Beginning in my teen years, I experienced intermittent panic attacks. Previous to this, I suffered prolonged episodes of free-floating anxiety (generalized worry and anxiousness). During my twenties, I found coping skills for my anxiety that were mostly self-taught, although I had seen mental health counselors for short periods of time in my late teens.
These sessions were scheduled by my parents; during times I seemed to be lacking the ability to cope as I should, following major events, such as relocating to new schools. This was in the late 1970s and some anxiety therapies, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), were not as well-developed as they are now.
In the case of anxiety disorders, knowledge truly is power and gaining an education regarding symptom-manifestations, can lend toward better results for managing these symptoms, as proper treatment is also being administered. This was key to my own success with gaining coping skills for chronic anxiety symptoms and that I hope to convey through the chapters of this audiobook. This audiobook is not intended to be an extensive manual but is intended to contain information most often sought by laypersons on the subject.
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