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The anxiety cure : an eight-step program for getting well
DuPont, Robert L., 1936-
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Completely revised and updated second edition.
Publication Information:
Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley, [2003]

Physical Description:
xvi, 256 pages ; 24 cm
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RC531 .D87 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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"The Anxiety Cure is a warm, wise, and thoroughly wonderful book for people with anxiety disorders and for everyone who cares about them."
-- From the Foreword by Jerilyn Ross, M.A., L.I.C.S.W., President, Anxiety Disorders Association of America, and author of Triumph Over Fear

"The Anxiety Cure is sure to enjoy substantial popularity and will be used widely by anxious people, their families, and therapists."
-- R. Reid Wilson, Ph.D., author of Don't Panic

One in four people suffers from some form of anxiety-- and for millions, the symptoms can be crippling. Fortunately, anxiety disorders are highly treatable. Written in a friendly and reassuring manner, The Anxiety Cure offers both sufferers and their loved ones immediate, long-lasting relief. The authors share their step-by-step methods for dealing with the six main types of anxiety, including panic disorder, agoraphobia, generalized anxiety disorder, specific phobias, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, along with treatment prescriptions and easy relaxation techniques. Grounded in the authors' own treatment of thousands of clinically anxious people, The Anxiety Cure:
* Reveals how to manage anxiety at home and at work
* Provides action plans for friends, family, and support people
* Features dramatic stories as well as boxes, tools, and forms to chart your personal progress
* Outlines lifesaving strategies for anxious people with alcohol or drug problems

The Anxiety Cure is written by a father and his two daughters-- now in clinical practice together-- who tell the inspiring story of how they overcame anxiety in their family. Completely revised and updated, this practical guide features a chapter on anxiety and terrorism and an updated section on the latest medications.

Author Notes

Robert L. DuPont, M.D., has practiced psychiatry for thirty-three years. He was the founding president of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America as well as the first director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Dr. DuPont has had extensive media experience.
Elizabeth DuPont Spencer, M.S.W., is a social worker who deals primarily with anxiety disorders in her private practice and research.
Caroline M. DuPont, M.D., is a psychiatrist and the president of DuPont Clinical Research. She is also on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Part 1 Learning about Anxiety
Chapter 1 The Anxious Brainp. 17
Chapter 2 The Vocabulary of Anxietyp. 31
Chapter 3 The Six Anxiety Disordersp. 48
Chapter 4 Medicines and Therapyp. 54
Part 2 The Anxiety Cure: Eight Steps to Getting Well
Chapter 5 Step 1: Become a Student of Your Anxietyp. 83
Chapter 6 Step 2: Use Wizard Wisdom to Tame the Dragonp. 93
Chapter 7 Step 3: Practice--Put Yourself in Your Discomfort Zonep. 103
Chapter 8 Step 4: Use Support People--Relate to Others about Your Anxietyp. 112
Chapter 9 Step 5: Evaluate Stress and Other Biological Causes of Anxietyp. 120
Chapter 10 Step 6: Evaluate Your Need for Medicines and Therapyp. 133
Chapter 11 Step 7: Structure Your Life without Anxietyp. 147
Chapter 12 Step 8: Plan for Lifelong Recoveryp. 158
Part 3 Dimensions of Anxiety
Chapter 13 Anxiety and Terrorismp. 175
Chapter 14 Anxiety and Depressionp. 195
Chapter 15 Anxiety and Insomniap. 200
Chapter 16 Anxiety and Addictionp. 207
Part 4 Anxiety over the Life Span
Chapter 17 Anxiety and Friends, Family, and Support Peoplep. 215
Chapter 18 Anxiety and Your Work Lifep. 227
Chapter 19 Anxiety and Agingp. 235
Glossaryp. 243
Suggested Additional Readingp. 245
Resourcesp. 247
Indexp. 249