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  1. 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..............


    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.


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    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


    Have you ever read any of Claire Weekes books.  What do you think?  Were they helpful to you?


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  2. Understanding what phobias are?


    Understanding What Phobias Are?

    If you suffer from panic attacks and anxiety then there is high probably you have developed lots of phobias.  This is perfectly normal as sufferers tend to associate places, people or creatures with panicky feelings, and this leads to phobias.  I developed a whole number of phobias whilst I suffered from anxiety.  These included standing in queues, heights, social situations, driving on motorways, being in meetings at work, standing in crowds, driving over long bridges, etc.

    These tended to have one thing in common – the feeling of being trapped in a situation.  Therefore if you actually defined what I was suffering from is fitted more into agoraphobia than any other category of phobia.  I also definitely had a social phobia as well.  Most people believe that people who have agoraphobia are restricted to the confines of there home but this is frequently not the case.  Many people lead apparently ‘normal lives’ with agoraphobia however they have limits to where they can go, i.e. they can only travel with a certain radius of where they live.

    what are phobiasPhobias can be over come.  We were not born with phobias and they have been learnt by faulty thinking.   They are a just bad habit, that’s the way I looked at them during my recovery.  They are NOT a form of serious mental illness even though they can lead to intense feelings of fear.  They can also seriously lead to person life being restricted according to what they fear.   Below is a short quiz that will test how much you know about phobias.  The answers are at the bottom of the article.  Think of it as just a bit of fun and test yourself!


    Phobias are: A. A mild kind of mental health problem. B. A disease. C. A set of deeply-ingrained thoughts and habits. D. A personality weakness.


    Anxiety and fear are: A. Natural reactions which are often useful. B. A useless hangover from the days when people lived in caves. C. A sign of weakness or cowardice. D. Something we would be better off without.


    People are said to have a phobia when: A. They worry a lot. B. They experience strong feelings of fear in situations that don't pose a real threat. C. They experience feelings of fear when they are in danger. D. They feel frightened all the time.


    The symptoms of fear are actually produced by: A. Unpleasant thoughts going round and round in the mind which can increase fear. B. The pulse rate continually racing. C. Adrenalin released into the bloodstream inappropriately. D. Picking up 'bad vibes' from others can make people fearful.


    Phobias are made worse by: A. Staying in the situation that makes you anxious. B. Not having an easy 'escape route' when anxiety starts to rise. C. Reading too much about them. D. Avoiding the situation that makes you anxious.


    Finding out the root cause of someone's phobia: A. Is an essential starting point for recovery. B. Is useful for recovery but not essential. C. Is relatively easy to discover. D. Is not worth spending time and energy on.


    The commonest single type of phobia is: A. Fear of dogs. B. Agoraphobia. C. School phobia. D. Dentist phobia.


    The most effective way to overcome a phobia is usually: A, By self-exposure treatment. B. With tranquillisers. C. By going into a psychiatric hospital for a period. D. By avoiding things that trigger it.

    The goals for recovery should be: A. Set as high as possible. B. Set at a realistic level. C. Set by a professional therapist. D. Set as low as possible.

    QUESTION 10.

    The steps towards the recovery goal should be: A. As close together as possible. B. Limited to five. C. Big enough to be worthwhile but not so big as to be too difficult. D. As far apart as possible.

    When fear becomes a phobia

    Phobia comes from the Greek word meaning "fear" or "morbid fear”.   Phobias produce fear or anxiety which happens at a time when there is no logical reason.

    Our species has survived by having fear and anxiety to act as a bodyguard, to warn us of danger and protecting us when it’s near.  Phobias have emerged due to the body having a badly trained bodyguard which constantly overreacts and rings alarms bells in totally the wrong situations.

    Sometimes the alarm bell is so frightening to some people that it keeps them confined to their own home in the belief that this is the only way to keep them safe.

    If you are someone who has phobia then you are probably doing one of two things.

    1. Your reaction (anxiety levels) are not suitable to the level of danger you face
    2. You are taking unnecessary precautions to avoid dangers which are unfounded.

    Many phobic people will go to any lengths to avoid the situation that make them anxious.  This is what they think will help them stay calm.  Therefore we know its more than just experiencing inappropriate levels of anxiety.

