Introduction Understand the EXACT process of Anxiety Panic Awarded 5 stars by UK Mental Health Foundation fear panic obsessive worry stress

Keeping Our Flow

So...moving on - the 'reason' a brief calming is so important is that this 'moves us away' from the temptation to analyse our thoughts after they have happened.

This helps us to stay in our flow, so giving the example of suddenly being worried about where our child is - this is what is described as the 'spike' - that moment of recognition where you suddenly feel panicked and uncomfortable.

Whilst that initial 'thought we can do nothing about - what we 'do' next is so important and this is where we can make such a difference.

Forcing ourseleves to get a solution to that discomforting thought may be typified by us 'then' stalling in our minds and trying to fight for a solution about our child's whereabouts...however if we avoid this reaction by a brief calming, we will then let 'other' thoughts come into our heads as we are staying calm and rational.

Whilst, of course, many of us would realise it's completely acceptable that we may feel like panicking - it certainly won't help us and will, instead, create a mental block.

There are many situations and examples depcited in the book if you want to see how this works in reality.

What's also important is that sufferers realise they may have these sensations many times due to their intense nature and it 'does' take perseverance to steadily achieve a better relaxed mode over time.


''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 ( 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