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Fear Is No Longer My Reality Hardcover – December 14, 2004
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Thanks to the reality TV show The Bachelorette, Blyth is now known to millions of Americans as a "finalist"-and millions more know him as a guest on Oprah talking about his panic/anxiety disorder. Now he relates in full the story of how his disorder developed and, more importantly, how he overcame it, offering hope and concrete advice to others who suffer from debilitating anxiety. Blyth relates how he, an outgoing and secure boy, was first struck by panic and social anxiety (a crippling fear of being seen and judged by others) while in college, when it caused him to lock himself in his dorm room for a month. "Panic seemed like an insurmountable wall, and I couldn't see any future beyond it," he writes. His book is chock full of comments and advice from experts in social and other anxiety disorders, and Blyth explains various forms of treatment, from medication to therapy and guided imagery, and what worked and didn't work for him. Particularly for young people, who will identify with Blyth, this is a very good starting place to get past that terrifying wall of anxiety.
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"Jamie's courage to face his fears and his conviction to reach out to others makes this an inspirational, helpful book." -- Jerilyn Ross, MA, LICSW, director, The Ross Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders and author of Triumph Over Fear
"Jamie's story reminds you that no matter what stands in your way, you can create success beyond your wildest expectations." -- Bill Rancic, winner of The Apprentice
Top customer reviews
You wrote a wonderful book. I am proud of your guts not only to go on the show but to tell the world that a person with a condition that has a mental basis is just like the rest of us.
Depression, anxiety, Bi polar and schizofrenia are disorders just as is cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Not every mental disorder is able to be overcome. Some require a lot of understanding and love. I am glad that in Jamies case he was able to overcome such hurdles.
It is my hope that people suffering from "mental" conditions be treated with the respect and courage that they deserve just like we treat cancer and MS patients. Keep up the good work in getting this out to everyone. We are not in the stone age and we now know that mental disorders are not just laziness or lack of effort.
Jamie Blyth describes his bout with panic vividly and without shame. These particular chapters were the most powerful and in my view helpful. Its rare to read the awful situation that one with panic can go through, and then his struggle and strength of conviction to make it through. I applaud the author for this. Finally someone uses his 15 minutes of reality fame to help others. he should be applauded.
In my email I wrote:
"I'm sorry to say I didn't get a chance to catch you on the bachelorette. But I was recommended your book. I'm in the middle of reading it right now, and I'm loving it. I've been struggling with anxiety disorder all my life and its just recently that its starting to really interfere with my life. I love how its formatted, your book, the way you have your story and then all this advice and information. Its really helpful and at the same time very entertaining. Its always nice to read books like this that I can really relate to."
So today as I was writing a difficult chapter, I got an unexpected email.
I just want to drop a line and say thank you for writing to me and I am happy that you found the book to be helpful. Since Oprah and after the book, many people have shared their heartfelt stories of pain and struggle, and the more I read them, the more I realize that they are all different and yet somehow the same. We share a bond. As painful as our lives can be with anxiety, our problems are not unique to us. Anxiety is the most common mental health problem in the United States today. We truly are not alone and we are not without hope. These two quotes have helped me out a bunch: "If there is no struggle, there is no progress"...Frederick Douglas.
"Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is the quiet voice at the end of the day that says I will try again tomorrow"
Thanks again for writing. I really appreciate that! "
Jamie Blyth's Fear Is No Longer My Reality, is an amazing book of triumph over tragedy and will be most appreciated by anyone with anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorder affects over 19.1 million adults in the United States. It is the most common mental illness in the United States.
Intrigued? You should be. Fear is No Longer My Reality has advice from professionals who deal with this disorder.
Personally, this book has changed my life.
(I also think its phenomenal that Jamie takes the time to write back to his fans.)