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At Last A Life

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  580 ratings  ·  49 reviews
The complete and natural cure for anxiety and panic issues.

At Last a Life is my own experince and recovery through anxiety, panic and depersonalisation. One of my main aims in writing this book was to make it as easy as possible to read and understand; to get my message across from a sufferer's point of view and dilute all the jargon that you may have found hard to
Kindle Edition, 176 pages
Published March 18th 2012 by Anxietynomore (first published January 1st 2006)
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Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-help, favourites
Im writing this review and im a little anxious but for the first time i know its ok, its ok to have anxiety and im fine with that. This took me about 2 weeks before i finished this book because i wanted to test this authors theories. He was right! For the first time in a long time, i just accepted it and didnt fight the anxious thoughts anymore, i felt a little lost at the start because im always constantly fighting with myself to get rid of this anxiety, but as soon as i changed my thoughts and ...more
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Teaches the Law of Detachment but specific to those that suffer from anxiety and/or panic attacks. I thought it was a well written book and covered all the basis.
It also helped me stay afloat during tough times.
The book will teach you how to detach from your anxious feelings and heal.
And I was happy to note I was doing many of the principles that were mentioned in this book already.
But it is Not a get quick cure. And people may shun the methods listed because its not an overnight cure. And
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"The best way to keep control is actually to release it."

This book is the light at the end of the tunnel for people who are going through months and years of anxiety with no hope of recovery. Paul will help you relax and just live your life and see your anxiety fade. As the book says it doesn't want to give you an over-night cure for anxiety so I suggest reading a book in small proportion. Read a chapter and take it in. Then go to the next chapter.
Don't try to finish it quickly.

Thank you Paul
Jeannie Blackwelder
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Best advice ever given about anxiety

This book was the agent that finally put me on the right path to recovery.
I would recommend it to anyone who has been sucked into that black hole of anxiety!
Kelly Martin
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
After living with anxiety since I was 7 years old I have read many many self help books to look for tips to overcome anxiety and nothing helped. I found many of the books written were written by 'experts' psychologists, lecturers etc etc.. and no-one had actually been there that had real solid results.

Paul David's book 'At Last A Life' is by far the best book on anxiety I have ever read and it works. He writes in a down to earth way, expresses a lot of knowledge about what anxiety is, what a
Andrea Aguilar
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anxiety sufferers, worrywarts, panic attacks
The only reason I'm giving this book four stars is because of frequent grammar and spelling mistakes, but nothing that some editing work can't fix. When it comes to the topic in itself, this book must be read in order to recover. Written by an anxiety sufferer, David tells you a little bit of his experience with the hell that can be anxiety disorders and how he managed to find, little by little, and with no effort at all (my favorite part!) peace, not just with his condition, but with life as a ...more
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I've been dealing with depersonalization for about a month now and after reading this book, I had one good day of doing what I wanted regardless of how badly I felt. Two days later, I think I'm experiencing my first set-back because I feel horrible. I can't emphasize this enough! I look at myself in my head and I'm like, "who are you?" "How can you actually feel this bad?" And then you try not to worry, because that feeds it and then you can't focus on anything else! Yuck! I wouldn't wish this ...more
Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book helped me get through a period in my life when I was having serious panic attacks and anxiety. It informed me on all things anxiety, from the science to the mental aspects, and helped me work on what I could. What I learned was massive lifestyle change is needed. There is still the occasional spurt of anxiety, but having dramatically changed my surroundings, I'm no where near where I was when I read this book. Everything passes, and David's book is a great asset to mental health and ...more
Terribly written for the most part, but extremely good. Read about it in the comments of an article I read yesterday that is also terribly written, but the content of both together have set me on a new path. Whatever, anxiety! Do your worst.
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
After reading Caire Weekes' "Hope and Help for Your Nerves" I decided to read this one as well which was a book writen from the viewpoint of a patient. The books didn't have a lot of differences regarding the meaning, but the approach was obviously not the same.

