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Help! I Think I'm Dying! Panic Attacks & Phobias: A Consumer's Guide to Getting Treatment That Works Paperback – January 1, 1996
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"Dr. Granoff charts a clear, sensible course through the confusion of the pseudo-health care circus, and leads his readers to seek accurate diagnoses and effective treatment from qualified professionals. A good informative read for lay audiences ...confronts the fear and confusion about anxiety disorders." -- Frank L. Ayd, Jr., M.D. Editor, International Drug Therapy Newsletter
"From the autobiographical narrative at the beginning through the descriptions of symptoms and treatment, the book is sound helpful reading. You can use this book to help your physician help you. Dr. Granoff explains both panic attacks and ...'agoraphobia' in an easily understandable and conversational tone. A valuable manuscript which ...will be carried around by patients ...for coping with the illness while awaiting their eventual recovery." -- C. R. Hillenbrand, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Loyola University, Chicago
"I liked the idea of how to find a physician, among the maze of so-called "professionals," who really knows what he is doing in terms of treating this disorder. This is needed more now than ever before. Of course your comments are not going to make you any friends among the managed care community. I certainly think it is time for people to recognize what professionals have known all along. Not all professionals are created equal and not all have the same skills or abilities or interests.
Your description of panic attacks and your treatment guide are very succinct and clear. They offer up-to-date material that gives people a very clear understanding of exactly why they might be experiencing the problem that they are having and how to get treatment for it." -- Lawrence S. Kuhn, M.D. Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry St. Louis University, St. Louis, Chairman, Dept. of Psychiatry DePaul Health Center, St. Louis
"Most of the publications available for lay audiences in bookstores are full of fantastic nonsense. Most of the public are unable to distinguish between the quackery being sold to them and the legitimate effective treatments for panic disorder ...your book spells out in a lucid, helpful manner the legitimate treatments that really work." -- David V. Sheehan, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry & Director, Office of Research, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, University of South Florida
"This book is unequivocally useful for patients and their families with panic disease. Half the battle ...is understanding what the disease is, how to cope with it, and how to seek proper help. It Is clearly written, very practical, and tells patients what they need to know ...it will be very beneficial to patients or their families to read ...a good source of information about what is a very common and sometimes devastating disease." -- John M. Davis, M.D. Gillman Professor of Psychiatry, University of Illinois, Chicago, Director of Research, Illinois State Psychiatric Institute, Chicago
"Your new publication Help, I Think I'm Dying! is an outstanding consumer guide in helping people understand panic attacks and phobias. It not only provides the lay public with a down-to-earth explanation of panic, anxiety and phobias, but it also furnishes them with sensible guidance on how to select professionals who will responsibly and effectively treat individuals with this disorder." -- Robert A. Devito, M.D. Chairman, Department of Psychiatry Loyola University, Chicago
About the Author
Dr. Granoff was raised in Miami Beach and is a 1963 graduate of Miami Beach Senior High School. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Florida majoring in zoology and minoring in chemistry and graduated in 1967. He received his medical degree in 1971 from the University of Tennessee in Memphis. His one year psychiatric internship was spent at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, ending in June 1972. He then served his country as an Army psychiatrist at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, from 1972- 1974 and is a veteran of the Vietnam Era and received a certificate for Meritorious Performance of Duty. His first two years of his psychiatry residency were spent at Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois, where he perfected his diagnosis and treatment. His final year of residency was spent at Illinois State Psychiatric Institute in Chicago where he was involved in psychiatric research and wrote and had his first of several scientific papers published. He has been in solo, private practice of psychiatry in Virginia Beach/Norfolk, Virginia, since 1977. He has been Board Certified in psychiatry since 1979. He was the president of the Tidewater Academy of Psychiatry and on the board of the Psychiatric Society of Virginia from 1986-1987. He has also served on numerous professional committees throughout the years. He was an Instructor of Psychiatry at Loyola University's Department of Psychiatry in 1976 and Instructor of Psychiatry at Eastern Virginia Medical School's Department of Psychiatry from 1977-1980. He was an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Eastern Virginia Medical School in 198 1. He has been interviewed on many local TV and radio programs, has written and has been quoted in many newspaper articles concerning different aspects of psychiatry. He has been married to Ann since 1970, and they have two daughters.
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Medication for anxiety and depression should be used only on a short-term basis with talk therapy to accompany. Dr. Granoff would prefer to keep you and your money all to himself, it seems. It took him actually mocking me after I had a bout with suicidal behavior for me to make a decision to break away. I felt like a battered wife. Abbott, it's time for you to retire. Take Ann on another lovely vacation. There's got to be some place on Earth you haven't visited yet.