Freedom From Fear: Overcoming Anxiety, Phobias, And Panic

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Citadel Press, 2004 - Self-Help - 304 pages
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In Freedom from Fear, Dr. Howard Liebgold, M.D., a psychiatrist who overcame a claustrophobic condition that lasted 31 years, reveals the techniques that he has used to help thousands of patients to conquer their fears. In the course of just a few weeks, everyone suffering from acute phobias will learn simple but powerful methods for the cure of their symptoms and how to stop panic attacks. Finally, even the most anxiety-ridden will learn the strategies and coping mechanisms to gently and safely overcome devastating, constricting fears or obsessive compulsive behaviors. By following this ten-week, step-by-step program, readers will learn to:
- Understand the nature of phobias
- Design a personalized strategy to conquer their fears
- Understand and practice non-avoidance
- Develop a mutual support system
- Follow sound nutrition and exercise practices
- Master relaxation techniques
- Freedom from Fear is the first book on phobias written by a physician who suffered and recovered from crippling phobias.
 

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Contents

My Story
1
What You Need to Know to Cure
11
Tools and Strategies to Combat Anxiety
47
Desensitizing to Phobias and Obsessions
83
Phoboc Potpourri
125
Faulty Thought Processes
175
Destructive Beliefs
197
Assertiveness
218
Public Speaking Conversing
231
Where It Went and How
252
Codependency and How to Cure
266
Epilogue
297
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Howard Liebgold, M.D., was awarded California's Physician of the Year in 1991. During his medical career, spanning more than 35 years, he served as Chief of Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation, Head of the Chronic Pain Management Clinic, as well as teaching his phobia classes every week. Dr. Liebgold is a national expert, has been featured in many newspaper and magazine articles, and has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Evening Magazine, and the BBC. He lives in Vallejo, California, near San Francisco.

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