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A Life Less Anxious: Freedom from panic attacks and social anxiety without drugs or therapy Paperback – November 11, 2009
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In these stressful times, everyone can benefit from inspiring, practical suggestions on how to create peace of mind. Kudos to the author for this helpful book. Read it and reap. --Sam Horn, author of POP! and Tongue Fu!®
From the Author
Like many of the tens of millions in the U.S. who suffer from debilitating anxiety (and many more worldwide), I felt completely lost and hopeless at times. For years I turned to self-medication through alcohol, and doctors who prescribed just about every anti-anxiety and antidepressant medication on the market. I felt the medication numbed me both emotionally and physically, and worst of all - I was still anxious and having panic attacks! There had to be another way to beat anxiety.
My Personal Journey towards Freedom I spent years reading every book I could find on the subject of panic attacks, anxiety and psychology. I experimented with different therapies and mental-conditioning exercises, and explored various spiritual and religious approaches to life in the hopes of finding something that would help me.
I was determined to fix my anxiety problems without the use of any prescription medication or traditional talk therapy. Everything I learned and applied to my own life has completely changed me forever. I am free from panic attacks and my social anxiety problems, and have a new zest and excitement for life that I previously never thought I could achieve.
I wrote this book to help others free themselves from the shackles of panic attacks and anxiety, and to once again live a real life. I want everyone out there who is suffering to take the same journey towards freedom that I have taken, and to once again realize how amazing and wonderful life really is. You can put your life back together and live without the constant fears and worries that plague your mind now. Just imagine that!
No matter how bad off you feel you are, there is always hope. On many occasions I was just about ready to give up on life, feeling incredibly low, frustrated and hopeless. Yet I still was able to recover and create a new life full of hope and excitement for the future. I know you can do the same, and am hopeful that this book can help you along your journey towards freedom.
Top Customer Reviews
I have been struggling with Anxiety/Panic attacks since I was a teenager. I have read so many books, Listen to tons of CD's and bought an expensive Video program. None have ever helped me. Steves books is so well written, I read half the book the first night. Even thou I knew I wasnt the only one who struggled with Anxiety,this book shed a new light for me. I have yet to read a book where the Author so totally described my symptoms and understood what I am going thru. I am so glad I bought this book. Yesterday during a snow storm we were out doing errands I tried Steves breathing technique.. IT worked! I had gotten myself so worked up about the snow and fearing the "WHAT IFS" we slid off the road~~ I wasnt sure how I would ever make it home. I then started breathing as Steve says in the books and for the first time in my life,, I was able to get my anixety attack under control. Thank you Steve for writing this book. I highly recommend this bookfor anyone who is struggling with anxiety.
I have more trouble with depression than anxiety, and there were many tips that I have applied to my own life. The author is knowledgeable and funny, which keeps this book from being preachy, like so many self-help books are. I loved that he put detailed stories of what anxiety had done to him and his life. I was able to read those out loud to my husband as I read the book, and that did a lot to pique his interest in this book and actually give it a chance. This is the first self-help book I've ever found that my husband will actually read!
I know this review is getting long, but I have to add that the author addresses the side-effects of anti-depressants, which are regularly prescribed to help with anxiety. Namely, the sexual side-effects. It is difficult to discuss or admit that it happens, but it is such a huge drawback to those medications. This problem has had a tremendous impact on our life and it is one of the big reasons that we'd love for my husband to be off of the drugs.
1) do your panic attacks, like the author's, always last for 30 seconds or less? Once they're over do you feel refreshed and completely fear-free?
2) while at your most anxious, are you only worried about what you might do wrong instead of what might happen *to* you?
3) is the trigger to your anxiety or panic attacks something you can easily gain access to daily?
If you answered yes to these questions, congratulations. This book may be helpful to you. However, if you are someone whose panic lasts for longer than 30 seconds, you will read the book and shake your head. If your fears are centered around things you cannot control rather than your own actions, this book will frustrate you. If you do not have the opportunity to face your fears head on multiple times a day (i.e. fear of flying, etc) then the advice in this book will be useless to you.
I suggest reading the free excerpt available from Kindle before purchasing this book. It's really all about the author, and if your circumstances aren't the same as his, look elsewhere.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not only does Steve give you helpful tips and tricks to conquer your anxiety, but he also lets you in on his own personal experience with panic and anxiety. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Cape
The author is a very humanized writer who has had a lot of problems with panic and anxiety. He shows how he faced them and gives you various tools to help both cope and conquer. Read morePublished 24 months ago by AModestLion
Brilliant!! Such a piece of art, very helpful!! Definitely recommend!!! It's well written, doesn't advocate drugs. Author describes his personal experience.Published on May 29, 2014 by KAT
I've never had a panic attack and this seems to focus more on that... which doesnt help me, but I think identified myself with performance anxiety because of this book. Read morePublished on March 27, 2014 by Joseph Carle
A while back after suffering one of my more severe panic attacks I decided it was time to start reading up on the subject and this was one of the books I purchased at that time. Read morePublished on March 23, 2014 by Builderofstuff
It really helped my anxiety in general, this is a great book. It gives you insight on how anxiety works and how you can cope with it. If Steve did it, you can do it too!Published on May 12, 2013 by Armando Alaniz