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Healing Fear -- New Approaches to Overcoming Anxiety
by Edmund Bourne, PhD
1998. MJF Books (New York, NY) [398 pages]
[Answer 21 of 30 questions correctly to receive
17 hours of Continuing Education credit.]


Chapter 1: My Story (p 11-18)
1. Which of the following did NOT contribute to the author’s “turning point” or recovery from his own anxiety?
a. finding an antidepressant he could tolerate
b. a decision to simplify his life
c. relying upon God
d. moving to a large metropolitan city
Chapter 2: Restoring Lost Connections (p 19-27)

2. At its roots, anxiety arises out of a state of
a. uncertainty
b. separation or disconnection
c. unkindness
d. inexperience
Chapter 3: Simplifying Your Life (p 29-38)

3. The author simplified his life by
a. reducing his client load from (20-25) to (8-10) clients per week.
b. having only one credit card.
c. saying “No” to friends, family, and clients.
d. all of the above
Chapter 4: Caring for Your Body (p 39-78)

4. True relaxation is
a. doing something distracting.
b. slowing down to a full stop.
c. watching television.
d. not achievable for most people.
5. If anxious people are reluctant to start an exercise program because the physiological arousal of exercise reminds them too much of the symptoms of panic, they should
a. exercise only once each week.
b. exercise with a friend.
c. start out by doing 30-45 minutes of walking each day.
d. hire a personal trainer.
6. If an anxious person says that “Exercise causes a buildup of lactic acid, which can cause panic attacks,” a counselor should respond by saying
a. “Any increase in lactic acid from exercise will be offset by your body’s increased capacity to oxidize it.”
b. “Drinking more water will help to eliminate the lactic acid.”
c. Taking a supplement will solve this problem.”
d. Lactic acid does not promote panic attacks.”
Chapter 5: Caring for Your Body: Nutrition (p 78-108)

7. The most reliable test for food allergies is
a. a heart rate that is 10 beats per minute above normal after food consumption.
b. a test that measure the number of antibodies produced by a food (the RAST or ELISA tests).
c. a strong craving for those particular foods.
d. eliminating a particular food for two weeks and observing the change.
8. While fasting, it is NOT recommended to
a. fast during a workday.
b. drink raw vegetable juices 3 times each day.
c. consume 3 cups of herbal tea each day.
d. drink up to 8 glasses of purified water each day.
Chapter 6: Tools that Work: Help for Overcoming Panic and Phobias (p 109-150)

9. Which is TRUE?
a. A panic attack will register abnormalities on an EKG reading.
b. A healthy heart can beat 200 beats per minute for days without damage.
c. A panic attack can cause you to stop breathing.
d. You can fall during a panic attack when you feel “weak in the knees”.
10. The MOST powerful technique for handling all forms of anxiety in the very moment it begins to arise is
a. coping statements.
b. exercise.
c. abdominal breathing.
d. thought stopping.
11. Desensitization occurs when
a. you gradually face your phobia through a series of small, manageable steps.
b. you become less susceptible to criticism.
c. you change anxious self-talk to coping statements.
d. you engage in simple, repetitive activity.
Chapter 7: Medication: Healing Your Brain When Anxiety is Severe (p 151-176)

12. Which does NOT increase serotonin levels?
a. tryptophan
b. exercise
c. bright light
d. a diet of 20% protein, 30% fat, and 50% carbohydrate
13. ____________ work(s) very quickly, reducing symptoms of anxiety within 15-20 minutes.
a. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI)
b. Benzodiazepines
c. Cyclic antidepressants
d. Buspar
Chapter 8: Addressing Personality Issues (p 177-219)

14. If a person had overly critical parents and developed a strong fear of rejection or embarrassment, the most important area of growth for that person is to develop
a. greater autonomy.
b. self-respect and assertiveness.
c. trust in others.
d. enjoyment of life.
15. When overcoming social avoidance, which of the following steps is the easiest?
a. Attending a small meeting and saying your name.
b. Attending a small meeting and making two comments.
c. Attending a social gathering and staying for 20 minutes.
d. Calling two stores to ask if something is in stock.
16. In the author’s experience with his clients, he has found that fears of confinement are frequently related to
a. feeling “trapped” in your current circumstances.
b. being abandoned as a child.
c. mistrust of others.
d. a childhood embarrassment.
17. Hypochondriasis is the fear that any minor ailment could be a serious illness or major medical problem. The most effective behavioral treatment for hypochondriasis is
a. consulting several doctors rather than just one.
b. thoroughly researching the medical nature of your ailment.
c. simply ceasing all attempts to gain reassurance.
d. joining a support group.
Chapter 10: Finding Your Unique Purpose (p 245-255)

18. Which is NOT a characteristic of our life purpose?
a. directed toward others.
b. maximizing one’s pleasure.
c. God-appointed.
d. using one’s talents, gifts, and skills.
Chapter 11: Enlarging Your View of Life (p 257-295)

19. The author suggests that the dominant worldview in the 20th century has been
a. rational humanism.
b. religious pragmatism.
c. new age spirituality.
d. scientific materialism.
20. Spirituality can help overcome anxiety by
a. providing hope in the possibility of recovery.
b. giving up control of your circumstances.
c. relaxing perfectionist standards of achievement.
d. all of the above.
21. The author views adversity and difficult situations as
a. lessons designed for our growth.
b. random, capricious acts of folly.
c. evidence against a loving God.
d. proof for an existential view of life.
22. Which is TRUE about prayer?
a. If you ask God to remove a flaw, He will do it.
b. God usually answers prayers right away.
c. Scientific research has confirmed the effectiveness of prayer.
d. Whatever you pray for will come true.
Chapter 12: Letting Go (p 297-316)

23. Mother Teresa once said her definition of happiness was
a. making others laugh.
b. engaging in silent prayer.
c. finding a productive way to serve others.
d. enjoying a rare moment of relaxation.
24. In overcoming perfectionism, it is important to remember that when self-reflective people are near death, there are usually only two things that seem to have been important to them about their lives: growing in wisdom and
a. settling their estates.
b. learning how to love others.
c. preserving their health.
d. maintaining a good reputation.
Chapter 13: Affirming Your Recovery (p 317-354)

25. A properly worded affirmation is
a. I am overcoming my problem with panic attacks.
b. I am less afraid of having a panic attack.
c. I am 100% confident I will overcome my panic attacks.
d. I am becoming more relaxed.
26. Self-limiting beliefs should be
a. ignored.
b. denied.
c. rebuked.
d. released.
27. An example of an affirmative prayer would be
a. Thank You, Lord, for helping me with my anxiety.
b. Forgive me, Lord, for being such an anxious person.
c. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
d. Lord, help me to be less anxious.
Chapter 14: Learning to Love (p 355-370)

28. The kind of love described in this chapter is
a. filial.
b. passion.
c. affection.
d. compassion.
29. Which is TRUE about forgiveness?
a. A person who was sexually abused cannot forgive.
b. Sometimes forgiveness can be encouraged by saying, “It happened and it’s over.”
c. Forgiveness is not a sacred act.
d. You cannot forgive someone who has died.
30. Compassion begins with acknowledging that
a. adversity exists for everyone.
b. nobody is perfect.
c. pain and suffering are evil.
d. not everyone can do the right thing.