This book discusses five anxiety disorders in relation to everyday experiences that can trigger panic attacks. Each is seen as a distinct problem and can be recognized by a set of more or less predictable characteristics. AGORAPHOBIA is perhaps the most common and most debilitating of the anxiety disorders. It is characterized by fear of going out in public and becoming housebound as a result, but this does t always happen. PANIC DISORDER without agoraphobia is very similar, but fearful thoughts are usually limited to perceptions that some sort of physical collapse may be imminent. SOCIAL PHOBIA is unlike agoraphobia in that sufferers' fears usually involve situations calling for close interaction with other people. SIMPLE PHOBIA concerns fear of specific events or situations. Fear of heights, confined spaces, spiders - these are good examples of simple phobia. GENERALIZED ANXIETY DISORDER involves persistent anxiety over a long period. Typically, people are stressed out about two or more major problems - for example related to finances, work or illness. Through a discussion of the causes of these disorders, and the role played by environment, stress, emotions, self-talk, perfectionism and alcohol, we come to the recovery process. What follows is a truly helpful guide for those of us who are living with these disorders. If this includes you, or someone you kw, you really need to read this book.
S.K.Allen lives in a small market town in the UK with her husband and a pond full of fish families and other wildlife. Her two youngest children live close by, the other three having escaped to various universities and never returned to live at home. It was quite a while before she realised that that was a compliment. Her own panic attacks have been caused by Social Phobia, being in crowded places, and Simple Phobias, fear of confined spaces and spiders, so she knows what she's talking about, and she has found the techniques mentioned in this book very helpful indeed.