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Overcoming Anxiety, Second Edition by O. Joseph Bienvenu, Joni E. Johnston

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CHAPTER1

Just the Jitters?

In This Chapter

  • The symptoms of anxiety
  • Discover when normal anxiety crosses the line
  • Conduct your own anxiety self-assessment
  • Learn who is vulnerable to anxiety disorders
  • Physical problems that cause anxiety

“Well, Miss Gordon, how are you today?” he [my psychiatrist] asked. I was shocked to hear myself burst into a monologue of almost feverish intensity.

“What’s new, Dr. Allen, is that I can’t walk the streets of the city I love alone. Unless I’m stoned on pills or with someone. I can’t do it. I can’t function without Valium. I’m growing too dependent on something other than myself to function. I’m growing too dependent ...

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