The Anxiety Cure

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Theory Critique:

The Anxiety Cure
Dr. Archibald D. Hart

Presented to

Assistant Professor Max Mills

Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary

Lynchburg, VA


In Partial Fulfillment
Of the requirements for the course

PACO 507
Theology and Spirituality in Counseling



December 12, 2010

The Anxiety Cure
Dr. Archibald D. Hart

Concise Summary:
Dr. Archibald Hart brings gives his contribution to the counseling world by giving us the Anxiety Cure. The essence of the book is found in the beginning of the book. Anxiety is now the number one emotional problem of our day (Hart 1999). This book aims to help people cope with worry, stress and panic attacks without prescribing medication. Stress is a unavoidable part of life and the associated conditions that come with it causes depression, which is a threat to living a good life. Dr. Hart does take time to show how the brain works in relation to how the body reacts to stress. Many times the way we think contributes to the anxiety that we feel. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than twenty-three million Americans suffer from some form of anxiety disorder, including panic anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, phobias, and generalized anxiety disorder (Hart, 1999, 7). With this in mind, the book looks at several different alternatives to cope with anxiety and the stress that comes with it. Hart, in his effort to help those who suffer, gives a brief overview of the problems associated with anxiety. The most common problems that Hart mentioned are: Panic Anxiety Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Specific Phobia, Agoraphobia, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Acute Stress Disorder and Separation Anxiety Disorder (Hart 1999, 9-10). Hart warns that instead of immediately turning to anxiety medication...
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