Anxiety : The Missing Stage of Grief: A Revolutionary Approach to Understanding and Healing the Impact of Loss
by Smith, Claire Bidwell

1 What Is Anxiety?
2 What Is Grief?
3 Understanding Your Story of Loss
4 Making Amends
5 Taking Charge
6 Taking Inventory
7 The Power of Writing
8 Retraining Your Brain
9 Being Present
10 Something to Believe In
11 Death Planning
12 Death Is Not the End of Love
About the Author261

A groundbreaking book exploring the little-known yet critical connections between anxiety and grief, with practical strategies for healing, following the renowned Kübler-Ross stages model

Anxiety disorders are on the rise; many people are looking for resources to help them cope with anxiety, yet most people aren't aware that unresolved grief is a primary underpinning-or that the two are related at all. In her therapy practice and in her own life, Claire Bidwell Smith discovered the connections between anxiety and grief. Now, backed by research, case studies, and interviews, Bidwell Smith breaks down the physiology of anxiety, giving readers a concrete foundation of understanding in order to help them heal the anxiety caused by loss. Taking a big step beyond Elisabeth Kübler-Ross' widely accepted five stages, Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief explains the intimate connection between death and grief and how they specifically cause anxiety-unpacking everything from our age-old fears about mortality to the bare vulnerability a loss can make us feel.

With concrete tools and coping strategies for panic attacks, getting a handle on anxious thoughts, and more, Bidwell Smith bridges these two emotions in a way that is deeply empathetic and eminently practical.

Claire Bidwell Smith, LCPC, is a therapist specializing in grief and the author of two books of nonfiction. Claire holds a bachelor's degree from The New School University and a master's degree from Antioch University. She is a licensed therapist in both California and Illinois and has a thriving private practice in Los Angeles.

Fear and loathing and sickness unto death—it's enough to put a person into a fretful tailspin, the subject of this useful work of self-help.Why do so many people fall apart? As psychologist and grief therapist Smith (After This: When Life Is Over, Where Do We Go?, 2015, etc.) notes, it's likely that underlying the anxiety that produces such effects there's unresolved grief—e.g., a loved one has passed away, but in our culture's insistence on moving on, we have not adequately acknowledged and processed the passing. The author recounts that the "predominant symptom" she sees in those experiencing grief is not anger but anxiety—and if we don't know how to deal with grief, we know even less about anxiety apart from throwing medications at it. Smith assures readers that "the anxiety you are experiencing is normal," welcome words given that those experiencing anxiety too often feel they are doing so in isolation and shame. The author notes that while the brain is processing the separation, regret, and other emotions accompanying loss, that loss is also tangible: "We are forced to rearrange our lives to accommodate for the absence of this person." In discussing that rearrangement and those emotions, Smith turns from the canonical work of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross to more recent practitioners, such as Thomas Attig, who analyzes the changes that accompany loss, including, inevitably, changes in one's own identity, a potential cause of grief all its own. Sometimes awkward, sometimes obvious, Smith's book is formulaic, one story, anecdote, clinical note, and exercise following on the other ("Let's check in with your level of anxiety"; "Now let's get you writing"), and there's a sameness to the proceedings that can dull the luster of that insight. Still, that insight alone, linking anxiety to grief, is worth the price of admission. If Smith's ideas of "resilient grieving" help even one reader cope with the trauma and fearful thoughts of a n xiety, she will have done a great service. Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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