Introduction Understand the EXACT process of Anxiety Panic Awarded 5 stars by UK Mental Health Foundation fear panic obsessive worry stress solution-doyoupanic.co.uk
COPAST is the 'Concept of Primary and Secondary Thinking'. It focuses on the fact that we 'only' have to live in our natural 'ebb and flow' of life to get better at it.
So, a simple summary of this concept goes as follows...
1. We have a propensity to suffer because we may be intense and worry a lot - this can also be due to a lack of self-confidence which so many of us can suffer from.
2. As a result, we may easily get stressed due to these tendencies and we 'spike'.
3. This is a discomforting 'aware of our thoughts' feeling where we then feel tempted to overly correct that horrible feeling.
This is where the real problems start
4. Advice from this website and my book (if you need to take this further) centres around 'not doing'. Simply put, we just have to avoid this fighting at 'spike point'. If we engage in it, we will find ourselves forcing this to happen (see 'analysis paralysis').
5. The very essence of 'not doing' is to avoid that effortful process of fighting which is typified by the mind racing in an awful abyss of anxiety. Sufferers will steadily start to understand how fighting beyond that spike just keeps bad thoughts 'there'.
''The Mind Works'' (Book/Ebook) by Will Beswick:
A review by Nicki Starkey. The 'National Phobics Society' 23 July 07 (*Review of pre-updated final version)
'The Mind Works' is one man's powerful, personal account of his struggles with panic and anxiety…. Beswick also makes it clear how all types of panic and anxiety are related on the panic spectrum, and can manifest themselves in different ways. In his own case, this was in the form of illness phobia whilst at college. Beswick then begins to outline his own theory on how ‘the mind works’. Put briefly, this theory explains that we are either ‘fighters’ or ‘flighters’. Fighters internalise their panic and flighters externalise theirs. Beswick explains how he overcame his panic by realising that his panic was ‘secondary thinking’ - an internal process that was ongoing. He introduces a number of concepts, such as COPAST- concept of primary and secondary thinking. These are explained in great detail with examples to demonstrate their meaning. As the reader, we are gradually encouraged to find faith in our natural coping abilities..…The author uses a number of diagrams and workable examples for the reader to attempt. He also includes a number of responses to e-mails from readers of his own website (www.doyoupanic.co.uk) where he clarifies any points raised about his theories. It also means that he can tailor his answers to particular phobias or types of anxiety and explain how they work.... The author has also included contributions from other therapists, such as John Crawford’s explanation of OCD, which I also found very helpful. As well as this, he provides links to helpful articles, and opens the discussion up to include related subjects such as eating disorders and medication, and how these relate to his theories.
Overall I was very impressed with the content and layout of this book.. it is written in a way that will help many readers to rationalise what they are experiencing and help them to look at the issues in a new light. It uses good examples, positive language and a personal approach that will strike a chord with many readers.... Nicki