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Self Help for Panic Attacks with Claire Weekes


Self Help for Panic Attacks with Claire Weekes

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Self Help for Panic Attacks with Claire Weekes

Dr Claire Weekes

 

Hope and Help for Your Nerves

 

Dr Claire Hazel Weekes was born in1903 in Australia.  She passed away in1990.   Claire Weekes was a health writer and GP.  Her books are what really brought her to world wide acclaim.  Her books on anxiety and nervous disorders would be ground breaking and from experience her self help books work.  You can find her bestsellers here - Claire Weekes .  

Her most popular books include -

Self Help for Your Nerves: Learn to relax and enjoy life again by overcoming stress and fear

Pass Through Panic: Freeing Yourself from Anxiety and Fear [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Hope and Help for Your Nerves  

Early Life

Dr Claire WeekesClaire Weekes started her career as a research scientist.  She was the first women to achieve a degree from the University of Sydney in 1930.  Working for Professor Launcelot Harrison, Claire Weekes conducted research in placentation and reproduction in live bearing lizards from 1925 to 1934.  Some of this period (between 1929-31) was conducted in England inside the laboratory of J. P. Hill.  Her work led to 8 papers being published which included a summary of her work in the Zoological Society of London in 1935. 

Weekes work would provide the basis of understanding for reptile placentation for the next 50 years.  In more recent times further research has been done using Weekes work as a platform to build on.

Nervous illness

Claire Weekes  noted that lots of her patients suffered from anxiety type disorders, such as panic attacks, phobias, social anxiety and agoraphobia.  She tended to use the term 'Nervous Illness' instead of 'Anxiety State' which implied medical knowledge was needed, or 'Nervous breakdown' and this could be construed as unnecessarily alarming. 

Claire Weeks had become aware of just how crippling these disorders were and how they were ruining lives.  She also noted how psychiatric treatments such as psychoanalysis had little effect on the patient's recovery.  She noted something that others were missing that endlessly talking about their childhood, or try to identify flaws in their personality was not helping.  Instead she recognized that they had fear avoidance issues that was made worse or caused by a "sensitized" nervous system.

Personally after reading her book Self Help for Your Nerves: Learn to relax and enjoy life again by overcoming stress and fear  was a significant changing point in my life.  Her book taught me so much and immediately taught me the correct way in overcoming a panic attack.  We all feel fear from time to time, but because we are not use to experiencing panic attacks when we have one, we do not know how to deal with it.  Her book opened a new window of enlightenment when she described how nervous illness was kept alive by a sensitized body due to fear and bewilderment.

She also recognized what keeps panic attacks alive.  FIRST AND SECOND FEAR.  She describes how first fear happens automatically like a reflex.  The patient would then withdraw from the fear adding second fear.  Basically second fear adds more fear to the trigger of the first fear.  When people add second fear they say things like -

"I just can’t stand this anymore"

"I think I'm going to die"

"This time I really will go mad"

Second fear keeps first fear alive and will eventually make somebody sensitized or phobic to certain situations, people or places.  This obviously takes a toll on the persons mental and physical state, making them ill.

Her programme of recovery was slowly devised and applied to her patients.  Overtime she developed a book and cassette tape guiding patients though her recovery program.  Her concept was

Facing the Fear

Accepting the Panic

Floating through it

Letting time Pass

Sounds simple, it is and it works..............

Books

If you wish to buy her books her first book was published in 1962 and called Self Help for Your Nerves: Learn to relax and enjoy life again by overcoming stress and fear .  In the USA it was called Hope and Help for Your Nerves.  The book has sold more then 300,000 times and has been translated into 8 different languages. 

Weekes published a second book in 1972 called Peace From Nervous Suffering .

In 1976 she published her third book Agoraphobia: Simple, Effective Treatment .

Her fourth book was published in 1984 called More Help For Your Nerves

Her final and fifth book published just a year before you died was The Latest Help For Your Nerves .

In the 1970’s Dr Weekes promoted her work on British daytime TV programme Pebble Mill at One.  This gave her a fantastic platform to introduce her techniques.  In fact some of her appearances were later issued as an Audio Book which I personally bought some time ago.  It was great to actually listen to her techniques from the great lady herself.

 

She made lots of other appearances on radio and TV worldwide, and all her books offered advise and the self help techniques that she coached.  I can certainly vouch for her approachable and personable style.  Also her techniques were simple and very effective.

Her methods were so highly regarded that she was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Medicine.

If you read her final book it categorizes her battle with nervous illness at the age of 26, when she was misdiagnosed with TB.  This led to a period of about 2 years when she became worried and introverted, and gave her a great insight into anxiety and nervousness.    

Dr. Robert Dupont explains in his book The Anxiety Cure in 1983 how he asked Claire Weekes if she ever experienced panic disorder.  Weekes replied “Yes, I have had what you call panic attacks. In fact, I still have them. Sometimes they wake me at night."  

Dr. Dupont replied by commenting "He was sorry to hear that." He described Weekes as looking at him in shock, she then responds by saying "Save your sympathy for someone else. I don't need it or want it. What you call a panic attack is merely a few normal chemicals that are temporarily out of place in my brain. It is of no significance whatsoever to me!"

Its sad to say then many GP's are unaware of her books.  Certainly it would be much better to try Claire Weekes techniques then immediately medicate which is nearly what always happens.   Her books, audio and video recording are more readily recommended by doctors in specialized treatment centres worldwide.

Her books are still in print and sell.  I am in no doubt of how her books helped me and really were a turning point on my recovery.  Her work is still promoted by an organization in Australia set up by her heirs, which was specifically requested by her.

Her work carried her around Europe and America curing patients and training professionals in her practical and down to earth style.  Dr Weekes always took a very personal interest in requests for help and treasured letters people sent to her. She responded to numerous requests for more personal support.

Her earlier work on placentation and reproduction is held in high esteem and is commonly cited even today.

The strength of Claire Weekes's programme of recovery comes by her step by step method using clinical analysis, and her belief that the body and mind react together.

Her belief that nervous illness can begin very easily, developing from nerves and stress fatigue, to produce a pattern of sensations which can become more frightening than the original trigger, was ground breaking.

In the resources below, Dr Weekes teaches you, through simple steps, to reverse your pattern of symptoms and to find your own inner strength, bringing about a permanent cure.

Through these resources, Dr Weekes has helped thousands more people than would have been possible for her to consult with personally.

When you listen to the Audio Book she recorded you have Dr Claire Weekes walking along beside you and supporting you all the way.

Final Conclusion From Me

Put simply her techniques work and still apply today.  She was the first person to make me feel like she totally understood the condition and could cure me.  I would also have to say through my own recovery there are others tools you need to learn as well.  There are areas like diet, exercise and thought challenging that Claire Weekes does not touch upon really.  I found other books helped me to get a more complete picture on what I needed to do, to fully cure myself and change my lifestyle. 

However if I had to recommend one book to start with Self Help for Your Nerves: Learn to relax and enjoy life again by overcoming stress and fear would be it.  With The Panic Attack Recovery Book being second for a more complete picture.

Resources

Audio Book
Self Help for Your Nerves: Learn to relax and enjoy life again by overcoming stress and fear  
Her most popular book.
Peace From Nervous Suffering
More Help For Your Nerves
Agoraphobia: Simple, Effective Treatment
The Latest Help For Your Nerves
Claire Weekes Australian Website

 

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