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No one knows exactly what causes agoraphobia or panic attacks, but it clearly involves some misfirings in the brain. The good news is that recent neuroscience research suggests the brain is retrainable - at any age.
The basis for any recovery plan for anxiety disorders is a highly structured approach each day. Mathew provides a daily schedule that lays out a clear set of steps and considerations for conquering this affliction, including:
writing every day
cultivating present-moment thinking
taking a new approach to food and eating
choosing a therapist
starting a peer support group
using visualization techniques specifically designed for overcoming anxiety and panic
taking medications, if appropriate
dealing with children, spouse, parents, friends, coworkers, teachers, bosses, and more
taking your first trip out of the house
Mathew includes FAQs, general survival tips, and a special chapter on tips for spouses and loved ones.
Un-Agoraphobic is candid, funny, prescriptive, and spot on for panic disorders - by an author with a lot of life experience under his belt.
Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By Wilt on 05-03-15
Content is fine but wrong choice for narrator.
Would you try another book from Hal Mathew and/or Jeff Cummings?
Poor narrator choice. He sounds giddy when talking about an ailment/ disease as if he's reading a magical children's story. The content may be good but not sure people will keep listening. His tone is not matching the subject matter and it may be tough for those suffering to relate. A hint of empathy, understanding or seriousness would been more appropriate.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jeff Cummings?
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Franco on 05-31-17
Can be better!
What would have made Un-Agoraphobic better?
This book seems to be more suitable for younger readers.
Has Un-Agoraphobic turned you off from other books in this genre?
How could the performance have been better?
Be more inspirational and provide more knowledge on the anatomy and biochemistry of nerves system.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
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By Coffee4Life on 08-09-16
Sorry but very disappointed!
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I read some good reviews for this book so I had high hopes for it. I shelled out for the rather expensive price and listened to it all - very disappointed. Even thought i would give it a chance and give it a second listen but still hated it. Very very patronising and unhelpful. Made me feel worse.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By Sarah on 08-30-17
there was some new ways of thinking here - stage 1 2 and 3 agoraphobes for example. and I love the hope and upbeat tone of the book. it is useful to hear things said in a different way. and from life experiences not just book learning