    A phobia is anxiety and avoidance put together

    scared manPhobias unfortunately handicap people quite severely.  Imagine you have been locked up in jail unable to go outside or open your windows.  Well phobias can make you become like this.  People with phobias become virtual prisoners in there own home.  For others there life is less restricted but still certain areas become very difficult like driving, eating out, creatures, entering social situations and public places.

    When a friend or relative is talked through how fear and anxiety work it all seems very logical.  But for ‘normal people’ it’s very hard to comprehend.  They tend to think phobias are a weakness in the person character.  They don’t understand how the fear has arisen and quite how ill and frightened the person feels.  They totally misunderstand and are unable top comprehend the fear in involved.

    In future blog posts I intend to show you how to overcome phobias and the roadblocks to recovery you must avoid.

    “It’s hard for everyone. It always seems like it’s hardest for you, but your success and your happiness has much more to do with understanding other people around you than it does with understanding yourself. And, guess what, the homecoming queen probably has crippling phobias too. It sounds cliche, but you have to think about everyone like they’re people, and suddenly you realize that 90% of teenagers have moments where they want to cut themselves, pull out their hair, punch their best friend and sit crying in the shower. And EVERYONE was once a teenager…that goes for your teachers, parents, rock idols, and grand parents…and those people all made it through.”   Hank Green



    Question1 - Phobias are a set of deeply-ingrained thoughts and habits.
    Question2 - Anxiety and fear are natural reactions which are often useful.
    Question3 - People are said to have a phobia when they experience strong feelings of fear in situations that don't pose a real threat. Question4 - The symptoms of fear are produced when adrenalin is released into the bloodstream inappropriately.
    Question5 - Phobias are made worse by avoiding the situation that makes you anxious.
    Question6 - Finding out the root cause of someone's phobia is not usually worth spending a lot of time and energy on.
    Question7 - The commonest single type of phobia is agoraphobia.
    Question8 - The most effective way to overcome a phobia us usually by self-exposure treatment.
    Question9 - The goals for a recovery programme should be set at a realistic level,
    Question10 - The steps towards the recovery goal should be big enough to be worthwhile, but no so big as to be too difficult.

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    Fear of suffocation and Claustrophobia

    Fear & Anxiety in the Brain

    Why Do Some People Suffer From Panic Attacks?

    Why do you Fear?

    What are the symptoms of Panic Attacks?

    Prevent Panic Attacks - Challenging the Thoughts which Cause Panic

    Tools of the Trade

    Claustrophobia: finding your way out. Hope and help for people who fear and avoid confined spaces

    How to Overcome Agoraphobia & Claustrophobia: Learn to Feel Calm & Think Calm (How to): Learn to Feel Calm and Think Calm [Audiobook] [Paperback]

    Overcoming Panic and Agoraphobia

    School Phobia, Panic Attacks and Anxiety in Children

    The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook (Anxiety & Phobia Workbook)

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  3. Self-Assessment Panic Disorder & Anxiety Attack Quiz

    I thought it would be helpful to devise a quiz that you can fill out to see if how you act and think would fit into the pattern of Panic Disorder or anxiety.   I know most people who read this will probably know if they are suffering anxious feelings.  However there is large number of people (including myself) who at the start of their symptoms had no idea that they were suffering from this condition.  

    The quiz is no substitute for having a proper diagnosis but it will help identify if you are likely to be suffering from panic attacks.   Please answer the following questions below truthfully.   It may be easier to print off the page to score and add up your total.

