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Over the years these episodes have continued and for so long I used modern terminology to describe them, such as major depressive episode and other DSM terms. I would spend days and days searching the internet, reading blogs, articles and more and NEVER NEVER finding anything that sounded like what I was going through. I heard a lot about disorders, like GAD and it all pointed to mental illness. I have tried to avoid anti-depressants my whole life as wish to see if this pain has a purpose, and I do not wish to block it, but recently had decided to begin on a series due to how exhausted I was with a recent episode that has been on and off for a month. For so long I waded through my sub-conscious, sought therapy, dug into my childhood, analyzed and analyzed and analyzed everything desperate to discover the cause and the root of this demon within. Just when I felt like I understood something, some new aspect of the problem would present itself and it was all back to the beginning.
For me, I never related to the panic attacks that I heard a lot about. There seemed to be a blurred line, but I never felt like I was dying, or like my heart was going to explode. I had cold sweats, and racing pulse, and heart beating out of my chest, but it lasted for hours, not minutes and panic attacks didn't sound like what I had, although MENTALLY I was in a full on panic often. This book clarifies the difference and the reasons why they are the same.
I offer this story because I believe after reading this book, that I was never alone. Due to the complexity of terms now and the fact that so much is simply labeled mental illness and disorders there is no help to be found for FACING our problems and our anxiety, just new ways to label things and new medications to help us not feel. The truth is that often times those who suffer from this illness are beautiful souls who feel the depth of beauty in this world more acutely than many others and this sensitivity is why they love so deeply, feel the pain of others as if it were their own and why they are the poets, artists, dreamers, inventors, who taste the stuff of God in every breath, yet these powers when out of balance can create madness and chaos because of our sensitivity. Understanding such factors as the sympathetic nervous system being out of balance and the anxiety finding fuel in thinking patterns that are destructive was huge for me. To learn to let a thought float, to accept it, and pass through it, no matter how uncomfortable it was was pure poetry to understand. In time I learned that this anxiety was a messenger, and the message had grown so loud as to be deafening because I had ignored the whispers, the quiet pleas, and the loud protestations of my inner life and the deeper hidden feelings for far too long. When the anxiety came, I learned to view it as a welcome guest, here to deliver a precious gift to me. For the first time I stopped fighting and learning to bring no hatred, denial, or rage to my anxiety, but instead to bring compassion and curiosity to it. Once this dynamic was changed, everything changed.
This book stands apart from ANYTHING else I have yet found. I am sure there is other useful material out there, but please get this book if you struggle with any kind of deep anxiety. We know how much this can hurt, and how it can be truly living hell to endure. Worse than all else, anxiety changes the very way we see the world, blurring the truth and clouding needed judgement. Please begin the process of getting the help you need from a doctors whose life work lives on in each of us. Her love is plain, her concern so deeply felt even in the way she writes. She knows what it is to endure this, somehow she knows and more than this she gives the way out for those who are able to realize the truth of her words.
You are not alone. Remember it is often your beauty which can turn too deeply inward and creates fear which when met with a serious problem/conflict can result in a nervous explosion. This is the way out, along with love from others, and the help of God where faith is already in place. I deeply hope that all might find a way to welcome this very challenging problem and the pain it brings as a wonderful gift and invite it in and cease to do battle with it. This is the beginning of all change I believe, to cease to war, and to insist that even the most painful experiences carry with them the light of deeper truth, and are in fact gifts from the recesses we may have long ago abandoned.
May you be blessed on the journey and I very much hope this book can help you begin or take another step as it did me.
Well I read it and, "spoiler alert"......... I loved it. I knew that this was the best anxiety book I had ever read or ever would read, and when I started my blog and decided to do anxiety book reviews, I knew this book was going to be one of the first books I wrote about.
As I started reading this book again a few weeks ago, it immediately came back to me what a genius Dr. Weekes was. Sadly, she passed away about 25 years ago and what a huge loss to the mental health world it is because there is nobody on Earth, at least that I can think of, who "gets" anxiety the way that she does. I have always said to myself that she should have won a Nobel Prize for her work in self help and psychiatry, and after reading this bio the other day, I discovered that she actually was nominated for the Nobel....... twice. She was that brilliant.
