Dr Hazel Claire Weekes MBE 11 April — 2 June was an Australian general practitioner and health writer; she also had an early career as a research scientist working in the field of comparative reproduction. She is considered by some as the pioneer of modern anxiety treatment via Cognitive Therapy. She continues to be noted for her books on dealing with anxiety disorders. Weekes found that many of her patients suffered from anxiety disorders, such as agoraphobia , panic attacks , phobias , generalised anxiety disorder , and obsessive-compulsive disorder. In her books, she frequently used the term "nervous breakdown", despite it being unscientific and unnecessarily alarming. She also avoided the term "Anxiety State", as she felt it was too "medical" for the purpose of her books.

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Claire Weekes. Nervous suffering. What a quaint little pair of words Dr. Claire Weekes uses to describe the big bad beast of anxiety. While her language might be a tad outdated, her recommendations are timeless.

And the time is obviously right to share with you a few of Dr. So, you might need to work extra hard to remember the successes.

Perhaps you can write them down, text them to a trusted friend, or simply reflect on your successes every night before bed. Keeping your successes on the front burner rather than on the back burner will make them more salient.

Thinking about them often will help you to continue moving — to continue walking through the grocery store that terrifies you, driving down that busy freeway where you once panicked, or hopping on that bus to get to work. Somethings it may seem to never quite die down and may smolder on all the time you are out.

You can still function with this inner smoldering. Do not be bluffed by this. It is only sensitized nerves recovering from the blast see you have just given them and quivering under the little blasts you continue to give them.

The remnants of panic might continue to cause discomfort, even after you ward off, quell, or distract yourself from an attack.

But those remnants are just that — remnants. The residual shakiness or jellylegs you experience after a panic attack are not part of the panic attack itself — they are artifacts. As Dr. Weekes says, you can still function with this inner smoldering!

You can still make it to your highway destination even if you need to pull over for a little while to rest. Do not confuse the smouldering — the sensation of your nerves slowly normalizing themselves — with anxiety itself.

I hope you can take these lessons straight into your weekend. Photo: Viewminder Flickr. Summer Beretsky enjoys writing about her experiences with anxiety, panic, and Paxil. She had her first panic attack as an undergrad at Lycoming College and plenty more while she worked toward her M. You can follow her on Twitter summerberetsky. Or via RSS Feed. Find help or get online counseling now. Slowly, but resolutely.

Remember the wins, and think about them often. One comment:. Psych Central. Last updated: 22 Nov Statement of review: Psych Central does not review the content that appears in our blog network blogs. All opinions expressed herein are exclusively those of the author alone, and do not reflect the views of the editorial staff or management of Psych Central. Published on PsychCentral. All rights reserved. Hot Topics Today 1. Cold Meds Got You Anxious? Know Your Ingredients!

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