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Anxiety, Phobias, & Panic: A Step-by-Step Program for Regaining Control of Your Life [Paperback]

Reneau Z Peurifoy
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Sept. 1 1995
An experienced professional counselor offers an understanding of common nervous disorders--from mild anxiety and stress to severe agorophobia--and shows how they can be controlled. Originally self-published.

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5.0 out of 5 stars more helpful than I could have imagined June 13 2003
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I began experiencing discomfort and then panic attacks after some stressful periods in my life several years ago. The panic attacks got so bad that I had trouble going to and being at work, going out for entertainment, and at various other times including when I was at home.
For a while I couldn't figure out what was happening to me. After finally figuring out that I was having panic attacks I bought this book. Following the chapters in the book, it took about four weeks to have complete control over my anxiety. The methods for eliminating the episodes were fantastic and have really saved me in many areas of my life.
I would highly recommend this book. It addresses anxiety as well as OCD and various phobias. It's been several years since I got this book and went through it and I have not had a single panic attack since. While I still do experience everyday stress, and sometimes a lot of it - this book has made me better at recognizing and handling very stressful situations far better than I ever could prior to reading it. I wish I had read this book prior to ever having the panic attacks. It will help you change your perspective and turn stressful events into exciting and enjoyable ones.
I can't say enough good about this book - If you have panic attacks or experience anxiety or even just want to improve your ability to handle pressure, you should _definitely_ buy and read this book!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Well balance approach!! Feb. 27 2003
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Format:Paperback
A year ago I had a 'panic attack'. I could not seem to get past it. My life seemed to have changed over night. Things got really scary. I've been extremely successful in my career and never before had I felt 'stressed' or even thought about anxiety. I feared that my panic attack was a sign of weakness and my life would crumble.
After reading through several books, I was blessed to have come across this one. Most of the other books I read lost me about half way through when they became corny and unrealistic.
This book is easy to follow and takes you step-by-step through explaining to you what's going on and what you can do about it. I can't tell you how much better I feel already. READ IT!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Guide Will Help You Get Your Life Back!!! June 2 2002
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I cannot even begin to describe how this book has helped me. After being diagnosed with Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia I turned to it and here I am almost fully recovered! The lessons are so unbelievably helpful and practical. It's worth reading more than once. This book was my counselor, and I am thankful for having found it! There's no need to live in fear and this wonderful book can help you overcome those fears or at least learn to accept them and continue living a full and happy life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Made me change views about "self-help" April 1 2002
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Format:Paperback
I don't like self-help books, I regard them (probably because of a very technical background) as snake oil sales tools. But I do have to say that Mr. Peurifoy's book lays a very real and clear image about anxiety, phobias and a method to deal with them.
The difference, and the only reason I took the time to read the book is that Mr. Peurifoy, besides counseling, is a teacher by training, so he lays out his book like an anxiety course (he uses footnotes, end of chapter exercises, additional recommended reading material, references to associations, etc)
The result is that I became interested in the subject and decided to help myself by understanding my situation, convincing myself about the possible routes to heal and then acting with conviction.
So... did I like the book? Yes, I do recommend it as a clearly written and practical method to deal with anxiety.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to understand Anxiety and gain control of it. Jan. 13 2002
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Format:Paperback
This is an excellent book on the subject of anxiety. I am a mental health professional and I regularly recommend it to my clients and in classes I teach on the subject.
The author does a good job of educating us about this very prevalent problem. The book utilizes the Cognitive/Behavioral model to help people overcome their fears.
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5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding aid for anxiety sufferers Dec 27 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
If you are seeking help with any kind of anxiety this is the book for you. Very well balanced with chapters on both the physical and the cognitive (mental) aspects of dealing with anxiety. This book is written in precise, easy to understand language, accesible to everyone. Don't be "anxious" about picking it up! I found the chapters on breathing and meditation especially helpful, though as I read on, I was able to make use of much of the advice in the cognitive realm as well (i.e., challenging beliefs that can cause frustration and anxiety). Thanks Mr. Peurifoy!
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This is a bargain! I have used this book with many clients who suffer with PTSD, OCD, specific Phobias, and other severe anxiety disorders. For those suffering trauma symptoms but lack the memories of the events that likely generated these symptoms this book offers an approach that does not directly address the issue of trauma (as you know, PTSD is an anxiety disorder. Some have suggested it should be called "Chronic Fear Disorder.") Rather it teaches you how your body works when it gets overloaded by fear and anxiety. Several psychophysisiological theories are explained and diagrammed. The criteria for various kinds of anxiety disorders articulated and explained (so you can see which one or ones you suffer from). A pre-test is included that you can take and score yourself -- and retake as you progress through the program to chart specific changes you make along the way. The author walks you through the irrational thinking patterns that accompany anxiety symptoms that seem to "come out of nowhere" and tells you specific ways to counter these irrational thoughts. Further, it gives you practical information about the roots of the "high anxiety personality" and some of the possible causes being so endowed. The book teaches numerous exceptionally effective techniques for regaining a sense of control and self-efficacy. These include establishing a daily routine of decompressing, cognitive monitoring, desensitization, visualization, tips on overcoming perfectionism and the excessive need for approval and control. I have my patients "memorize" the chapter (I think it is Chapter 5)on the 10 most common cognitive distortions that accompany anxiety and depression. Read more ›
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