You might be able to pick up a second hand copy — if you can, get any or all of her books, and read them. Modern psychiatrists are now beginning to acknowledge that anxiety and depression are not always completely separate disorders. Sensitization and nervous exhaustion Dr Claire Weekes explains the common cause of all these anxiety disorders, as well as the differences. Just understanding this can be tremendously helpful, especially as anxiety feeds so much on itself — it is often the fear of panic or anxiety symptoms that is the true problem.
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Theory is so so. Claire Weekes, an Australian psychiatrist who lived between and , had some revolutionary ideas about anxiety that are still noted today for being ahead of their time.
This article will provide an overview of the theory and some of the exercises outlined by Dr. Claire Weekes. Other options are cognitive behavioral therapy CBT , mindfulness, meditation and extinction therapy. Claire Weekes distrusted the methods of psychoanalysis being used during her lifetime. She wanted simpler explanations for anxiety that did not involve sifting through childhood to latch onto or in some cases, imagine or create any event that could be blamed for the disorder.
Claire Weekes wrote 5 books over the course of her lifetime. Her worldwide TV and radio appearances were eventually compiled into audio and video files, which can still be accessed today. Weekes approach to anxiety, it is helpful to break it down into three categories: her theory, her perspective on anxiety and her therapeutic techniques. Her theory is speculative but plausible. The strongest aspects of her work are her perspective on anxiety — accept it — and the therapeutic techniques that she developed.
Her technique and perspective are wise and they work.. We reject anxiety and other painful experiences by repressing them. In essence, Dr. Weekes says that a person should do just the opposite and accept their anxiety, as opposed to fighting it off or denying it. She herself, was able to accept her own anxiety because she came to the point where she saw it as merely the functioning of her nervous system. She believes and teaches her patients that having anxiety is neither a flaw nor a shortcoming.
There is nothing wrong with you. She teaches that accepting your anxiety is important because it opens the door to living with your anxiety. This is the foundation to Dr.
Weekes approach to anxiety. Weekes sees most mental illness, for which she uses the term nervous illness, and severe anxiety as being an exaggeration of the symptoms of stress by severe sensitization. In Dr. What, then, causes prolonged sensitization? Weekes says that prolonged sensitization is caused by two factors that she calls bewilderment and fear.
What is wrong with me? Why am I anxious all of the time. What can I do to get better? Ultimately, when a person is unable to answer these questions, they become bewildered. They become unable to find a way to cope with their anxiety, and this brings fear. You avoid situations that cause you to be anxious, and when your symptoms of anxiety occur, you become engulfed in fear of them.
Weekes felt that it was not necessary to psychoanalyze yourself to figure out why some past event caused you be have anxiety. She advocated a different and more down to earth approach to anxiety. Her technique is based on the idea that if you leave your mind in its natural state, your anxiety or panic attacks will pass by quickly and disappear. If you watch a leaf floating on the surface of a river, it will appear, float by you and disappear.
It is the same with anxiety. Or for that matter, thoughts and emotions. If, in contrast, you try to resist your anxiety and panic attacks, they will persist and remain with you for long periods of time. On the basis of this understanding, there are three stages to Dr. Once again, the normal response to emotional pain or anxiety is to try and avoid it. You can avoid anxiety by repressing it or by avoiding the situations that trigger your anxiety.
If you repress your anxiety or deny it, it will persist and you will become afraid of it. So the thing to do with anxiety is to accept its presence in your mind and body. This does not mean that you will like the anxiety or panic attack. But it does mean that you will accept that it is happening and let it take its own natural course. This will set you up for the second step: float on the anxiety.
You just float on top of it and let it pass. Or you can stand on the side of the anxiety in your stream of consciousness and let it pass by. This sets you up for the third stage of coping with and relieving your anxiety: let it pass. They will pass by. And the sooner you accept them and let them pass by in their natural state, the sooner your symptoms will disappear. Another aspect of Dr. She suggested that you should face them and see them as opportunities to learn how to cope with and handle your panic attacks.
Use them as opportunities to build up your skills and to build up your confidence that you can successfully handle your anxiety and panic attacks. Face them gently without judging yourself.
Feb 20, Lisa rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: People with panic attacks, anxiety, and those who want to stop taking meds. Recommended to Lisa by: A therapist I made cry. Her simple coping techniques work wonders. Apr 16, Kendra rated it it was amazing I was having a ton of anxiety for a week or so, so I bought this book. I was feeling really stressed and depressed and had a pit in my stomach all day long for days. I lost confidence in my abilities.
Hope and Help for Your Nerves: End Anxiety Now
Theory is so so. Claire Weekes, an Australian psychiatrist who lived between and , had some revolutionary ideas about anxiety that are still noted today for being ahead of their time. This article will provide an overview of the theory and some of the exercises outlined by Dr. Claire Weekes. Other options are cognitive behavioral therapy CBT , mindfulness, meditation and extinction therapy.
Hope And Help For Your Nerves
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