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Anxiety: The Proven Guide to Beating Anxiety and Getting Control of Your Life is a how-to guide for anxiety sufferers, written by Leonard McGregor. The guide discusses various topics, including the many different types of anxieties diagnosed, along with the most likely causes. Signs and symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are also discussed, along with the various treatments available. Most people in the United States (and worldwide) remain undiagnosed due to the stigma which surrounds anxiety and mental health issues.
As a long-term sufferer of Agoraphobia with Panic Disorder, OCD and PTSD and more, I found Leonard McGregor’s guide to be very well researched, addressing the basics of Anxiety Disorder (as opposed to stress). Many people align PTSD with war survivors only, not realizing (or believing) that it can also occur amongst those of us who have survived domestic violence, sexual assault and/or witnessed horrific crimes. The stigma addressed within the pages of Anxiety: The Proven Guide to Beating Anxiety and Getting Control of Your Life is all too common, with many people assuming that they know best in telling you that ‘it is all in your head.’ Granted, it is, but the magnitude of how much of it is inside your head, leading to physical behaviorisms which become quite altered, is when it stops being just a figment of one’s imagination.
For over 20 years, I have struggled with mental illness. It truly is a struggle, with some days leaving me desperate to find a reason just to get out of bed, as well as searching for reasons not to die on any given day. Leaving the house is a rare event for sufferers such as myself, and on days that we cannot do so, we are termed ‘house-bound.’ I strongly recommend Anxiety: The Proven Guide to Beating Anxiety and Getting Control of Your Life to those who have found themselves noticing behavioral changes and toxic thought patterns, as it could help those people try to identify their symptoms, as well as give them the gentle nudge they need to speak to somebody about the problem.