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Gail Elizabeth Wyatt, Ph.D. author of Stolen Women: Reclaiming Our Sexuality, Taking Back Our Lives This is a book for everyone. Let the healing begin.

Julia A. Boyd psychotherapist and author of Can I Get a Witness? Dr. Angela Neal-Barnett's wisdom, direction, and practical techniques for addressing and managing anxiety, panic, and fear are right on time for a nation of Black women who are sick and tired of being sick, tired, and afraid. Soothe Your Nerves will be a must-have on my clients' resource reading guide. Dr. Neal-Barnett helps to shatter the old myths of what it means to be a strong Black woman while giving us encouraging wisdom on being today's healthy Black woman. Thanks so much for your wisdom.

Gail Elizabeth Wyatt, Ph.D. author of Stolen Women: Reclaiming Our Sexuality, Taking Back Our Lives and coauthor of No More Clueless Sex: Ten Sexual Secrets that Can Work for Both of You Dr. Angela Neal-Barnett uncovers a much ignored problem and identifies strategies for healing the effects of anxiety on women's lives. This is a book for everyone. There are few psychologists who can tell the stories of those who have suffered from anxiety disorders. Dr. Neal-Barnett speaks for others as no one else can. Let the healing begin.

Dr. Jeff Gardere television and radio host author of Love Prescription Soothe Your Nerves addresses the major "invisible" health issues for women of color: anxiety, panic, and fear! Dr. Barnett provides a comprehensive explanation, in laymen's terms, of the causes and predisposing factors of these emotional conditions and their destructive effects on Black women. She offers self-help exercises and commonsense, workable solutions that range from conventional medicine to holistic and spiritual treatments. A must-read for women, men, and treatment professionals, Soothe Your Nerves offers hope and healing, which will invariably result in the empowerment of Black women in all aspects of their lives.

Renita J. Weems, Ph.D. author of Showing Mary and Just a Sister Away The sin and shame is not in suffering from an anxiety disorder. The sin and shame is in failing to call it what it is and in not getting the help we need and deserve as African-American women. Dr. Angela Neal-Barnett helps us face our disorders and shows us where to turn for help.

Anita Bunkley author of Mirrored Life Soothe Your Nerves by Dr. Angela Neal-Barnett is a must-read for all women of color. The information is extremely valuable and presented in a manner that allows Dr. Neal-Barnett's message to hit home. Even if you don't suffer from "nerves," you need to read this book and become better informed about the conditions that may affect the well-being of the women in your life.

Yvonne Pointer-Triplet author of Behind the Death of a Child As a Community Activist, primarily in the African-American community, I witness many women who unfortunately carry the weight of the world on their shoulders. In Soothe Your Nerves, Dr. Angela Neal-Barnett has provided us with the key that will unlock the shackles of pressure. By defining our anxieties, we can realize that we no longer have to buy the bacon and fry it up in a pan. We are free at last!

About the Author

Dr. Angela Neal-Barnett is an award-winning psychologist and a faculty member at Kent State University, where she directs the Program for Research on Anxiety Disorders among African Americans. She is also the founder and CEO of RISE, SALLY, RISE®, a company dedicated to helping Black women deal with anxiety. She lives in Tallmadge, Ohio, with her husband and daughter.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Original ed. edition (September 2, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743225384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743225380
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #597,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a black woman who has suffered from "bad nerves," Dr. Angela Neal-Barnett's book "Soothe Your Nerves" was a welcomed and much-needed work in my life. Everyone has heard of the SUPER WOMAN, those women who can be mother and worker and homemaker and lover, and whatever other titles there are to staple onto her. This super woman icon is even more prevalent in the black community, and when you have a culture that for the most part, would rather work out their problems themselves instead of seek outside help, it's not hard to see why thousands of black women suffer from anxiety disorders.
What Neal-Barnett does in "Soothe Your Nerves" is first reassure women by letting them know that they are not weak because they need help, and then she explains reasons why black women-historically-have not sought outside help for their problems. From there, Neal-Barnett offers a variety of methods for women to utilize in order to begin the healing process and embark on reclaiming their lives. Outside of the great information that Neal-Barnett provides in the book, what I loved most about it is that I finally 'felt' that I was not alone, that there are others, like me, who need guidance, who need to be reassured that there is nothing wrong with them, that these problems can be removed. Neal-Barnett's book, I believe, can be used as a bridge to spark discussion and bring forth community among black women so we can create support systems and give the help that so many sisters need.
Shon Bacon
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As an African American female and a doctoral student in psychology who specializes in research and treatment of anxiety disorders, I personally and professionally recommend this book to all readers who think they may suffer from "bad nerves." It is difficult to discuss anxiety disorders in a community as easily "spooked" by talk of mental health concerns as ours is, but Dr. Barnett manages to pull it off. My only slight criticism is that Dr. Barnett seems to often make the assumption that all of her readers are not only Christian, but Southern Baptist. Other than that, this is a very much needed addition to the popular literature on anxiety in African Americans, and I hope that individuals who could benefit from this book will pick it up.
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Dr. Angela Neal-Barnett practiced psychotherapy especially with black women who typically avoid such treatments because the community and family expect these super strong females to overcome their case of "bad nerves". Dr. Neal-Barnett contends that "bad nerves" is a euphemism for anxiety and a myriad of fears and phobias. She ties her anecdotal findings with religious beliefs so as to make the case that more black women need professional help. However, the image of superwoman and the lack of African-American female psychotherapists lead to the use of home remedies for such problems as obsessive-compulsive disorder, overeating and drug and alcohol abuse.
This book is written in such a manner as to encourage African-American females and others to seek professional help and where to go to find that assistance. Current medicines that are commonly prescribed at least in the white communities are also described. Though aimed at the black women, any person who suffers from anxiety and panic attacks will find this guide a solid first step. Dr. Neal-Barnett provides solace and assurance to overcome the fear of those first steps towards seeking help, something this reviewer first hand understands the difficulty due to the social stigmatism.
Harriet Klausner
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Not only did I find this book extremely informative, but Dr. Neal-Barnette managed to make it light hearted and entertaining through her sharing of real-life anxiety experiences with her clients, family members and friends. Great book!
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Soothe Your Nerves explores a topic that many women, especially black women, don?t discuss but find that we suffer from a lot. ?Nerves? is what we call it, when in fact we are suffering from a treatable and curable ailment called Anxiety. Many black women have been raised to believe that we shouldn?t seek or accept professional help for problems and we?ve been so conditioned to adapt to our problems that we readily don?t recognize we suffer from this condition. Using examples of people she?s knows and/or has treated, Dr. Angela Neal-Barnett exposes anxiety, panic and fear and gives advice on how treatment can turn a life around.

Soothe Your Nerves contains self-assessments to recognize Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, examines the types of drugs commonly prescribed for treatment, and even takes the time to distinguish between psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors and lay personnel by degree and length of internship. She further lists websites and other helpful numbers for people seeking assistance with personal issues. I like the use of examples the best and while I don?t think that we are actually searching for ourselves through the pages, the subjects Dr. Neal-Barnett chooses to highlight are wonderfully illustrated with people we might encounter in our lives. We might encounter ourselves. A strong proponent of ?Sister Circles?, there are even examples of charters and step-by-step instruction on starting a circle.

I am especially pleased to see that faith is mentioned in the book. Oft times, as illustrated in the book, we are taught that if we pray more and seek to turn our lives more toward our Creator, all things will be solved. It is nice to be reassured that seeking professional help for a mental issue isn?
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