Anxious Americans have increasingly pursued peace of mind through pills and prescriptions. In 2006, the National Institute of Mental Health estimated that 40 million adult Americans suffer from an anxiety disorder in any given year: more than double the number thought to have such a disorder in 2001. Anti-anxiety drugs are a billion-dollar business. Yet as recently as 1955, when the first tranquilizerMiltownwent on the market, pharmaceutical executives worried that there wouldn't be interest in anxiety-relief. At mid-century, talk therapy remained the treatment of choice.
But Miltown became a sensationthe first psychotropic blockbuster in United States history. By 1957, Americans had filled 36 million prescriptions. Patients seeking made-to-order tranquility emptied drugstores, forcing pharmacists to post signs reading more Miltown tomorrow.” The drug's financial success and cultural impact revolutionized perceptions of anxiety and its treatment, inspiring the development of other lifestyle drugs including Valium and Prozac.
In The Age of Anxiety, Andrea Tone draws on a broad array of original sourcesmanufacturers' files, FDA reports, letters, government investigations, and interviews with inventors, physicians, patients, and activiststo provide the first comprehensive account of the rise of America's tranquilizer culture. She transports readers from the bomb shelters of the Cold War to the scientific optimism of the Baby Boomers, to the just say no” Puritanism of the late 1970s and 1980s.
A vibrant history of America's long and turbulent affair with tranquilizers, The Age of Anxiety casts new light on what it has meant to seek synthetic solutions to everyday angst.
Since it was first published in 1997, Helen Kennerley's "Overcoming Anxiety" has helped thousands of people recover from this disorder.It has won the respect of therapists and patients alike for its practical and friendly approach. Now, for the first time, this landmark work is available as a three-part, large format, practical manuals.The manuals contain multiple copies of blank worksheets, diaries and exercises suitable for a two-week course of treatment. The anxiety sufferer will be able to write directly into the workbook, allowing him or her to trace progress over the course of treatment, monitor behaviour and record step-by-step improvement.Ideal for the user to work through alone or with guided assistance, "Overcoming Anxiety Self-Help Course" is a complete, step-by-step treatment guide
Never has our culture been more aware of personal and global health hazards, from both within and without. While most people may feel some anxiety in this regard, some have an unbearable sense of dread that prevents them from functioning.
Chronic health anxiety-heightened fears of illness, disease, and death-is a central feature of hypochondriasis, of course, but can also present as depression, generalized anxiety disorder, OCD, and other diagnoses. Treating Health Anxiety offers the professional reader not only an understanding of this condition, but also an easily implemented cognitive/behavioral program for reducing fear of illness, overcoming the fear of death, and getting more enjoyment from life, including:
-Step-by-step coverage of the assessment process and therapy sessions
-Patient worksheets and self-monitoring forms
-Specific guidelines for treating health anxiety in children and the elderly
-Strategies for handling impasses and setbacks
-Up-to-date guide to pharmacotherapy for health anxiety.
As media attention to health issues increases, client fears of illness won't go away any time soon. Treating Health Anxiety gives prescribing and non-prescribing clinicians (as well as the counselors and social workers who encounter the problem) the tools to reduce both the fears and the medical costs that so often accompany them.