Dancing with Fear: Controlling Stress and Creating a Life Beyond Panic and Anxiety
Publisher: Hunter House
ISBN 10: 0897934768
ISBN 13: 978-0897934763
Responsible, sensitive, hardworking, and desiring to please others- these traits might charactirize one's ideal partner or employee. They are also, strangely enough, among the traits found in those most prone to anxiety disorders. Foxman, the author of two othe books and director of the Center for Anxiety Disorders in Burlington, Vermont, helps readers reduce or even prevent the development of anxiety disorders by teaching how to work with one's particular biology and personality traits. Based in his own battle with anxiety disorder and decades of research and work with clients, his book is compassionate and wise, offering multiple alternatives to pharmaceuticals while clarifying the situations in which medication is necessary and helpful. - Kristen Morris, Foreword Magazine
There have been endless books written by countless authors on the subject of anxiety and how best to identify and cope with its paralyzing manifestations. What makes Dancing with Fear so special and so welcome is that Paul Foxman speaks eloquently and intelligently to the two key people involved in accomplishing full recovery from this insidious problem: the sufferer and his therapist. Because Dr. Foxman knows, firsthand, what gut-wrenching anxiety feels like, he never minimizes its impact nor does he hide his own humanness behind his degree. It become obvious from the first chapter that Dr. Foxman is a consummate professional who, thank heavens, can honestly teach from his heart. - Ann Seagrave coauthor of Free from Fears
Dr. Foxman's book, Dancing with Fear, is a comprehensive and compassionate overview of the most crippling of our 'social diseases'-fear-with a wealth of practical approaches to loosening its hold on us. The work will find a wide and appreciative audience. - Joseph Chilton Pearce author of Magical and Evolution's End
For anybody who recognizes that stress can't be avoided, only managed, psychologist Paul Foxman's Dancing with Fear is a splendid resource. Dr. Foxman delivers the coping tools and techniques all the more effectively for his wisdom, compassion, insight, and graceful prose. - John Stickney, Senior Features Editor, Fitness Magazine
This book by Dr. Paul Foxman has all but paved the path to peace, the way to freedom from anxiety. He offers a clear exposition of what severe anxiety is, where it comes from, and what to do about it. He shares his personal experience with trauma and anxiety, as well as his understandings gained from decades of helping others. Is his easy style, Dr. Foxman provides unlimited hope and specific information on how anxiety can be overcome..."undoubtedly the finest book ever on this topic...Surely the most profound and yet readable book on anxiety and its treatment...You will feel greatly rewarded by reading this best of all possible books on anxiety and its cure. You will be excited by this powerful book. - John R. Pullen, Ph.D., National Director of CHAANGE (Center for Help for Anxiety/Agoraphobia through New Growth Experiences)
Paul Foxman offers not only inspiration and hope, but also a practical road map that explores the various aspects of recovery from anxiety. Readers will be in good hands as Foxman compassionately shares his hard-won wisdom, starting with the sometimes-brutal origins of his own anxiety and continuing with his personal and professional journeys. This timely book is a godsend to those struggling to find inner peace in an ever-shrinking world of accelerating changes. - Erika B. Hilliard, MSW, RSW, author of Living Fully with Shyness and Social Anxiety
Anxiety, stress and fear are emotions we all feel at one time or another. A test, a certain work assignment, or a near miss at the red light, can cause us to feel this way. But what if you felt this way all the time? Approximately thirty seven million Americans suffer from severe anxiety disorders and live with constant worry and fear.
Dancing with Fear is an in-depth look at anxiety disorders and the process for recovery. Dr. Foxman writes from the perspective of a psychologist as well as the perspective of one who has lived with an anxiety disorder...I found the book to be exceptionally well organized. Chapters included topics such as “What is Anxiety?”, “How Anxiety Develops”, “Facing Your Fears and Phobias”, “Spirituality and Anxiety”,and “Should You Take Medication for Anxiety – Or Not?” Extremely useful information written in a plain and easy to read format.
This book is intended for those who suffer from anxiety disorders, their family members, and the mental health professionals who treat them. As a family member of someone with an anxiety disorder, I found Dancing with Fear very helpful in my understanding of anxiety disorders, their causes, and solutions for recovery. Talking to my husband about his anxiety is not easy. Usually when the topic comes up, it is during an anxious moment, when he is not at his most calm or rational. By reading Dancing with Fear, discussing his anxiety became easier. As I read the book, we would discuss the chapters each evening before bed. This was a calm time, and we were able to discuss my husband’s anxiety in a non-threatening way. We practiced the breathing exercises together and talked about his symptoms and strategies for recovery.
I would recommend Dancing with Fear to anyone interested in the topic of anxiety for personal or academic reasons. Dr. Foxman is very knowledgeable about the subject and as is stated on the cover “This book provides information on relieving anxiety and replacing fear with peace, optimism, and joy.” Who could ask for more? - April Sullivan for Reader Views
From the Back Cover
This book is for everyone who has experienced severe anxiety and wants to be free from abnormal fear. It is also for therapists, counselors, and other helping professionals who treat patients suffering from anxiety disorders. Dancing with Fear, which features a unique cognitive-behavioral approach, is a complete mind-body plan for understanding and overcoming anxiety disorders. Known as the CHAANGE program, this specific method has been found to be 80 percent successful in treating anxiety and to have reduced health care expenses by more than 50 percent in the year following treatment.