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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.
Her first book sold over , copies and had been translated into eight languages. Her worldwide TV and radio appearances were eventually compiled into audio and video files, which can still be accessed today. To understand Dr. Weekes approach to anxiety, it is helpful to break it down into three categories: 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.. The almost natural tendency that we all have in the face of anxiety, or any painful emotion for that matter is to reject it.
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. The main principle of Dr. They are:. 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 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. The crux of Dr. 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. My hands tremble and sweat. My stomach churns. I have terrible headaches.
But to the millions they affect, these problems make the difference between a happy, healthy life and one of crippling fear and frustration. With her simple, step-by-step guidance, you will learn how to understand and analyze your own symptoms of anxiety and find the power to conquer your fears for good.
Claire Weekes is the author of the bestselling Peace from Nervous Suffering, also available in a Signet edition. In addition, Dr. Weekes, best known for her pioneering work in the study of nervous illness and anxiety, has lectured at… More about Claire Weekes. Hope and Help for Your Nerves1. The Power Within You 2.
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