Paul David's vocabulary is very simple, like the one everybody uses in their everyday lives. It was actually really pleasant to read something like that, since I felt like it was a conversation (or a monologue) between two friends, so it
Cameron Davis
Truly one of the worst books I've ever read. It's absolutely incredible how shamelessly repetitive, full of fluff, and poorly written this book is. This is the second book I've read recently that contains a layperson's account of his experiences and insights regarding anxiety, and this one was just as terrible. I only have two data points, but still I am getting closer to the elitist conclusion that I should never read another lay book about experience with mental health and should only opt for ...more
Parul Trivedi
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a helpful read for understanding and recovering from anxiety. The advice given is not a quick fix but shows a path to recovery. I found the content useful, easy to read, and effective- even though repetitive. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a way out from overthinking, worrying and anxiety.
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
Although the topic of anxiety is interesting, and the writer has a lot of experience in this field, the book was not well-written. Dull at times (filled with emails and positive feedback from people that he helped cure their anxiety), the book did not focus thoroughly on what it should have. The golden rule of the book is: Anxiety of having anxiety creates more anxiety. So stop that, you.
Ramesh Baryal
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
It took a lot of efforts to complete this book. The title is very appealing. But, the pages are filled with emails and testimonials. Many times the author mentions receiving certain feedback from people who read the book. I am not sure which edition I read. I think if it is properly edited, it wont be more than quarter of the current pages. ...more
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Surprised Claire Weekes did not get more than a passing reference as her simple yet possible life-changing idea of floating is the heart of this book. A competent editor would have effortlessly weeded out the typos and other issues of grammar, even the repetition of the main idea, which finds itself on almost every page--but, in a way, it somehow made sense for me, the gentle, assuring reminders to accept and entertain no ideas of control. To simply be. To trust your body and let recovery come ...more
Daniel Aguilar
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Despite the editing and writing style, which mostly reads like a compilation of blog entries, I found it very helpful to understand that panic or anxiety attacks are actually pretty common and something you can recover from. The tips and recommendations may not seem very intuitive at first, specially for those who just very recently happened to suffer from this, but they do make a lot of sense once you understand where it all comes from. I actually happened to read this while studying ...more
Omar Elersh
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
دا أكتر كتاب ساعدني في التعامل مع الرهاب الإجتماعي (Social Anxiety) إن مكانش أهم الكتب إللي قرأتها في حياتي.
الكتاب بيصف مرض القلق في الأول و تأثيرة علي الأعصاب و الأعراض جميعها إللي كان بيعاني من جزء منها الكاتب و أعراض تانية أشخاص تانين كانوا بيعانوا منها و تاني جزء عن سياسة التعامل معاها و مضمون السياسة دي هو تقبل الأعراض و عدم محاولة الشخص بتغييرها لأن دا بيرهق أعصاب الشخص أكتر و مع الوقت من تقبل الأعراض دي و معرفتها و نسبها للقلق بتبدأ تقل أو بتوصل لدرجة إن الشخص مبيهتمش بيها أو مبتبقاش
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So, this book is not well-written at all, but it deserves five stars nonetheless, because it has been the only thing that made life bearable for me in the past months. I'm going through a horrible time and I'm so grateful that I've found my way to this book. Anyone dealing with anxiety, depression, and depersonalization, please read it, cause it's honestly a game changer. I'm keeping it by my side to give me strength in the darkest period of my life.
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The best book I have read for aniexty
Brooke Caroca
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This helped me understand and come to terms with my anxiety so much!
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a great book for anyone suffering from any kind of anxiety. He did a thorough job of explaining how to treat anxiety. If anyone doesnt already know the process, this is a must read. For me, there wasnt a lot of new information, yet Im still glad to have read the book. It is always good to hear important information again and again. I am only deducting one star for the writing. Normally I dont even bother making note of the writing on a book that is so helpful to your life. This one ...more
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This should be required reading for anyone suffering from anxiety and panic. I bumped a star because I think with some editing the book could be better organized, but the ideas are explained well. Detaching from your anxiety feels unnatural at first, but having tested his methods myself over the past week I've noticed small improvements. And for those who know what anxiety is like, you know how amazing those small improvements can feel. I hope this book has set me on a better path, and encourage ...more
Aug 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Paul David speaks not from years of education but from experience. He has the most practical advise on panic and anxiety I have ever read. In a nutshell: don't fight it, don't research it to death, don't try to cure it - just walk along side of it. Highly recommended if you know someone or are someone who suffers from anxiety.
chad phillips
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Get it now if you have anxiety

Great book if you or someone you know are dealing with anxiety. This book will tell you what you have to do to put you on the path to recovery. Tells you why you feel the way you feel. Why you should not fight the feelings and how to allow your body to do what it needs to do. I found it very helpful

Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book has set me on the path to "recovery" after 8 years of anxiety and panic. Would recommend to anyone struggling.

Although I gave it 5 stars, the book could still have been better written, my only minor complaint.
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Game-changer. :)
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I personally found the book helpful. Not your traditional book on the topic of anxiety. However..... Paul David may not be a mental health "professional", but this book needs a professional editor.
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book
Olivia B
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really helped my anxiety PP with my son
Scott Richmond
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is not a well-written book, but the advice is good.
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A fantastic book, which I believe informs of everything you need to know to recover from anxiety. I have at least shown it does, but the pages full of positive feedback from many others, really instills a confidence from the outset. It describes the actual physical reactions that take place in your body, how you have been tricked all along, and how to change your mindset. I honestly believe this is the only book you need to read. But Paul's continuous inspirational tweets and blog keep you ...more
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