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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (May 1, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553272454
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553272451
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anxiety is not always psychological but rather a disease that can now be controlled. The symptoms are devastating: sudden unprovoked attacks of anxiety-accompanied by skipping and racing of the heart, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, dizzy spells. Even worse is the fear that you are losing your mind. But here's the good news. The more unexpected and unprovoked the attacks or the symptoms, the more likely that the victim is suffering from a biologically beset disease. What's more, medical science can now overcome this disease in virtually all cases through a combination of drugs and behavior therapy. Dr. David V. Sheenan, formerly of the Havard Medical School, is now the Director of Research of the College of Medicine at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He draws upon recent research and his own pioneering breakthroughs in the treatment of anxiety to present in this book: -Quizzes that will help you determine whether your anxiety is caused by normal stress or is the result of a genetically influenced physical disorder. Seven progressive stages of the disease-and the four steps necessary for recovery. Detailed case histories of former anxiety victims who are now leading full and productive lives. Reassurance and guidance to family members and friends who want to help, but don't know how. This book offers new hope to millions of men and women across the country.

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Anxiety is not always psychological but rather a disease that can now be controlled. The symptoms are devastating: sudden unprovoked attacks of anxiety-accompanied by skipping and racing of the heart, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, dizzy spells. Even worse is the fear that you are losing your mind. But here's the good news. The more unexpected and unprovoked the attacks or the symptoms, the more likely that the victim is suffering from a biologically beset disease. What's more, medical science can now overcome this disease in virtually all cases through a combination of drugs and behavior therapy. Dr. David V. Sheenan, formerly of the Havard Medical School, is now the Director of Research of the College of Medicine at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He draws upon recent research and his own pioneering breakthroughs in the treatment of anxiety to present in this book: -Quizzes that will help you determine whether your anxiety is caused by normal stress or is the result of a genetically influenced physical disorder. Seven progressive stages of the disease-and the four steps necessary for recovery. Detailed case histories of former anxiety victims who are now leading full and productive lives. Reassurance and guidance to family members and friends who want to help, but don't know how. This book offers new hope to millions of men and women across the country.

Customer Reviews

I literally thought that I was going crazy!
"ltsgodvls"
The Anxiety Disease book is a great tool to help understand what is going on with someone who has anxiety.
Deb J.
It is well organized and easy to understand.
Gregg L. Friedman MD

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By "ltsgodvls" on November 5, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is the most phenomenal writing on panic & anxiety disorder that I have read...and I have read almost all of them. Before being diagnosed with panic disorder I was in absolute turmoil. Every book, article & pamphlet that I had picked up only ever told of the MOST COMMON symptoms of the disorder, leaving me feeling alone and helpless. My symptoms went far beyond the most commonly observed ones. I had no idea what was wrong with me. I literally thought that I was going crazy! It wasn't until after one more exhausting day living with the fear that I would never be the same again that I stumbled upon Dr. Sheehan's book at the University of South Florida's campus library. Despite the fact that my eyes seemed as if they were completely dialated and my hands and feet were shaking uncontrollably I could not put this book down. This was the first time in my several months of suffering that I finally thought that I was going to be ok. Dr. Sheehan had simply told accounts of other people's bouts with panic in detail. It was these stories that made me realize that I was not alone. There were other people in the world going through the same thing as me. It was because of the information in this book that I decided to contact Dr. Sheehan to see if he could help me too. To my complete amazement I found that he was working in the clinical psychology department at the University of South Florida. He has been my doctor ever since. His many years of study involving panic and anxiety disorders has left him with an incredibly vast knowledge of the subject. I would reccomend it to anyone suffering from panic and anxiety disorder as well as anyone else who would like a broader understanding of this debilitating disease that is affecting more and more people everyday. At the risk of sounding overly dramatic I would like to conclude in saying that this book literally saved my life.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Richard Gargano on January 8, 2001
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This book was the first step in changing my life and ending anxiety's control over it. This book should be read by those *who feel they suffer alone; *who feel they have a personality flaw that causes their anxiety; *who discourage themselves because they mistakenly believe that their anixety can be overcome by 'pulling themselves together' like 'other people do'; *are afraid to take medicines for anxiety
Sheehan's book breaks the taboo that 'its all in your mind', but rather demonstrates how the "anxiety disease" has a biological base and thus can be treated ... completely managed by proper medication.
Though dated (many new medicines have come to the market since Sheehan's book), this book explains to the lay person the new paradigm of modern psychopharmacology. (It should be required reading for every psychiatrist!)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Gray on September 21, 2001
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An excellent book about panic attacks which approaches the disease from a biological perspective. Sheehan covers the seven progressive stages of the disease, causes, treatment and recovery, using case histories as examples. The book also contains an anxiety scale to help you determine whether the level of your anxiety is excessive.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 9, 1999
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I'm a person who's had panic disorder and OCD for as far back as I can remember. It's a real challenge to get someone who doesn't have these disorders to understand what they're like. This book is the absolute best at describing the undescribable. The medications are out-of-date, but this is a must for every support of a panic disorder victim.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By TESORRELL@aol.com on August 14, 1997
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This book saved my life and many others known & unknown to me.It tells of unbelievable stories symptoms, etc...that so many of us share. Dr. Sheehan is empathic to the people that suffer from this horrible illness and yet he isn't affraid to educate the person with his intense knowledge of not only the symptoms of the disease, but the treatments as well! Thank you Dr. David Sheehan. You are a true knight in shinning armor, a light at the end of a long tunnel..
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 30, 1998
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Excellent writing, lists, charts & more help this book remain not only interesting but also easy to read & informative from the first chapter to the last. Sheehan helps those who suffer from all forms of anxiety & panic disorders as well as those who live with them, to understand the biological basis of their disease & to find ways to obtain relief. Far from a stale medical book, The Anxiety Disease not only contains excellent background information but also symptom lists, information about medications & their side affects, suggestions about treatment & encouragement for each step of the process. First recommended to me by a Psychiatrist friend, I now recommend it myself & use this book in on-line workshop groups for those with anxiety & phobias under the auspices of the The Life Challenges Empowerment Action Project (LEAP)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 3, 1999
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The book is well organized and extremely accurate. The book impowers you by explaining the evolution of anxieties and how to find relief. It's the beginning to the end!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 6, 2000
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This book was what my psychiatrist told me to get and read when I was first diagnosed with panic disorder. This book is amazing! It was so relieving to be able to relate to the life experiences detailed in the book. It was educational insofar as describing the physical and emotional and mental aspects of panic attacks and panic disorder. This book is a must have for anyone with panic disorder or for anyone who loves someone with panic disorder.
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