CLAIRE WEEKES PEACE FROM NERVOUS SUFFERING PDF

Her method was so highly regarded that she was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Medicine in Weekes found that many of her patients suffered from various anxiety disorders. So she developed a program of treatment based on ideas from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She noted, for example that patients did not suffer from these problems because they had flawed personalities or traumatic childhoods. Rather, the problems were caused by the patient having a habit of fear-avoidance, made worse, or caused, by a very responsive "sensitized" nervous system. While her method will not cure antidepressant withdrawal syndrome, or any kind of withdrawal.

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Her method was so highly regarded that she was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Medicine in Weekes found that many of her patients suffered from various anxiety disorders. So she developed a program of treatment based on ideas from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She noted, for example that patients did not suffer from these problems because they had flawed personalities or traumatic childhoods.

Rather, the problems were caused by the patient having a habit of fear-avoidance, made worse, or caused, by a very responsive "sensitized" nervous system. While her method will not cure antidepressant withdrawal syndrome, or any kind of withdrawal.

Her techniques are very helpful to those of us with a nervous system which has been sensitized by withdrawal. She described in her books the three main pitfalls that lead to Nervous Illness. They are sensitization, bewilderment and fear. She explained that so much nervous illness is no more than severe sensitization kept alive by bewilderment and fear.

Weekes analyzed fear as two separate fears; the first fear and the second fear. She explained that first fear is the fear that comes reflexively, almost automatically. Second fear is the fear the patient adds to the first fear. Examples of second fear are "Oh, my goodness! Here it is again! It is the second fear that is keeping the first fear alive, keeping the sufferer sensitized, keeping them nervously ill.

There is no cure for this illness, apart from time. We recover from this over time. By learning how to accept our symptoms we can avoid creating added fear and stress, which ultimately adds to our suffering and prolongs recovery. Most of her work was done over 40 years ago and some people have a hard time dealing with her tone and attitude, which was probably customary in those days.

I was put off by this when I first heard her a few years ago. The way I understand her now is that when it comes to the experience of anxiety symptoms, or any unexpected, unexplained symptoms, our natural reaction is to fight them, to try and get rid of them, to struggle with them or try and escape from them, spending vast amounts of energy trying to make them go away, trying to ignore them and keep pushing on with our lives, or we become obsessed with them and spend hours on the internet, trying to find answers.

So our whole existence becomes a constant war between us and our symptoms. Of course we become more and more exhausted from fighting this battle all the time and this exhaustion causes more stress which in turn makes our symptoms worse and so we get sicker.

Her message is acceptance of the symptoms, letting them be there and floating through what we need to do while the symptoms are allowed to be there for as long as they are. I think this works well for us in recovery from withdrawal because there are things we have to do, things which our symptoms make very difficult.

By not fighting with our symptoms, but letting them be there, we can retain some of our energy, lower stress and start recovering. Her books and recordings are available on Amazon and probably other places too.

Here is a short one where she talks about her illness and background.

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Peace from Nervous Suffering

Theory is so so. Claire Weekes, an Australian psychiatrist who lived between and , had some revolutionary ideas about anxiety that are still noted today for being ahead of their time. This article will provide an overview of the theory and some of the exercises outlined by Dr. Claire Weekes. Other options are cognitive behavioral therapy CBT , mindfulness, meditation and extinction therapy. Claire Weekes distrusted the methods of psychoanalysis being used during her lifetime.

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A lot of what is in here was covered in the previous book but there is a focus on agoraphobia in this book which I find personally to be a common issue with anxiety. Originally published in , certain parts seem dated just like the first book but the basic advice is just as relevant today. I feel that Dr. Weekes true gift was her ability to explain all of this plainly in a manner that I I started off reading "Hope and Help For Your Nerves" and had ordered this book at the same time. Weekes true gift was her ability to explain all of this plainly in a manner that I know I could personally relate to.

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