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A Life Less Anxious: Freedom from panic attacks and social anxiety without drugs or therapy by Steve Pavilanis (2009-11-11)

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  • By Jabberjaw on August 20, 2010

    I thought this book had some great tips and advice for overcoming anxiety and fears. It also helped me see life in a more positive way. The problem I had was the negative view of medication. I just don't want people to read the book and think medication is not an alternative. One of the problems the author had was he mixed alcohol and SSRI antidepressants/anxiety medication. You cannot mix these 2 drugs! The SSRI's medication will not be effective! It also sounds like the author had an alcohol problem which can cause anxiety too. His first panic attack came after he drank heavily the night before and was badly hungover and dehydrated the next day(pages 3-4).I personally completely stopped drinking alcohol and also take anxiety medication that has done wonders for my life. My Doctor says he thinks my biggest change is due to not drinking alcohol. Anyhow, just wanted to mention that. I do carry around the list of 10 things from this book (page 152) in my wallet along with another list from a book called "The Easy Way to Stop Drinking". Find your right combination. But you have to cut out the alcohol if you take medication or want to improve your life. I also have cut back on my medication with no side effects or issue. I plan to cut out completely soon. Thanks and Good Luck to all.

  • By Rachel on September 20, 2012

    Here's a quick & easy way to figure out if this book will be helpful:1) do your panic attacks, like the author's, always last for 30 seconds or less? Once they're over do you feel refreshed and completely fear-free?2) while at your most anxious, are you only worried about what you might do wrong instead of what might happen *to* you?3) is the trigger to your anxiety or panic attacks something you can easily gain access to daily?If you answered yes to these questions, congratulations. This book may be helpful to you. However, if you are someone whose panic lasts for longer than 30 seconds, you will read the book and shake your head. If your fears are centered around things you cannot control rather than your own actions, this book will frustrate you. If you do not have the opportunity to face your fears head on multiple times a day (i.e. fear of flying, etc) then the advice in this book will be useless to you.I suggest reading the free excerpt available from Kindle before purchasing this book. It's really all about the author, and if your circumstances aren't the same as his, look elsewhere.

  • By marissa on October 1, 2012

    this book was almost completely discribing panic. so then what? his few solutions were completely useless for me. my awnsers came from naturopathic doctors who helped rebuild the endocrine system. the force yourself stuff only makes it worse for someone with true panic.

  • By Claire on December 27, 2011

    I picked up this book through Amazon primarily hoping that it would give added insight/value to my son who suffers from crippling social anxiety. I found it to be of extremely limited benefit; for the most part, it reads like someone's personal diary or blog rather than something genuinely worthy of publication. Any bits of useful advice, for me, came predominantly in the form of the pearls of wisdom scattered throughout the text, these being penned by noted authors. I am glad that the author found his way out of his panic attacks and social anxiety but this book is largely a memoir of his own personal experiences; he is not an expert, per say, in the field. Still, it is to his credit, based on the predominantly positive reviews, that there are readers out there who clearly benefitted from his suggestions; I simply do not count myself as one of them.

  • By John F on July 1, 2012

    A Life Less Anxious has something refreshing and helpful to offer, especially compared to many other self help books written by so called "experts" who have not experienced themselves the ups and downs of learning how to manage panic attacks and anxiety. Although the author's (Steve Pavilanis) techniques and coping strategies are not anything new, I found his story about finding success only to relapse several times later and then, through painstaking effort eventually "earning" freedom from panic attacks and social anxiety heartfelt, inspiring and genuine. The author's message is straightforward and not sugar coated as he chronicles his 5 year must challenge those situations where panic and anxiety are experienced over and over again until the cycle is "broken". The steps the author revealed he took to regain his life were clearly not easy but worked for him. That is what I found to be the most helpful, and hopeful, from the book.As uplifting as his story was, I felt the book was a bit incomplete.First, the author discussed in great detail confronting anxious situations and the symptoms of social anxiety (panic)but he really never directly discussed what lay underneath his anxiety and why it developed in the first place. Treating the symptoms is only scratching the surface of the feelings, thoughts and beliefs that fuels the anxiety. Because of this, embracing the strategies that worked for him were not quite as powerful or meaningful without understanding what the author discovered about himself as he challenged his anxious situations and began to grow and find relief.Secondly, although the author made mention of various people and relationships involved in his life who helped him along his journey, the references were vague and there wasn't much emotion or connection conveyed about them. It was almost as if those people were just momentarily there during a brief period which he was referring to. This created for a sense of loneliness and isolation even in the final chapter of the book. THis is not that he didn't speak to feeling grateful and good toward others. But the book would have felt more complete had he shared more about his experiences with others and how that changed over the course of all that he experienced.These two criticisms are in no way meant to detract from the rest of the book, which provides alot of useful, helpful and inspirational information. I recommend giving this book a try if one has tried, and failed, in their attempts to find freedom from panic attacks and social anxiety. The author's positive outlook even during his darkest moments was uplifting and optimistic and provides alot of hope for those looking for a solution to their struggles with panic attacks and social anxiety.

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