Hope and Help for Your Nerves was copyrighted in 1990. The author, Claire Weekes, is a noted Australian physician. She is known as one of the self help pioneers of the world and was nominated for the Nobel Prize in medicine twice, in 1983 and in 1990.
This is a fairly old, but still very significant resource book for those who are suffering from panic attacks or agoraphobia. My book is in the picture above.
Dr. Weekes uses the broad term “nervous illness” to describe the syndromes now more commonly referred to as generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and panic disorder.
Having grappled with — and overcome –nervous illness herself, the author writes with amazing compassion– as if she is right there with you.
Here is just a snippet of one of the 130 + five star reviews given for the book at Amazon. (source: Amazon.com) :
I’ve never read a book so fast in my life. I started to read it on the way home from the meeting I attended for people with anxiety. I was happy to get home as home was my “safe place” and the breeding grounds for my agoraphobia. By the end of that night I had read the book 2 times. I connected with absolutely everything in the book. Medicine hadn’t worked. Psychotherapy didn’t help me. Religion wasn’t paying off. Meditation couldn’t touch my severe panic states.
Claire Weekes is to be commended for many things. I wish, deep down in my heart, that there was a way for me to contact her to let her know that she saved my sanity and probably my life too. The book was filled with information that made total sense to me. She described what was causing the anxiety states and precisely what was happening in my body. She also repeated that I’d never die from a panic attack. Actually, not a soul has ever died from a panic attack. It sure feels like you’re about to die or lose your mind. But have faith as help is around the corner.
I would never suggest a book to help cure an illness unless I knew 100% that the information was true and helpful. I’m telling you that this book saved my life, saved my relationships and kept me from even thinking I was crazy. Less than one week after reading the book, I realized I had not had any panic attacks. I feared that they would sort of pop out of the blue and grab me when I wasn’t watching out. But Claire Weekes even described this type of pre-panic anxiety states. Months later I had mastered how to deal with anxious situations and how to breathe through and accept my panic-should it happen again.
Would you benefit from Hope and Help for Your Nerves?
Are anxiety and panic attacks ruining your life? Are your symptoms bizarre and terrifying? Scared to leave the house – or scared that you’re going crazy? Then this book IS a solution to your plight.
I bought this Hope and Help for Your Nerves on my psychiatrist’s recommendation a few years into my treatment for panic disorder and social anxiety disorder. At the time I had just given birth to my first child and was off all anti anxiety meds. My panic disorder, which was surprisingly (and thankfully) inactive during my pregnancy, returned full force, seemingly overnight. Again I felt baffled, alone, afraid for my life, overwhelmed, and completely panic stricken.
I began to fear leaving the house, which was a new low for me. I had always prided myself in being able to go out into the public. But now my world was closing in on me. With a small baby to protect and care for, I felt completely inadequate and overwhelmed. It was one of the lowest points in my life.
I begged Dr.Lewis to admit me to a mental hospital. That’s how desperate I was. I really thought that my panic with the new baby was just too much to bear. I thought of suicide and was hugely ashamed.
My psychiatrist immediately put me back on medication, and had me read this book. I believe this book is what saved my life at that time.
Hope and Help for Your Nerves explained the signs and symptoms of panic attacks I was experiencing multiple times daily, very accurately, and in depth, which I needed to hear. Specifically, the book addresses:
• Depersonalization, called “A Feeling of Unreality” on page 120 – 126.
• The constant feeling that I was going to fall down in public, called “jelly legs” on page 61 – 62
• The fear of panic attacks at night and sleeplessness, on page 150 – 156
• Clammy, shaky hands, page 29
• Churning stomach, page 26
• Palpitations, or racing heart, page 30
• Inability to take a deep breath, page 51
• Missed or “skipped” heart beats, page 50
• Lightheadedness, unsteadiness, called “giddiness” on page 53
• Nausea, page 54
• Difficulty in swallowing, page 54
• Fear of vomiting, page 55
• Being anxious at the movies, page 138
• Anxiety first thing in the morning, page 145 – 149
Dr. Weekes explains how these very disturbing symptoms are not going to kill you, even though they feel like they will at the time.
Moreover, she explains what it is that you are really afraid of. What you are afraid of is the feelings that arise in you when you are out of the house, at the moves, in the grocery store, etc. These feelings are overwhelming and you don’t trust yourself or your body when you are like this. It is your hormones, mainly adrenalin, that cause all of these horrible signs and symptoms of panic and anxiety.
Coping with panic attacks as they are happening is covered very well on page 63.
Calm acceptance is the goal, and by using the Face Accept, Float, Let time pass pattern of recovery over and over again, it will happen for you. It takes effort and some determination, but it works. Plain and simple.
Here is the promise, and it is real, “You will find peace in the middle of Times Square, because you will take your cure with you wherever you might be.” –Dr. Claire Weekes.
I also recommend Hope and Help for Your Nerves for new mothers with panic disorder or anxiety attacks. This book will be a true source of comfort
But is this book for everyone with anxiety and panic attacks?
The short answer is YES. The language of the book is what I call “old fashioned,” and some of the treatments mentioned are clearly outdated. Looking beyond these minor inconveniences, the rest of the book is invaluable.
Here is another 5 star review (source: Amazon.com) :
I’ve suffered from anxiety and panic attacks and agrophobia for over 6 years. I thought I was alone until I found Dr. Claire Weekes book. Her advice and explainations and my hard work led to recovery. I since helped start up and lead a self-help group based on her teachings. I’ve read many books on this topic and I have found Dr. Claire Weekes to be the absolute BEST. Any question you have, any symptom you experience, she explains. There is a pattern to this illness and she helps you understand this, there is a path into this illness and there is a path out. Many could be spared much suffering if we had been educated along the way about our natural responses to prolonged stress. Dr.Weekes has since passed on but she has left a wonderful gift of freedom to those who follow her advice.
If you’re ready to put this highly effective method of curing anxiety and panic to work for you, click here to order your book.
I wish you peace,
p.s. The anxiety self help program that I use myself is called Panic Away. It is by far the best anxiety elimination program I have used- and it is actually based on the teachings of Claire Weekes, the author of Hope and Help for Your Nerves. Read my Panic Away review to find out more. Even if you are undiagnosed or newly suffering from anxiety and panic attacks and have no clue what to do, you’ll quickly be able to reassure yourself and start feeling better in a matter of weeks! You are not alone!