Another thing I have wondered in the past, while reading "Hope and Help For Your Nerves", is HOW Dr. Weekes knew what she knew. I knew she "got it"....but how did she "get it"? Anxiety disorders are a pretty difficult thing to grasp for people who haven't experienced it themselves. I knew she was a well educated woman in the field of mental health.....but how did she know anxiety so well?
I later found out that it is because Dr. Claire Weekes had an anxiety disorder herself while studying to become a doctor. She usedher knowledge and personal beliefs about anxiety to heal from her "nervous exhaustion" and decided to use her experiences and knowledge to help others. What an amazing, remarkable happening it was that THIS particular woman happened to get an anxiety disorder. Without that happening, her interests in medicine and research may have steered elsewhere and hundreds and thousands of people may not have found the help that they needed.
Okay, back to the book. "Hope and Health For Your Nerves" is brilliant not only for the information that it contains...but for the way that it is written. Dr. Weekes' goal with this book is not to inspire, or motivate, or hold the reader's hand. She is not trying to share the story of her life and "tell her tale of strength and courage". There is nothing self indulgent about her writing style. This book is about YOU....the reader.
This book was written to be an instruction manual for people who live with anxiety disorders. And it does the job beautifully.
If you don't know why you are feeling the symptoms of anxiety, she is there to tell you why. If you don't know how to make those symptoms better, she will tell you how to make them better.
I honestly think that every person who goes to the doctor with an anxiety problem should just be given a copy of this book, told to go home and read it and then call the office for another appointment if they still feel like they need some help.
I'm not sure all that many people would call back for another appointment.
Dr. Weekes says that she will show you how to "cure" your anxiety. I don't think she meant cure permanently, because she herself admits that she still suffered from bouts of panic later on in her life. But I think this book could definitely cure you of the idea that there is something seriously wrong with you...and that is 90% of the answer to anxiety right there. She demystifies it so much, that it just all starts to make perfect sense and seem like a pretty "normal" thing. This book takes the "overwhelming" out of anxiety. It makes it a "real" thing, that exists for a reason...as opposed to some strange force that comes in and blows your world apart.
"Hope and Help For Your Nerves" is so full of information that it practically bursts at the seams. Dr. Weekes discusses the physical aspects of anxiety, as well as the mental aspect. She touches on every anxiety symptom there is....depersonalization, jelly legs, palpitations, panic attacks, insomnia, morning dread.........if you are experiencing it, chances are she has written about it in this book and will explain it confidently, swiftly and efficiently. Dr. Weekes does not waste a single space in this book with frivolous details. There is no fluff.....only substance. Every single word is there to serve one purpose: to teach.
She teaches in a way that makes it easy to learn and understand. Every anxiety topic that she covers is explained in a way that is so easy and simplistic that you almost feel a little silly for not having figured it out for yourself. That is where the beauty of this book lies. Dr. Weekes knows her reader doesn't have the mental energy or focus to read a bunch of medical terminology and scientific explanations for why they have anxiety. She was a research scientist at the beginning of her career and could easily have chosen to use the same "textbook style" approach that some physician - self help authors use.....especially those authors who were published back in the 1960's, which is when this book was first published. But Dr. Weekes understood who her reader was and knew that for them, a different, more simple approach would be the most beneficial. And that approach still holds up to this day. No matter how tired you are....no matter how anxious you are....this is a very readable book that will have you feeling better about your anxiety situation from the very first page.
In my opinion, this book gives you everything you need to know about your anxiety disorder. There are no questions unanswered. It will tell you how you ended up where you are, and it is the closest thing you will ever find to a map that will take you back to where you are supposed to be.
If you have an anxiety disorder, or a loved one with an anxiety disorder, I highly recommend this book to you. Its not only a game changer....its a life changer.
Fleur de Lisa, Anxiety Blogger at TheWorryGames.com
the help of this book, so we also bought it for one of our son's and a grandson and one of our grandsons teenage stepdaughters loves it. They all say it is a common sense step by step approach that is working for them. Of course I found it on Amazon ♥