    Score each questionpanic attack assessment quiz

    1=never    2=occasionally    3=sometimes    4=most of the time   5=always



    1. Difficulty concentrating_______score
    2. Tiredness and being irritable_______score
    3. Shortness of breath and problems taking a deep breaths_______score
    4. Episodes of feeling tense and unable to relax_______score
    5. Heart palpitations or periods where your heart races for no obvious reasons_______score
    6. Situations where you feel panicky and intense fear comes out of the blue_______score
    7. Sensations of feeling hot flushes and sweaty_______score
    8. Anger which is unlike you and not being patience with other people_______score
    9. Feeling dizzy and weak at the knees in crowded areas_______score
    10. Numbness in your fingers and get the shakes_______score
    11. The feeling of not being connected to your body or feeling ‘spacey’_______score
    12. Intense physical symptoms in anticipation of going somewhere new or when you are in that situation_______score
    14. Fear in social situation with negative thoughts_______score
    15. Feelings of being trapped when in certain situations and the overriding feeling to escape and look for ways to make excuses to leave_______score
    16. Thoughts that are difficult to get rid of and seem to race through your mind over and over again_______score
    17. Thought patterns that assume the worst and you have lost that sparkle for life_______score
    18. Times where you just feel so stressed and unable to cope with even the easiest of tasks_______score
    19. The need to please other people and get annoyed if they don’t live up to your expectations
    20. Thoughts to avoid certain situations and find yourself staying in more_______score
    21.  The need to keeping pushing yourself even when you are emotionally and physically exhausted_______score
    22. Fear to go into places you have never been before or meeting strangers_______score
    23. Negative ‘self-talk’ with words such as shouldn’t, can’t, not good enough, etc_______score
    24. Feelings and thoughts which conclude you are going crazy or losing control_______score
    25. Phobias that you have never experienced before such as heights, social situations, etc_______score
    26. Feelings of being worried and a sense of lack of hope for a few months_______score
    27. That life no longer is fun and exciting_______score
    28. Unrealistic expectations of yourself  coupled with the fact you’re a bit of a perfectionist_______score
    29. That you no longer are in control of your thoughts and emotions_______score
    30. Difficulties in expressing how you feel to other people_______score
    31. Limitations in your life due to anxious thoughts and sensations_______score
    32. The only way you can live a normal life is by self-medicating with alcohol, drugs, caffeine, etc_______score
    33. Habits the involve repeatedly checking things to make sure there correct or safe_______score
    34. Anxiety due to a traumatic experience which cause you either physical or mental pain such as the loss of  a loved one, accident, abuse, etc_______score
    36. Changes in your eating or sleeping patterns_______score
    37. That you hide your symptoms from others? _______score



    Self-Assessment Panic Disorder & Anxiety Attack Quiz Results...

    Add up your total number of points. If the TOTAL is greater than 105 then it’s likely you are suffering from panic attacks or anxiety.     Therefore I would recommend you see your GP and certainly read other articles on the Positive Panic Attack Blog which will help you overcome this condition.  For a more structured approach I recommend you read my free eBook below.

    Yann Martel“I must say a word about fear. It is life's only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life. It is a clever, treacherous adversary, how well I know. It has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy. It goes for your weakest spot, which it finds with unerring ease. It begins in your mind, always. One moment you are feeling calm, self-possessed, happy. Then fear, disguised in the garb of mild-mannered doubt, slips into your mind like a spy. Doubt meets disbelief and disbelief tries to push it out. But disbelief is a poorly armed foot soldier. Doubt does away with it with little trouble. You become anxious. Reason comes to do battle for you. You are reassured. Reason is fully equipped with the latest weapons technology. But, to your amazement, despite superior tactics and a number of undeniable victories, reason is laid low. You feel yourself weakening, wavering. Your anxiety becomes dread.

    Fear next turns fully to your body, which is already aware that something terribly wrong is going on. Already your lungs have flown away like a bird and your guts have slithered away like a snake. Now your tongue drops dead like an opossum, while your jaw begins to gallop on the spot. Your ears go deaf. Your muscles begin to shiver as if they had malaria and your knees to shake as though they were dancing. Your heart strains too hard, while your sphincter relaxes too much. And so with the rest of your body. Every part of you, in the manner most suited to it, falls apart. Only your eyes work well. They always pay proper attention to fear.

    Quickly you make rash decisions. You dismiss your last allies: hope and trust. There, you've defeated yourself. Fear, which is but an impression, has triumphed over you.

    The matter is difficult to put into words. For fear, real fear, such as shakes you to your foundation, such as you feel when you are brought face to face with your mortal end, nestles in your memory like a gangrene: it seeks to rot everything, even the words with which to speak of it. So you must fight hard to express it. You must fight hard to shine the light of words upon it. Because if you don't, if your fear becomes a wordless darkness that you avoid, perhaps even manage to forget, you open yourself to further attacks of fear because you never truly fought the opponent who defeated you.” Life of PI

    How did you fare on the quiz ?  Do you exceed 105 points ?

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    My Tools of Recovery

    20 Strategies to Help You Cope with Panic Attacks

    How to Stop a Panic Attack?

    What are Panic Attacks?

    The Anxiety Nervous system

    What are the symptoms of Panic Attacks?

    The Panic Attack Recovery Book

    Overcoming Panic and Agoraphobia

    Panic Attacks: What they are, why the happen, and what you can do about them: What They Are, Why They Happen and What You Can Do About Them

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