Discovering the Anxiety Coaches Podcast led me to rediscovering Dr. Claire Weekes(1903-1990), the pioneering Australian physician who wrote about how to float through anxiety in the 1960's. When I was in the depths of anxiety, I found a book by Claire Weekes at the library.
I recognized a kindred spirit right away. She had suffered with anxiety(or as she puts it "nervous illness"), and knew how disruptive and painful it can be. Dr. Weekes is clear that we are not alone in suffering anxiety, and we are not fundamentally broken or flawed.
Listen to her voice in the video below. Though it reminded me of old movies in tone, it did not subtract to her thorough understanding of the panic cycle which feeds on "what if."
Claire Weekes Biography
Two Pieces of Peace from Nervous Suffering by Summer Beretsky