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Hope and Help for Your Nerves [Mass Market Paperback]

Claire Weekes
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Sept. 27 1990 Signet
A proven program that desensitizes over-wrought nerves and eases feelings of anxiety, panic, and depression by using a variety of breathing and relaxation exercises.

"I recommend it with my whole heart."
— Ann Landers


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Dr. Claire Weekes is the author of the bestselling Peace from Nervous Suffering, also available in a Signet edition. In addition, Dr. Weekes, best known for her pioneering work in the study of nervous illness and anxiety, has lectured at psychiatric hospitals in Britain and has spoken often on radio and television both in Britain and in the United States.

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If you are reading this book because your nerves are "in a bad way,'' you are the very person for whom it has been written, and I shall therefore talk directly to you as if you were sitting beside me. Read the first page
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old, but still the best May 13 2004
By William
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am a clinical psychologist who has treated many people with panic disorder and agoraphobia. Claire Weekes' books are remarkably helpful. I ask every patient with panic disorder to read this book. It is interesting to me that the book was written before the term "panic disorder" was a common term and the book does not say it is for treatment of "panic." The descriptions of the panic experience are so descriptive, however, that every patient recognizes immediately that Dr. Weekes knows about panic. I have often heard patients say something like "it seemed like she was in my mind and body because she knew just what I was experiencing.
The terminology is out of date. However, the wisdom is just as useable now as when the book was written.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy to see this book is still around Feb. 21 2009
By Diane C
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this book 32 years ago and it literally saved my life. I had gone through such a terrible psychological trauma that I just couldn't get over it. I had been suicidal for months and the psychiatrists I put my thrust into just made the whole thing grow worse and worse. I finally left this big city hospital and its lousy staff and went back to my hometown, but with little hope of ever going any better. If I had to die, I wanted to do it at home, I told myself.
Then I fell on this book by accident. Sheer luck, I would say. It was right on target. It gave a name to my misery and a way out of it.
I still have it - as a memento, and also as a useful tool to pass on if I ever meet some poor soul stuck in the same hellish nightmare I knew once.
If you ever know somebody suffering from such a plight and feeling totally helpless about it, please, give this person a chance with this book. That may make a difference between life or death.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only book you need June 5 2005
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
One of the customer reviewers said a million stars wouldn't be enough. Claire Weekes is a saint if you ask me. This book has saved mine and I don't even know how many lives. God bless her wherever she is now because if she can't get into heaven......nobody will. Buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but slightly dated Dec 28 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Dr. Claire Weekes has written a good book for those who suffer from depression, panic disorder, insomnia, or other related things she terms "nervous illness" or "nervous attacks".
Alas, her terminology was one of the two problems I found with the book. In some places it was just odd and puzzling - such as use of the word "brainfag" (I tried to find that one in Webster, and couldn't) or descriptions of symptoms like "scalp ache" or one's head swinging back and forth on the pillow like a pendulum as he falls asleep. In other places it was just annoying and dated - "nervous illness" or "nervous attacks".
However, possibly in the author's defense is that the copyright on the book I read was 1969, and mental health terminology has definitely changed since then. She is also Australian; some of the things I'm deeming oddities may simply be regional variations in language. Dr. Weekes also seems to recommend shock treatment quite a bit, also likely due to the date of writing.
This unfortunately does not explain why the author failed to better describe one of the techniques heavily mentioned in her book - that of "floating". She advises an individual with agoraphobia to simply not resist their fear of exiting their home, but just "float" on out the door. Astonishingly, Dr. Weekes gives numerous examples of patients in whom this suggestion to "float" has suddenly worked wonders, with patients exclaiming how they're now "just floating" into all sorts of situations they previously feared.
To a reader who has been suffering from a complex illness, Dr. Weekes' obscure technique and advice may seem oversimplistic. She doesn't adequately describe floating, yet recommends it repeatedly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Panic Attacks--a MUST for those in need May 31 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've been meaning to write this review of this lifesaver of a book for some time now. I had come across this book over 10 years ago while I was frantically looking in the bookshop for some explanation of why I was 'going crazy'. At the time I didn't know I was having a panic attack. While I was a college student in LA, I was suddenly taken over by this feeling I was going to die and lose it at the same time. It was a freaky experience to say the least, something I had never experienced before. I had remembered a friend mentioning she had had panic attacks before and at the time I had no idea what she was talking about, I couldn't relate at all...until that night I had experienced it myself! I was studying for finals and had been dealing (or rather not dealing) with family problems, emotional problems, etc. When I flipped thru the first pages I felt the writer was speaking directly to me and telling me to relax and fear nothing cause this will pass. This was the mental crutch that carried me thru over 2 months of not being able to sleep without prescribed medication. Now I realize it was my body telling me that I had to slow down, stop and really look at myself, my life and learn to understand and recognize my feelings instead of stuffing them down inside, ignoring them, hoping they'd just go away. Claire Weekes' words of wisdom and compassion helped me to see I wasn't going mad and to understand my panic attacks and to let them just be and 'float' thru them. Since then I haven't had any attacks, but when I feel I'm on the edge of one, I go back to this book and remember to float and not fight. Fortunately I've been able to pass this book on to 2 people who had been going thru similar attacks and they were just as relieved and grateful that they were going thru something quite normal and natural. Thank you Claire Weekes for writing this book which I hope will find its way into those hands in need.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Has Anxiety Beat..!
This book and "At Last A Life" are the only ones to get if you are serious about coming out the other side a new person...
Published 1 month ago by Raven
5.0 out of 5 stars Great woman
Dr. Claire Weekes really had a handle on what causes anxiety and how it can escalate into chronic levels. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Daniel Felstead
5.0 out of 5 stars It all became clear
It was like she was talking directly to me. Great read, great self help, highly recommend if you need help with any health anxiety.
Published 7 months ago by Jodi G
5.0 out of 5 stars I promise it gets better
After having serious panic attacks and developing phobias and OCD behaviours since 2007 life seemed to be stuck in the past and it seemed to hurtful to continue even living. Read more
Published 8 months ago by SantaClaus
5.0 out of 5 stars If you feel overwhelmed, nervous, depressed, rea this book
please do not use my name. I chose this book for my sister in law who suffers fro anxiety.This book saved my sanity 30 years ago when I was desperate and though I was crazy. Dr. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Marie Balthazar
5.0 out of 5 stars It works better then anything saved my life
This book is amazing! I had such bad panic attacks i had to quite my job, i was unable to care for my child alone i needed someone there my marriage almost fell apart, i couldnt... Read more
Published 11 months ago by dusica
5.0 out of 5 stars re:Hope and Help for your nerves by Dr. Claire Weekes
It makes such good sense. That being said, to achieve positive results and heal oneself requires a great deal of discipline and determination. Read more
Published 12 months ago by veronica sanders
4.0 out of 5 stars Self help
Self help books have always been a challenge for me. But she offers good techniques and makes recovery seem probable
Published 15 months ago by Pamela Makinson
5.0 out of 5 stars The cure
This book cured me of ten years of severe panic disorder.
A must get if you suffer from anxiety attacks or panic disorder. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Linda Little
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope and Help for your Nerves
I have purchased about 6 of these books over the years. It is so well written, the author truly understands the issues nervous sufferers go through. Read more
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