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Book FormatPaperback
AuthorDennis Ortman
Publication DateDecember, 2015
ISBN-139781942891000
GenrePsychology/Psychopathology - Anxieties & Phobias
Viewing anxiety as an addiction, Dennis Ortman, Ph.D. guides you through the time-tested Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to find relief from your anxiety. He shows how the Steps offer practical wisdom on how to transform your anxious habits of thinking into constructive action.

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Viewing anxiety as an addiction, Dennis Ortman, Ph.D. guides you through the time-tested Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to find relief from your anxiety. He shows how the Steps offer practical wisdom on how to transform your anxious habits of thinking into constructive action.

When you are in the grip of anxiety, fear, or worry: - Do you feel powerless to stop your reacting? - Does your life feel unmanageable? - Does your craving for control interfere with your life? - Do you feel hopeless for a cure? If you answer "yes" to these questions, you anxiety has become an addiction. It acts like a drug that excites, numbs, and possesses you, causing you to avoid a full life. Viewing anxiety as an addiction, Dennis Ortman, Ph.D. guides you through the time-tested Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to find relief from your anxiety. He shows how the Steps offer practical wisdom on how to transform your anxious habits of thinking into constructive action. The Steps invite you to stop, look, listen, and then consciously act to create a new life, awakening your true self.

Finalist, American Book Fest's Best Books Awards

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Publisher
Msi Press
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
ENG
Number of Pages
234
Author
Dennis Ortman
Title
Anxiety Anonymous
ISBN-13
9781942891000
Publication Date
December, 2015
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
10.00 x 7.00 x 0.49 Inches
ISBN-10
1942891008

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I received this book a...

I received this book as a member of librarything.com's Early Reviewers Group. Anxiety Anonymous The Big Book on Anxiety Addiction by Dennis Ortman, Ph.D is a very interesting book. Everyone experiences some level of anxiety in their lifetime. This book will help you define exactly which behaviors are driven by anxiety and give you guidelines on how to regain control of your life. I think it is an excellent sour cell of information. As a mother I always worry about my children. They are all adults now. They make their own decisions and no amount of worrying or anxiety will change that fact. Dr. Ortman makes it easy to recognize behaviors that allow an anxiety disorder to thrive so you can identify the behavior errors and regain control. This book helped me realize when anxiety was useless and detrimental to my health. While I do not suffer from an anxiety disorder there is sufficient impact on my life to make this book very useful. If you suffer from Anxiety Addiction this book would be a very useful aid under the guidance of a therapist. Once you feel you have control this book could help you stay on task and not relapse. It's not a perfect fix-all, but we're all human and our needs differ.

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I was lucky to be sele...

I was lucky to be selected for the ER of Anxiety Anonymous: The Big Book on Anxiety Addiction by Dennis Ortman. I broke into this book not knowing what to expect. The first section did not grab me but it was interesting enough to move on to section II and then I was hooked. The many examples of various anxieties were useful for reading realistic occurrences with others in life that will be very useful as a resource for Pts with anxiety features in the various ways. I enjoyed the use of religious aspects and walking away with a lot of information. Thank you for selecting me. I recommend rewind this book and share the information in.

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This book should be ve...

This book should be very familiar to anyone who has been to an AA meeting. It treats anxiety using the AA method. It has many meaningful passages, but has a flawed structure. If you haven't had success using the AA method, you probably won't successfully master your anxiety with this book. If you have had success with the AA program, or have never tried it, you will get something out of it. The method is proven to work for alcoholics, and it has been successfully translated to work for anxiety. Definitely worth a read for anyone with anxiety or panic disorders.

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Before reading this bo...

Before reading this book, I was aware of Emotions Anonymous, but not Anxiety Anonymous but I would think they must be very similar. Ortman starts out helping the reader understand addiction. He does this by comparing it to Alcohol addiction. They are really quite different, but most everyone is familiar with AA, so it's a good place to start. When you are anxious you feel threatened, powerless and vulnerable. You isolate yourself. You avoid anything that's uncomfortable. You may feel that being hyper-vigilant protects you...and it can for a while, but it becomes a trap. Ortman does a very thorough job of explaining all of contradictions in addiction. He clarifies troubling words like paradox, control, forgiveness, God, prayer and amends. To those in another 12 step program these are probably already familiar. Ortman walks the reader through each of the 12 steps as they pertain to Anxiety. There are many thoughts to consider, ideas to practice, ways to identify obstacles, lists of opportunities to grow for every step. He compares each step as a part of a dance, and helps you see the "we" in the experience. There are many additional suggestions like journaling, meditation, rituals, walking, groups, gratitude lists and so on to take you farther. There is a tremendous amount of information in this book and could be very helpful to anyone who is serious about overcoming their addiction. And there were a couple things I didn't like about the book. Ortman compared an Anxiety Addiction to an Alcoholic Addiction over and over and over again. He made his point too much. And he used way too many first-person examples. Yes, the stories and examples were helpful to illustrate real life situations that applied to what was being written, but again I got so tired of them I began to skip them. I think the book is well-written and easy to read, and is an important addition for today's society.


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