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"Must" reading for anyone suffering from panic or anxiety.
on May 8, 2000
Psychologist Denise F. Beckfield specializes in treating panic and anxiety. She has maintained a clinical practice for more than fifteen years, as well as written and lectured extensively about panic and anxiety. The second edition of Master Your Panic And Take Back Your Life: Twelve Treatment Sessions To Overcome High Anxiety updates research used in the popular first edition. It includes new information on how family backgrounds can contribute to anxiety disorders, an update on medications, and easier-to-use forms.
Dr. Beckfield set up the book "in twelve step-by-step 'sessions' that parallel those of an in-person treatment program." Each session includes exercises that "will help you tailor the lessons to your own unique circumstances." Most chapters also include "Special Help" summaries that provide additional information for specific situations.
The first few chapters discuss exactly what panic and anxiety are, and how they develop in various individuals. Dr. Beckfield then explains why panic and anxiety attacks happen in some circumstances and not in others that may seem similar. She then describes the "triggers" and teaches readers how to stop a developing attack.
One chapter discusses the various medications available, and how each one works. Dr. Beckfield says that the decision as to whether or not to take medication is an individual one, but emphasizes that it's important to work on overcoming anxiety by other means even when taking medications. That's because most medications are effective only in the short term and can't be relied upon for long-term relief.
She includes appendices on relaxation and breathing techniques, what to do when nothing seems to be working, and record-keeping forms that can be duplicated.
Dr. Beckfield says that people who suffer from panic or anxiety have had "your freedom taken away; your freedom to go where you wish, when you wish with whom you wish; your freedom to make choices in life without always having to consider your panic." Master Your Panic And Take Back Your Life will help readers take back their lives and regain that lost freedom. It's a must for anyone whose joy in life has been curtailed by any form of panic or anxiety.
Sandra I. Smith Reviewer