Escape Anxiety: 8 Steps to Freedom Through Meditative Therapies


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Select Books (NY)
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6.1 X 1.1 X 9.1 inches | 1.25 pounds
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About the Author

Suzanne Jessee, M.A., C.Ht., is the creator of Escape Anxiety, a multi-disciplinary therapeutic program for the prevention, management, and treatment of anxiety and panic disorders. She designed the anxiety specialty programs at the Betty Ford Center and Brighton Hospital. Suzanne earned her M.A. in Addiction Studies at the world-renowned Hazelden chemical-dependency treatment center in Center City, Minnesota, and her B.S. in psychology at Eastern Michigan University. Her unique contribution to anxiety treatment has been recognized by leaders in the field, including best-selling author Dr. Bernie Siegel. After hospitalization in 1991 with severe depression, panic disorder, and early stages of agoraphobia, Suzanne made it her life's mission to get well, and then to study the psychology and physiology of anxiety and panic disorders. Suzanne lives in Palm Desert, CA, with her miniature Chihuahua, and enjoys nature hikes in the Coachella Valley Mountains with her daughter and Grandson.


In this book and related PBS television special, Jessee, creator of antianxiety programs at the Betty Ford Center in California and Michigan's Brighton Hospital, draws on her experience as a clinical therapist and her earlier struggles with alcoholism, depression, and anxiety. Her book will be useful to anxiety sufferers, as its numerous checklists and narrative will first allow them to recognize that their symptoms are not simply what everyone goes through, and the tips and especially guided meditations--self-led sessions that increase in length as the book goes on--will allow them to begin recovery. Jessee includes numerous warnings to also seek a physician's advice. She makes it clear that she believes in God and advocates spirituality as one way to heal, but overall the book is suitable for those of varying faiths or no faith. Refreshing is the author's recognition that the need to get better is one more source of stress, and she takes it easy on readers, reminding them that they're often their own worst enemy and recovery isn't a race.

VERDICT Within the first few pages of this book, readers will learn ways to combat lifelong problems. Pair with Jacqueline Hornor Plumez's forthcoming The Bitch in Your Head for an anti-anxiety course.

--Henrietta Verma "Library Journal "