HOW THIS BOOK IS HELPFUL TO COUNSELORS
Fear -- New Approaches to Overcoming Anxiety
by Edmund Bourne, PhD
Chapter 1 -- The Author's Own Story
Chapter 2 -- Restoring Lost Connections (family, community, nature, self, God)
Chapter 3 -- Simplifying Your Life (reducing stress, doing what you want for a living, reducing exposure to television, increasing exposure to nature, delegating, learning to say "No")
Chapter 4 -- Caring for Your Body (relaxation, abdominal breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, pacing and downtime, exercise programs, overcoming excuses for not exercising, energy balance)
Chapter 5 -- Caring for Your Body (improving your nutrition, minimizing caffeine, reducing sugar, identifying allergic foods, reducing saturated fats, eating whole and unprocessed foods, organic foods, vegetables, fiber, daily fluid intake, protein-to-carbohydrate ratio, vitamins, amino acids, tryptophan, GABA, DLPA, herbs, glandulars, hormones, detoxification, fasting)
Chapter 6 -- Tools that Work: Help for Overcoming Panic and Phobias
The truth about panic attacks:
 Panic attacks are unpleasant but not dangerous.
 A panic attack cannot cause heart failure or cardiac arrest.
 A panic attack will not cause you to stop breathing or suffocate.
 A panic attack cannot cause you to faint.
 A panic attack cannot cause you to lose your balance.
 You won't fall when you feel "weak in the knees" during a panic attack.
 You cannot "go crazy" during a panic attack.
 A panic attack cannot cause you to "lose control of yourself".
 Don't fight panic.
Coping strategies for managing panic:
 Use the anxiety scale.
 Abdominal breathing.
 Coping statements.
 Other diversion techniques.
 Revising catastrophic thoughts that contribute to panic.
Examples of how to change self-talk:
 Fear of driving on a freeway.
 Fear of flying.
 Fear of contracting a serious illness.
How to face what you fear:
 Taking manageable steps.
 Relying upon a support person.
 Coping strategies.
 Avoid flooding.
 Practicing exposure to phobia 3 to 5 times each week.
 Maintaining the right attitude.
Chapter 7 -- Medication (Serotonin, tryptophan, St. John's wart, exercise, exposure to light. Types: SSRIs, benzodiazepines, cyclic antidepressants, MAO inhibitor antidepressants, beta-blockers, buspar. Should I take medication? For how long? When should I discontinue it?)
Chapter 8 -- Addressing Personality Issues (Fear of abandonment or isolation, fear of rejection or embarrassment, fear of losing control, fear of death or injury, fear of confinement)
Chapter 9 -- Developing Your Observing Self (Meditation)
Chapter 10 -- Finding Your Unique Purpose
Chapter 11 -- Enlarging Your View of Life (How spirituality can help overcome anxiety, your concept of God, deepening your relationship with God, viewing adversity and difficulties from a spiritual perspective)
Chapter 12 -- Letting Go (relaxation, humor, patience, creativity, doing for others, overcoming perfectionism, relying upon others, tolerating uncertainty, faith)
Chapter 13 -- Affirming Your Recovery
Chapter 14 -- Learning to Love (forgiveness, compassion, generosity, kindness)
Chapter 15 -- Conclusion: Acquiring Courage (Ten ways to heal fear daily)