The Sky Is Falling: Understanding and Coping with Phobias, Panic and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders

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Gracie hasn't left her house in thirty years out of fear she'll be contaminated. Jerry spent hours each day picking up debris on the subway platform. Norm's bridge phobia led him into alcoholism, messed up his marriage, and alienated his children. David - bright, young, ambitious - feared he'd lose his job because he so dreaded giving sales presentations. These are some of the case examples - exemplary of the approximately fourteen to twenty million people who suffer from anxiety disorders in this country - that ...
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Gracie hasn't left her house in thirty years out of fear she'll be contaminated. Jerry spent hours each day picking up debris on the subway platform. Norm's bridge phobia led him into alcoholism, messed up his marriage, and alienated his children. David - bright, young, ambitious - feared he'd lose his job because he so dreaded giving sales presentations. These are some of the case examples - exemplary of the approximately fourteen to twenty million people who suffer from anxiety disorders in this country - that are found in this riveting and helpful book. Raeann Dumont helps readers understand the features of obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, and panic. Utilizing cognitive therapy and self-help techniques, she helps readers recognize anxiety producing thoughts and shows how, through reality-testing and assessing anxiety situations, these compulsions can be managed. Included in this volume is a step-by-step self-help section, charts, and worksheets.

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Brian McCombie
Professional therapist Dumont writes for those millions of people whose lives are being "blighted by irrational fears." Whether a person suffers from some unnamed terror, an incapacitating anxiety, or a behavior they can't stop, Dumont believes that all are victims of "magic thinking," in which a conclusion has been formed without a rational thought process. She details this type of thinking and how it can come to dominate people's lives. Case studies of sufferers are presented, including a woman who experiences panic attacks in public places; a man terrified of driving over bridges; and a teenage boy who stops eating for fear of being poisoned. The last section gives pragmatic advice for recognizing fallacious thinking and setting both short-term and long-range goals to relieve these debilitating reactions. This book should also be quite helpful for those trying to aid someone with these problems.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780393038484
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/1996
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Pt. I Anxiety and Magic Thinking
Pt. II Tales of Magic Thinking
Pt. III How to Change Your Own Magic Thinking
Appendix 1 - Glossary
Appendix 2 - Self-Help Worksheets
Resource Guide
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2003

    Very Interesting and Informative

    I thought this book was great. Keeps you interested while providing great self-help advice. It helped me recover from OCD by discussing how to think logically and how to be free from "magic-thinking". Also gives great advice for those who are suffering from or know someone who is suffering from a phobia.

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