Why I read this book
Did you know that there are millions of people in this world who suffer from this thing called anxiety? Most of them will seek help and some don't even know they have it but will think they are crazy. Some of these people will need medication to help them control it and to live their life. The reason that I am reading this is so I can learn as much as I can about this disorder so I can help a friend and a sister of mine. They both suffer from this but whereas one takes medication the other does not. So if I can learn from this book then I can convey what I learned to them so it will help them.
Title and Author Information
Do you want to get control of your anxiety then read Leonard McGregor's book on Anxiety: The Proven Guide to Beating Anxiety and getting Control of your Life. It is a 41-page book that was published on the 7th of October in the year 2017 and sold by Amazon. Even though there is no background information on the author, he seems to know how to beat anxiety and to take control of your life.
According to the author, this "book was written to help those who are ready and willing to fight and overcome their anxiety and put an end to their panic-stricken lives" (Anxiety by Leonard McGregor, 2017, p2). He accomplishes this by defining your anxiety; The Anxious Mind and Body; discusses the types of anxiety disorders; seeking medical treatment; the alternative forms of getting treatment and how to take one day at a time.
In order to beat anxiety, we need to know know what it is and how it is different from good anxiety. Good anxiety would be like if you're nervous before a test but after the test is over you feel fine. Bad anxiety would be if you continue to stress about days after the test. I didn't even know that there were two kinds of anxiety. This book explains what the main effects of anxiety are and they are headaches, discomforts, dizziness, shakiness, increased heart rate, choking sensations, nausea and the feeling of going to the bathroom. Did you know that anxiety can have a long term effect on your immune system, can cause kidney and heart problems, depression and digestive systems? If you have these problems, I would make an appointment to see your doctor.
Leonard even mentions the different types of anxiety which include panic attacks, phobias, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD), and Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). With each of these disorders, he discusses the signs and symptoms and the cause and treatments.
He dedicates a chapter on medical treatments like Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with how it works, and some of the medications that are prescribed. Another chapter is on the alternative medication that you can take if you don't want prescribed medications.
In conclusion, by the time you finish reading this book, the reader will have "learned the basics of anxiety, how it develops, and what signs to look out for. You have learned how the anxious mind works and the way stigma makes the situation worse and the different types of anxiety disorders" (Anxiety, Leonard McGregor, 2017).
My thoughts on this book
The way this book is laid out, it is easy to read and understand. From reading this book, it seems to be accurate and everything in this book pertains to anxiety. What I like is that the author had said in the beginning of the book what was going to be in this book and he did write about the things that he said he would. Before reading this book, I didn't know that there were millions of people who suffered from this or that some of them wouldn't seek help. By reading this book, I was able to get a better understanding of what it is and how it can be treated.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who suffers from this disorder or thinks they are. I also think this book would be good for friends or family members who would like to know what is happening to their loved ones.