AT LAST A LIFE
Written by ex-sufferer Paul David
Do you suffer from any of the symptoms below?
Lack of emotion
Pins and needles
Feelings like you are going mad/not with it
Feelings of panic
Feelings of hopelessness
Headaches/tight band around your head
Lack of sleep and feeling constantly tired
Loss of interest in anything
Constant worrying/feelings of stress
Paranoia about what people think
I recognise the symptoms above only to well, as this was a list I wrote down all them years ago describing how I felt. There are many more I have heard over the years. But they all stem from the same root cause - Anxiety. Your symptoms may feel unique to you, I know I felt I was the only one to suffer in this way, but rest assured, there are many, many people around the world who suffer in the same way.
Let me introduce myself. My name is Paul David and I suffered from every aspect of the anxiety and panic disorder for 10 years, until I reached the point where I thought I could never recover. I would panic whenever I went out and suffered chronic anxiety until I could no longer function properly. I was constantly depressed, had no interest in life and thought I was going mad. I felt as if I was walking round in a dream while the world passed me by. I lost my job, many friends and, more importantly, it robbed me of my whole personality. What had happened to that once confident person who could enjoy life?
This is when I first went to see a doctor. I remember that first meeting like it was yesterday, me sat there talking at 100 miles an hour, thinking "I don't know what's wrong with me, but you're a doctor, just give me my magic pill and I will be on my way." Well all I was told was to go on my way and take it easy. I did not want to take it easy. I knew there was more to it than that, but if the doctor did not know what was wrong with me, then it must be serious. This was the start of 10 years of being seen by one doctor after another, one therapist after another, so called experts that just read from a medical manual and taught me nothing at all. In fact I never even got an explanation of what was wrong with me. I spent more money than I care to remember on so called miracle cures. I tried every anxiety treatment available to me and nothing worked. If only I had known then what I know now, I could have saved myself all those years of suffering.
My own recovery from anxiety came because I was finally given the correct advice and support I needed, that was to set me on the right path to recovery. This was given to me many years ago by someone who actually knew about the subject and did not just read from a medical manual, he like me had actually been through it, he understood what people like me were going through. With the help I received and my own studies, I was able to fully recover and become the person I am today. It was after my recovery that I decided I wanted to dedicate my life to helping others, this led to me spending years studying the whole subject of anxiety and panic and been able to realise the good information and discard all the bad.
Trust me when I say that everyone can recover, once they have received the right guidance and information. I have spoken with many sufferers of anxiety around the world and far too many of them spent years like me going round in circles unable to find any answers to how they felt. As in my case, they feel the medical profession has failed them. This is why I built my site site and wrote a book on the subject, so I could finally give these answers that people so crave.
Understanding How You Feel
The first time we feel anxiety is in most cases due to a period of stress and worry that builds up over time, our body can take so much then it just says 'enough is enough' it cannot take the stress and worry any longer, your body needs a time out, but it does not get one because the way you feel now scares you, you worry about how you feel, you may think you are going mad, you go from one doctor to another trying to get answers to how you feel, all this worry and stress adds even more stress to your already tired body, your symptoms persist and in many cases become worse, so you worry even more, this was me and was exactly the reason I spent years getting worse and not better, I was basically in the full anxiety cycle.
In my case the more I understood the easier things got. I also learnt that I was doing everything wrong. I was fighting my symptoms, I was anxious because I was anxious, I was running away from how I felt, everything I was doing was just adding to my feelings of anxiety and panic. I was spending every day questioning how I felt, thrashing my mind, because I just did not understand why I felt like I did and having no idea how to make myself feel better. Every day just seemed like a daily battle with myself. When we don't understand why we feel like we do, we have nothing left to do but to try and figure it all out ourselves. This is the reason we feel unable to detach ourselves from or thoughts and how we feel; the constant thinking eventually tires our mind and is the reason we feel so emotionally spent and fatigued.
The knowledge I gained through and beyond my recovery made me want to share what I know and stop others suffering through lack of understanding and incorrect information, so I went on to write a book on the subject entitled 'At Last a Life'. The book continues to get fantastic feedback and was written to give people the answers that so far have eluded them, so many people who have read it say it has changed their life and it is something I am very proud of.
I chose the title "AT LAST A LIFE" because it summed up recovery for me. I spent 6 months writing this book, as I wanted it to be just right. Not only did I want it to give you a full understanding of anxiety and panic, but also why you feel like you do and what is keeping you in the cycle, I also wanted it to come from someone who had been actually been through it, someone who could relate how you are feeling. If anyone asks me what the most important thing is in reaching recovery, I say 'understanding'. Understanding what is wrong with you is so important, it takes away so much fear out of how you feel and fear of your condition is the very thing that keeps it alive. The main reason people continue to suffer is because they are bewildered and don't understand why they feel like they do.
RECOVERY IS WITHIN EVERYONE
The way to recover is through knowledge, not through a pill or some miracle cure you may read about somewhere. Fear is the main reason anxiety symptoms persist. If you visit any forum on the subject, 90% of questions are fear based. Why do I feel like I do? Am I seriously ill? Will these feelings ever go away? The list goes on; this is why it pains me to see so little good information on a subject that so many people suffer from. These people can never hope to recover in their present state because every day is filled with fear; they are trying to think and fight their way out of how they feel. When they hit one brick wall after another, they become more bewildered than ever. Until we can bring more awareness to the subject, I feel we will still get forums and doctors surgeries full of people crying out for help and so much needless suffering through lack of information will continue.
'At Last a Life' is my story of recovery from anxiety and panic. The first thing people say after reading it is that for once someone has finally explained why they feel like they do and made it so easy to understand. This is exactly what I wanted to do, I wanted people to have the answers that I craved all them years ago, I felt like screaming out "When will somebody finally tell me what is wrong with me" this was always the problem, nobody ever could. One of the main aims of the book was to tell people why they feel like they do, so their whole day is not filled with fear and worry of their condition, as this is the very thing that keeps people in the cycle, if you fear something it is bound to dominate your day, if you don't understand something you are going to go round in circles, constantly thinking and worrying about how you feel.
As an ex-sufferer I could and would not sell anything if I did not believe that what I wrote could help. The feedback I have received from people who have read the book has exceeded even my expectations, many saying it is by far the best book they have read on the subject and this is the rewarding part for me. It is not a book about breathing excercises or some cheap copy of an ebook. This is my story of recovery, the same principles that have took many others to recovery before me. It was written by someone who went through it and came out the other side, someone who studied every aspect of the condition, spoke to many people who had recovered and put all this knowledge into one book.
The book has sold over 500 copies on here with nothing but positive feedback.
If you have any doubts about the quality of the book then please read the feedback received below.
'AT LAST A LIFE'
Thank you so much. If I never read another book again, I'm glad I read this one
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Chapter 1: My Story
Chapter 2: The breakthrough
Chapter 3: So what are these feelings I feel
Chapter 4: Understanding anxiety
Chapter 5: Give up the fight
Chapter 6: Panic attacks explained
Chapter 7: Understanding feelings of unreality
Chapter 8: Irrational thoughts
Chapter 9: Other Symptoms explained
Chapter 10: We need one road
Chapter 11: Born to worry
Chapter 12: Some final points
Chapter 13: Coming through depersonalisation
Chapter 14: Frequently asked questions
Chapter 15: Summary
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