Hope and Help for Your Nerves Mass Market Paperback – Sep 4 1990
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About the Author
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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The terminology is out of date. However, the wisdom is just as useable now as when the book was written.
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.
This last paragraph is the entry I made in 1999 and now in 2012 I am still soooo grateful for Dr. Claire Weekes understanding of this problem. I wish everyone could read and understand how our body and mind work together. If we understood how we got ourselves into this state we could lose our fear of it and relax and eventually we would desensitize and feel great again. The world has not caught up with Dr. Weeks work and understanding. I'd recommend you read at least one of her books if you are ill (and even if you aren't) and follow her advise and it will prove to you that there is an answer to your prayers.
I never thought that stopping medication after 6 years could be so difficult really, so I stopped and everything seemed OK, but 2 months later PUM!!! the big shock I had the biggest relapse ever! couldn't sleep, couldn't eat, couldn't drive, work, or anything, I was just NOT self sufficient and yes I was completely in a downward spiral towards the most hurtful place a human being could ever experience.
I end up in the hospital for the 5th time in my life 'cause this anxiety was something I just couldn't cope. I was admitted in psychiatric help and I just remember screaming "Please put me back on meds or do just something to remove this nightmare I am living in!!!". The doctor didn't seemed to impress with my desperation and she just told me: "I can't medicate you, this is a battle you need to overcome just using your mind and no medication is necessarily, but wait, she said: I have a plan for you, go back home and read this book starting tomorrow and come back in a week"
It's been 3 months since that happened and even though I am not completely fine, I could say I feel 80% better, I haven't been so disciplined applying the techniques either because I feel that I can cope with the way I am feeling now. It is really sad but you have the tendency of feeling just bad and you just get used to.
Other thing that has really helped me has been mindfulness meditation, and I think that this kind of meditation is exactly what Dr. Weekes meant when she said on the chapter that talks about Masterly Inactivity it is exactly what mindfulness meditation is about.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Excellent book very helpful and explains clearly what stress and nerves can do to usPublished 9 months ago by C. Katchmar
This book has a fell over concepts like the concept of a housewife... Which I don't like, but replace housewife with unemployed person/student and it makes a lot of sense! Read morePublished 9 months ago by I fox
I have been treated for severe anxiety for nearly 30 years. I have suffered greatly and only recently found this book. It is AMAZING@! Read morePublished 13 months ago by A. Brown
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 19 months ago by Raven
Dr. Claire Weekes really had a handle on what causes anxiety and how it can escalate into chronic levels. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2014 by Daniel Felstead
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 on Jan. 19 2014 by Jodi G
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 morePublished on Nov. 26 2013 by Marie Balthazar