Embracing the Fear: Learning To Manage Anxiety & Panic Attacks (1)
Publisher: Hazelden Publishing
ISBN 10: 9780894869716
ISBN 13: 978-0894869716
A compassionate look into managing anxiety disorders, simple phobias, panic disorders, and agoraphobia, Embracing the Fear offers effective techniques in visualization, meditation, and inner-dialogue.
A compassionate look into managing anxiety disorders, simple phobias, panic disorders, and agoraphobia, Embracing the Fear offers effective techniques in visualization, meditation, and inner-dialogue. The book and audiocassette (sold separately) help us accept and change panic and avoidance responses, and assist us in identifying anxiety triggers.
Nothing to fear but fear itself? For anyone who has ever suffered from the palm sweating, heart pounding, trembling, panting, exhausting terror of anxiety or panic attacks, that is more than enough. This book, authored by two recovering agoraphobics, offers strategies for managing anxieties and phobias, emphasizing the need to first accept our anxiety and panic, encouraging us to take risks, and giving specific dialogues to counter fearful self-talk. Although they do not address nutritional approaches or relaxation techniques, the cognitive approach they emphasize is a uniquely valuable strategy for understanding and managing fear. -- From ; review by Patricia Pettijohn
About the Author
Judith Bemis, a recovered agoraphobic, started experiencing panic attacks in 1965 while doing post-graduate work at the University of Minnesota. Thinking that it was a serious medical problem, she continually searched for answers concerning the cause, but to no avail. After a period of being semi-housebound, she managed to white-knuckle it until a major setback in 1981 prompted a renewed search for help. A year of cognitive therapy proved to be a turning point in her life. Wanting to share her new-found freedom with others, she founded Open Door Outreach, Inc., a network of support groups for people with agoraphobia and other anxiety disorders. She has served as director and facilitator for the organization since 1986. She also publishes the Open Door Quarterly Newsletter. She is co-author of Embracing the Fear, Learning to Manage Anxiety and Panic Attacks. A second manuscript, The Gentle Voice Within, Gaining a New Perspective of Our Anxiety and Panic Attacks was recently completed and is unpublished at this time. She has been called on to speak to various groups in the Twin Cities on the subject of anxiety. She is committed to helping improve the lives of people with anxiety disorders and their families. Ms. Bemis holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from the University of Minnesota. She did post-graduate work at the University of Minnesota and Michigan State University. She has been a public school teacher for thirty-two years and has worked as a consultant at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital’s Behavioral Medicine Clinic in Minneapolis. She continues to do in vivo therapy with persons with panic disorder.