Embracing The Fear

Embracing The Fear: Learning To Manage Anxiety and Panic Attacks

By Judith Bemis and AMR Barrada

Nothing to fear but fear itself? For anyone who has ever suffered from the palm sweating, heart pounding, trembling, panting, exhausting terror of anxiety or panic attacks, that is more than enough. This book, authored by two recovering agoraphobics, offers strategies for managing anxieties and phobias, emphasizing the need to first accept our anxiety and panic, encouraging us to take risks, and giving specific dialogues to counter fearful self-talk. Although they do not address nutritional approaches or relaxation techniques, the cognitive approach they emphasize is a uniquely valuable strategy for understanding and managing fear


Judith Bemis, a recovered agoraphobic, started experiencing panic attacks in 1965. Thinking that it was a serious medical problem, she continually searched for answers concerning the cause, but to no avail. After a period of being semi-housebound, she managed to white-knuckle it until a major setback in 1981 prompted a renewed search for help. A year of cognitive therapy proved to be a turning point in her life. 
Wanting to share her freedom with others, she founded Open Door Outreach, Inc. (a network of support groups for people with agoraphobia and other related anxiety disorders) and has served as director and facilitator for the organization since 1986. In January of 2007, Open Door merged with NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Ms. Bemis currently serves on the NAMI Minnesota Board of Directors. 

Ms. Bemis holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from the University of Minnesota, and did graduate work at Michigan State University. Before retiring, she taught public school music for thirty-five years and worked as a consultant for two years at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital’s Behavioral Medicine Clinic in Minneapolis. She is committed to helping improve the lives of people who suffer with anxiety and panic attacks. 



You can purchase Embracing The Fear ‘ from http://www.fishpond.com.au (It is also available from all major bookshops in Australia.)

Published by: Hazelden Publishing



I have read and or purchased over 10 Anxiety books and this one was definiately a book worth reading. I want general advice or a cognitive plan that works. I’ve suffered with my illness for more than 6 months, been on many different meds. (Still taking them) and tried many things. To me this book is as good as any therapy I’ve had so far. This book will not cure you, but it will teach you how to “Cope” with attacks instead of fighting them.


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