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People of Interest: Dr. Claire Weekes

The purpose of the “People of Interest:” sections of my daily writing repertoire, is to give a brief little introduction to someone that I’m learning about, people that are awesome, and/or anyone trying to spread useful information to others. That is about the extent of my criteria. Hope you enjoy.



Dorothy Claire Weekes, also known as Dr. Claire Weekes, was a pioneering psychiatrist and author who dedicated her career to helping people overcome anxiety and panic disorder. Born in Australia in 1903, Weekes began her career as a nurse before studying medicine and eventually specializing in psychiatry. She was deeply committed to understanding and treating anxiety and panic disorder, and her approach was revolutionary at the time.


Weekes believed that understanding and facing fear is an essential part of overcoming anxiety and achieving emotional wellbeing. She developed a unique approach to treating anxiety and panic disorder that focused on understanding and accepting fear rather than trying to suppress or eliminate it.


This approach was based on the idea that fear is a natural and necessary part of the human experience, and that it serves an important function in helping us stay safe and alert. However, when fear becomes excessive or irrational, it can lead to anxiety and panic disorder.


Weekes’ approach to anxiety and panic disorder was groundbreaking and has had a lasting impact on the field of psychiatry. Her books, including “Hope and Help for Your Nerves” and “Peace from Nervous Suffering,” have been widely read and have helped countless people understand and overcome their fears.


Dorothy Claire Weekes was an Australian psychiatrist and author who is best known for her work on anxiety and panic disorder. She believed that understanding and facing fear is an essential part of overcoming anxiety and achieving emotional wellbeing.


Weekes claims that rather than attempting to battle or avoid fear, the key to conquering anxiety and panic disorder is to comprehend and accept it. She stressed the significance of facing one’s concerns head-on rather than avoiding them because doing so can ultimately make anxiety worse.


She also urged people to take baby measures to gradually gain confidence and resilience while being patient and nice to themselves as they worked through their worries.


A significant framework for comprehending and addressing fear is provided by Dr. Claire Weekes’ approach to anxiety and panic disorders, and her work continues to motivate and assist individuals today.


(Link to Claire Weekes wikipedia)

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