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The Anxiety Cure: An Eight-Step Program for Getting Well, Completely Revised and Updated 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-471-46487-7
272 pages
October 2003
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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.
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Table of Contents





PART ONE: Learning about Anxiety.

CHAPTER 1: The Anxious Brain.

CHAPTER 2: The Vocabulary of Anxiety.

CHAPTER 3: The Six Anxiety Disorders.

CHAPTER 4: Medicines and Therapy.

PART TWO: The Anxiety Cure: Eight Steps to Getting Well.

CHAPTER 5: Step 1: Become a Student of Your Anxiety.

CHAPTER 6: Step 2: Use Wizard Wisdom to Tame the Dragon.

CHAPTER 7: Step 3: Practice?Put Yourself in Your Discomfort Zone.

CHAPTER 8: Step 4: Use Support People?Relate to Others about Your Anxiety.

CHAPTER 9: Step 5: Evaluate Stress and Other Biological Causes of Anxiety.

CHAPTER 10: Step 6: Evaluate Your Need for Medicines and Therapy.

CHAPTER 11: Step 7: Structure Your Life without Anxiety.

CHAPTER 12: Step 8: Plan for Lifelong Recovery.

PART THREE: Dimensions of Anxiety.

CHAPTER 13: Anxiety and Terrorism.

CHAPTER 14: Anxiety and Depression.

CHAPTER 15: Anxiety and Insomnia.

CHAPTER 16: Anxiety and Addiction.

PART FOUR: Anxiety over the Life Span.

CHAPTER 17: Anxiety and Friends, Family, and Support People.

CHAPTER 18: Anxiety and Your Work Life.

CHAPTER 19: Anxiety and Aging.


Suggested Additional Reading.



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Author Information

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. Elizabeth and Caroline are Robert’s daughters; all three are authors of The Anxiety Cure for Kids.
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