Dancing with Fear: Controlling Stress and Creating a Life Beyond Panic and Anxiety

Dancing with Fear: Controlling Stress and Creating a Life Beyond Panic and Anxiety

by Paul Foxman Ph.D.
     
 

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Panic attacks, phobias, avoidant behavior, worrying, compulsive behavior, unwanted obsessions, and body symptoms such as racing heart, breathing difficulties, sweating, shaking, nausea, numbness and weakness are some of the many manifestations of anxiety.DANCING WITH FEAR is a comprehensive guide to understanding and managing the many forms of anxiety. Using a

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Panic attacks, phobias, avoidant behavior, worrying, compulsive behavior, unwanted obsessions, and body symptoms such as racing heart, breathing difficulties, sweating, shaking, nausea, numbness and weakness are some of the many manifestations of anxiety.DANCING WITH FEAR is a comprehensive guide to understanding and managing the many forms of anxiety. Using a recovery theme, the book offers a hopeful, self-help approach to the most common, costly, and chronic emotional problem in our country.According to experts, anxiety develops from the combination of three ingredients: genetic traits (such as “biological sensitivity”), family influences, and stress (the “why now” factor). The stress ingredient accounts for the widespread prevalence of anxiety today. Basically, anxiety is largely a learned reaction to stress overload in people with a sensitive temperament. Through new skills and habits, anxiety can be replaced with more effective behavior along with greater peace, optimism, and joy.The book is clearly written and technically accurate. Diagrams, lists, and charts illustrate the information, and 35 concrete skills and exercises are included.The book includes information on:· Survival instinct and anxiety· List of anxiety disorders with explanations· Diagnostic criteria for each anxiety disorder· Common fears by age group· Anxiety personality traits· Comparison of incomplete and complete stress recovery· Drugs used to treat anxiety· Herbs and natural remedies for anxietySome examples of exercises and techniques are:· Meditation instructions· “The three-S” approach to stress management (Signals, Sources, Solutions)· Yoga and bioenergetic breathing exercises· Dietary guidelines for managing anxiety· Guidelines for friends and family members· How to replace worry with positive thinking· Three fundamental health practices for managing anxiety· Joy, pleasure, and satisfaction exercise· How to spiritually revitalize your lifeContent is based on the author’s personal anxiety background, as well as his expertise as a seasoned psychologist. Dr. Foxman’s own recovery from several anxiety disorders is described in an opening chapter.See Prior Distribution for a description of what is specifically new in this second edition.

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Responsible, sensitive, hardworking, and desiring to please others- these traits might charactirize one's ideal partner or employee. They are also, strangely enough, among the traits found in those most prone to anxiety disorders. Foxman, the author of two othe books and director of the Center for Anxiety Disorders in Burlington, Vermont, helps readers reduce or even prevent the development of anxiety disorders by teaching how to work with one's particular biology and personality traits. Based in his own battle with anxiety disorder and decades of research and work with clients, his book is compassionate and wise, offering multiple alternatives to pharmaceuticals while clarifying the situations in which medication is necessary and helpful. - Kristen Morris, Foreword Magazine

There have been endless books written by countless authors on the subject of anxiety and how best to identify and cope with its paralyzing manifestations. What makes Dancing with Fear so special and so welcome is that Paul Foxman speaks eloquently and intelligently to the two key people involved in accomplishing full recovery from this insidious problem: the sufferer and his therapist. Because Dr. Foxman knows, firsthand, what gut-wrenching anxiety feels like, he never minimizes its impact nor does he hide his own humanness behind his degree. It become obvious from the first chapter that Dr. Foxman is a consummate professional who, thank heavens, can honestly teach from his heart. - Ann Seagrave coauthor of Free from Fears

Dr. Foxman's book, Dancing with Fear, is a comprehensive and compassionate overview of the most crippling of our 'social diseases'-fear-with a wealth of practical approaches to loosening its hold on us. The work will find a wide and appreciative audience. - Joseph Chilton Pearce author of Magical and Evolution's End

For anybody who recognizes that stress can't be avoided, only managed, psychologist Paul Foxman's Dancing with Fear is a splendid resource. Dr. Foxman delivers the coping tools and techniques all the more effectively for his wisdom, compassion, insight, and graceful prose. - John Stickney, Senior Features Editor, Fitness Magazine

This book by Dr. Paul Foxman has all but paved the path to peace, the way to freedom from anxiety. He offers a clear exposition of what severe anxiety is, where it comes from, and what to do about it. He shares his personal experience with trauma and anxiety, as well as his understandings gained from decades of helping others. Is his easy style, Dr. Foxman provides unlimited hope and specific information on how anxiety can be overcome..."undoubtedly the finest book ever on this topic...Surely the most profound and yet readable book on anxiety and its treatment...You will feel greatly rewarded by reading this best of all possible books on anxiety and its cure. You will be excited by this powerful book. - John R. Pullen, Ph.D., National Director of CHAANGE (Center for Help for Anxiety/Agoraphobia through New Growth Experiences)

Paul Foxman offers not only inspiration and hope, but also a practical road map that explores the various aspects of recovery from anxiety. Readers will be in good hands as Foxman compassionately shares his hard-won wisdom, starting with the sometimes-brutal origins of his own anxiety and continuing with his personal and professional journeys. This timely book is a godsend to those struggling to find inner peace in an ever-shrinking world of accelerating changes. - Erika B. Hilliard, MSW, RSW, author of Living Fully with Shyness and Social Anxiety

Anxiety, stress and fear are emotions we all feel at one time or another. A test, a certain work assignment, or a near miss at the red light, can cause us to feel this way. But what if you felt this way all the time? Approximately thirty seven million Americans suffer from severe anxiety disorders and live with constant worry and fear.

Dancing with Fear is an in-depth look at anxiety disorders and the process for recovery. Dr. Foxman writes from the perspective of a psychologist as well as the perspective of one who has lived with an anxiety disorder...I found the book to be exceptionally well organized. Chapters included topics such as “What is Anxiety?”, “How Anxiety Develops”, “Facing Your Fears and Phobias”, “Spirituality and Anxiety”,and “Should You Take Medication for Anxiety – Or Not?” Extremely useful information written in a plain and easy to read format.

This book is intended for those who suffer from anxiety disorders, their family members, and the mental health professionals who treat them. As a family member of someone with an anxiety disorder, I found Dancing with Fear very helpful in my understanding of anxiety disorders, their causes, and solutions for recovery. Talking to my husband about his anxiety is not easy. Usually when the topic comes up, it is during an anxious moment, when he is not at his most calm or rational. By reading Dancing with Fear, discussing his anxiety became easier. As I read the book, we would discuss the chapters each evening before bed. This was a calm time, and we were able to discuss my husband’s anxiety in a non-threatening way. We practiced the breathing exercises together and talked about his symptoms and strategies for recovery.

I would recommend Dancing with Fear to anyone interested in the topic of anxiety for personal or academic reasons. Dr. Foxman is very knowledgeable about the subject and as is stated on the cover “This book provides information on relieving anxiety and replacing fear with peace, optimism, and joy.” Who could ask for more? - April Sullivan for Reader Views

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780897935401
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
02/15/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
510,869
File size:
1 MB

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