Thursday, May 23, 2013

Book Review: "The Anxiety Cure" by Dr. Archibald Hart

Keeping in line with our May social media focus that is looking at anxiety in it's different forms, our book review this month will be on Dr. Archibald Hart's "The Anxiety Cure". This book review was written by one of our therapist - Dr. Tommy Smith. Dr. Smith works out of our Brewton, Andalusia, and Frisco City offices. If you would like to learn more about him, click here

This book is the very best I have read on Anxiety.  I have used this book for years and have recommended it to all my patients who struggle with anxiety.  Dr. Hart is a specialist in his knowledge of the underlying causes of anxiety and how it is successfully treated.  This book has helped me as a therapist in my work with those who have suffered with anxiety.  Dr. Hart’s book has covered the entire spectrum of causes and cures for the various problems that arise from anxiety.  He believes that medications are not the final answer and that a lifestyle change is necessary to overcome the problem. Reading this book will bring you more knowledge of the problem and will enable you to do the right things that will bring the real peace one suffering from anxiety longs for.  Answers Dr. Hart provides to worry, stress , and panic attacks make it possible for real lasting results without relying on psychotropic drugs.  Dr. Hart is a Christian counselor and psychologist who has devoted his life to helping people who suffer from anxiety.

The book contains 18 chapters.  In the first chapter, The anxiety Revolution,  you learn to recognize the symptoms of  your  anxiety using a symptom checklist. He describes how the problem is becoming epidemic with the American life-style of fast pace living.  In chapter 2, The GABA-Anxiety Connection, Dr. Hart explains how stress affects the brain chemistry and how this change leads to anxiety.  Chapter 3, Power Over Panic, provides insights and things to do to prevent panic attacks. Chapter 4 discuses psychotropic drugs used in the treatment of anxiety and also the counseling therapies that are available in the treatment of anxiety disorders.  Chapter 5, When and how to use anti anxiety medications. This chapter discusses the various medications and their side effects. Chapter 6, When and how to stop a tranquilizer, Dr. Hart provides very detail plan on how to adjust your dosage gradually in order to stop taking a medication.  He provides counsel as to when you should cease taking a medication.  Chapter 7, Enhancing your natural tranquilizers,  Dr. Hart reviews the research on the brain’s own natural tranquilizers and how through proper diet one can build up his/her own natural tranquilizers. The greatest stressor is one’s own self talk, what one is playing over and over in his or her mind. In Chapter 8, Changing your Thinking Habits, Dr. Hart shares how one can stop the automatic negative or fearful thoughts and to bring about more peaceful and positive self talk..  In chapter 9, Rest and Relaxation, Dr. Hart provides health promoting ways to rest and how to practice relaxation techniques to overcome the bad effects of stress overload (chapter 10).  Chapter 11 deals with the problem of worry and how to address it with a seven week plan for breaking the worry habit.  Chapter 12 reveals the connection between stress, anxiety and depression. Chapter 13 deals with phobias and strategies that lead to achieving freedom from fears.  Chapter 14  deals with the vital need for sleep as the number one stress reliever. Dr. Hart provides help in getting to sleep and sleeping throughout the night. Sleep deprivation is a very serious problem in trying to overcome anxiety.  Getting your required sleep is vital to overcoming the problem of anxiety disorders.  Chapter 15 talks about how to enhance the natural brain chemistry that leads to tranquility and a peaceful mood.  Chapter 16 addresses anxiety in children and teens. Dr. Hart also has written an entire book about how stress affects your child. The remaining chapters of the book points to  the needed spiritual resources that make it possible to resolve the root causes of anxiety and to find the spiritual life that leads to a life of peace and joy.

Dr. Hart's book, The Anxiety Cure, is a must read for everyone who wants to have a genuine and lasting cure for the fear/anxiety that so many people struggle with. This book is easy to read and provides simple easy to apply methods for anyone wishing to overcome fear and anxiety;  a real cure for anxiety without depending on life time use of drugs or psychotherapy.

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