxman suggests positive responses and coping tips. The contributors narrate personal experiences and how they overcame their difficulties through a broad array of drugs, therapies and programs. Conquering Panic and Anxiety Disorders offers inspiration and hope for those who suffer, and compassion for those who feel utterly alone. It also helps the loved ones and associates of anxiety sufferers understand the affliction.
In addition, for those ready to reach out and investigate self-help programs, the book includes resources organizations and URLs. With a few clicks on the Internet you can connect with someone else who shares similar problems. Someone understands. You're really not alone, and it's not all in your head. Panic can be overcome.
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