Fear, Anxiety and Panic: Exploring and Discovering Their Wisdom [NOOK Book]

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I am a thirty-two-year-old school teacher and have suffered from agoraphobia, panic attacks, and generalised anxiety for the past twenty years. Over the years, I have sought help from many psychiatrists, psychologists, general practioners, hypnotherapists, and centres â??specialisingâ?? in the treatment of anxiety and panic. But of the dozens I saw, half had no personal experience with anxiety or panic themselves, and the other half wanted to medicate me so heavily that I could barely care for my newborn. At my ...
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Fear, Anxiety and Panic: Exploring and Discovering Their Wisdom

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Overview

I am a thirty-two-year-old school teacher and have suffered from agoraphobia, panic attacks, and generalised anxiety for the past twenty years. Over the years, I have sought help from many psychiatrists, psychologists, general practioners, hypnotherapists, and centres â??specialisingâ?? in the treatment of anxiety and panic. But of the dozens I saw, half had no personal experience with anxiety or panic themselves, and the other half wanted to medicate me so heavily that I could barely care for my newborn. At my darkest hour,feeling there was no hope for me and that the life I wanted to live would be a dream and not a possible reality, I met Dean Smith. The first time I met Dean, I walked in already convinced that he would be just like all the others and that this would all prove to be another dead end for me. However, at the end of our fi rst session, I called my husband, in sobbing tears, saying that I had finally found the person who could help me . . . , and he did. Deanâ??s approach to treating anxiety, panic, and fear allowed me to confront my demons but never once feeling afraid to do so. His practical exercises were confronting but had an amazing result. Each session taught me to both challenge and accept my thinking without being frightened anymore. After a year of working with Dean and applying his techniques to my life, my dream life finally became a reality. I once was too afraid to venture to the local shops for fear of having a panic attack in public. In March 2011, I got on a plane with my husband and son and fulfilled my lifelong dream of going to Europe. Dean Smith gave me the tools to begin my life and discover who I truly am. I am and remain forever grateful to him. Anxiety and panic attacks led me to Dean. I didnâ??t know or understand what was wrong with me or why these attacks were starting to affect my life and well-being. I went to Dean because I thought I needed â??fi xingâ?? because something was wrong with me. Working together, I started to learn tools that helped me understand my anxiety. This helped me to stop fearing it; I can honestly say Iâ??m not scared anymore! Yet working with my emotions, using the many skills that I have learnt from Dean,helped me to see that I donâ??t need fi xing. I am perfectly normal, and my anxieties are symptoms triggered by something much deeper, thirty-five years of shame, guilt, and perfectionism . . . Now something was beginning to change â?? me. This has been the biggest challenge in my life; however, beginning to fi nally lean into my feelings of vulnerability, working with them, and understanding them has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. My greatest gratitude goes to Dean for helping me through my journey of awareness.


Brenda

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781479706334
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • Publication date: 10/17/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 877 KB

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