Anxiety is reaching epidemic proportions in the world today. Life is much more demanding and complex and the traditional support systems of family, religion, community and work place have weakened. The power of big pharmaceutical companies has seen to it that the medical world responds to anxiety primarily with chemical cures. They're helpful, they help us cope when under pressure but they don't offer recovery. Talking therapies can be very helpful but they're under resourced in a medical world devoted primarily to physical illness.
When Doctor Claire Weekes wrote her life-changing book 'Self help for your nerves' (re-titled 'Hope and help for your nerves' in the United States) there were only barbituates that made you sleepy and benzodiazepams were only just being introduced. So her first book back in the 1960s was an immediate hit: it offered a cure for anxiety that worked no matter how long and how badly you have suffered.
It was written in a society very different from today, a few people criticise her books because of this. But the Holy Bible was written 2000 years ago and the Holy Qu'uaran 1400 years ago and nobody holds that against them. Indeed, Claire Weekes' books have stood the test of time: among the reader reviews on Amazon someone wrote only last month 'Most important book I've read' whilst another claims 'It saved my life'. Although she died 27 years ago at a great age those words should be her epitaph.
Claire Weekes took the trouble to explain to us how constant worry, stress, overwork and disappointment can cause our nervous system to becone over-sensitised. She describes all the symptoms that this causes, many of them almost identical to physical illness. Anxiety takes many forms but it is always still anxiety.
She then went ahead and explains her cure contained in the mantra 'Face - Accept - Float - And let time pass.' Simple to understand but requiring persistance and practice, no quick-fix but it works and has helped hundreds of thousands to recover and reclaim their lives. And yet in professional medical and psychiatric circles her name is only known to a few. Shame on the rest, I say!
Claire Weekes' teachings have formed the basis for many other self-help authors' books, they stand on her shoulders. Surely it is time for the medical profession to cease its neglect and to examine her methods and base their therapies around them? They could well start their examination by reading the 350+ reader reviews of he first book on amazon.co.uk and the 550+ reader reviews on amazon.com
Claire Weekes' Acceptance Therapy will continue to restore people's peace of mind despite the neglect of many doctors and psychiatrists. Perhaps after all the strength of her method is contained in the first two words of her first book.