Conquering your Stress & Fears

A treatment guide for anxiety and trauma-related disorders

Non-Fiction - Health - Medical
238 Pages
Reviewed on 09/14/2018
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Reviewed by Charity Tober for Readers' Favorite

Conquering your Stress & Fears: a treatment guide for anxiety and trauma-related disorders by Gustavo Kinrys is an informative guide that is extremely relevant in today's busy world. The book has a very easy to follow format that helps guide readers step-by-step through the healing process. Kinrys encourages readers to utilize natural techniques to overcome stress and fears before turning to conventional medications and treatments. Anxiety, depression and other debilitating mental issues affect millions of people every day. These types of conditions have a huge impact on everyday life and ultimately take the joy out of what could be a very fulfilling life. Kinrys encourages readers to utilize a wide variety of treatment options, including herbs, vitamins and meditation/relaxation techniques. The book provides a clear path and advice for each option offered and the author uses a very encouraging tone to guide readers through each step.

I would recommend Conquering your Stress & Fears to anyone looking for advice on living life to the fullest without all the unnecessary stress and fears that tend to overshadow our everyday existence. The tips and exercises listed in the book by Kinrys are clear and simple and a great way to try out the various methods to see what might work before resorting to traditional medications and treatments from a doctor. Who knows, you just might discover that you have the power inside yourself to combat your own anxieties and demons without medical intervention. I, for one, know that just daily meditation goes a long way in eliminating the negative impact of everyday stress in my own life.

Vernita Naylor

In today's culture, depression, stress and anxiety are at an all time high. People are doing everything possible to relieve their symptoms. And the pharmaceuticals industry has increased their profit margins by offering people a quick fix using various types of medication to either suppress or to provide temporary comfort for these ailments. In Conquering Your Stress & Fears: A Treatment Guide for Anxiety and Trauma-Related Disorders by Gustavo Kinrys MD, you will learn how alternative, healthy approaches can help to overcome these emotions. This book is not a substitute for a doctor's visit, but it can provide you with other options for a better quality of life. In using the Western medicine approach, you can make your condition worse than it is, become dependent on the prescribed medication, or over medicate. This book will educate you about the causes and symptoms of anxiety, stress and fear, as well as nutrient and herbal remedies and the various types of treatments like meditation that can offer you balance to alleviate and/or minimize the effects of how depression, stress or anxiety can affect you.

I love this book because of Dr. Kinrys' Eastern medicine approach which I have been living for decades. By incorporating yoga, meditation, lavender and acupuncture into my routine, I have lived a more balanced and drug (medication) free life. These essential elements allow me to get in touch with Nature and my chi on a daily basis. Once we’re in touch with our surroundings, our life is in balance. The balance that is experienced buffers headaches, body aches, stomach pains and other ailments that are the result of anxiety, stress and fear. The old adage says: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” We can't change everything in our lives but we can change how we allow it to affect us.

Sandy Masia

Conquering your Stress & Fears by Gustavo Kinrys M.D. is an easy to read guide filled with a range of treatments for anxiety and stress that aren't pharmaceuticals, which sometimes have a plethora of side effects that make taking them unpleasant. The information in Conquering your Stress & Fears has been lightened and trimmed down for quick and maximum consumption, which makes it fit easily into our busy lives. It is written to be simple to follow and to revisit again with helpful summaries. Old and new researched information is well referenced, making it a book that you can trust with a wide range of remedies and treatments that have been tested.

Gustavo Kinrys M.D. has done a great job in putting together what is a comprehensive, easy to follow guide, with a range of alternatives for each proposed kind of treatment. I personally found the book insightful and helpful, exposing me to a number of options, techniques and treatments I would have worked a lot harder to find on my own. That is the value of Conquering your Stress & Fears; it is time saving, organized, easy to consult and simplified without being irresponsible. There is an option for every kind of lifestyle and situation, and this book shows that very well. Not everyone benefits the same way with conventional treatments and sometimes it is an unpleasant trade-off. This book provides other equally viable avenues for the treatment of anxiety and stress. Gustavo Kinrys M.D. has done the hard work so the patients don't have to.

Marta Tandori

In today’s society, many individuals are afflicted with stress and fear in varying degrees. Dr. Gustavo Kinrys provides an insightful guide to managing, and even conquering, these afflictions in Conquering Your Stress & Fears: A Treatment Guide for Anxiety and Trauma-Related Disorders. Prescription medications, while effective, have a wide range of unpleasant side effects. Conquering Your Stress & Fears focuses on managing complex psychological conditions such as fear, stress and anxiety with a practical approach to mitigating psychological conditions using nutrient-based remedies, herbal-based remedies and non-pharmacological treatments. Dr. Kinrys also suggests productive lifestyle changes such as meditation, cognitive behavioral therapy, virtual reality treatment, mindfulness, exercise and other physical activities. There are helpful tables provided throughout the book that summarize the various nutrient-based remedies, herbal-based remedies and non-pharmacological treatments discussed.

The author has taken the sensitive topics of stress, fear and anxiety and has basically demystified them, confirming that all of us are afflicted with these conditions, in varying degrees, at one time or another in our lives. He meticulously discusses the differences between anxiety and an anxiety disorder and provides us with the various signs for an anxiety disorder. Dr. Kinrys also discusses the differences between stress and chronic stress, and the long term effects chronic stress can cause on the body, as well as fear and what happens to the body when it’s gripped by fear. His overview of the various nutrient-based and herbal-based remedies is done in a casual and informative manner that doesn’t intimidate. A reader can’t help but learn. However, it would have been helpful if the author had provided pictorial accompaniment in regard to the various herbal-based remedies he discusses. While most readers will know what chamomile and lavender look like, most readers will not have heard of Rhodiola or Schisandra, let alone know what they look like. Also helpful would have been a list of places where to buy the various herbs. All in all, Conquering Your Stress & Fears provides a concise and insightful guide into looking beyond pharmacological medications in order to manage – and even conquer – our stresses and fears.

Gisela Dixon

Conquering your Stress & Fears: A treatment guide for anxiety and trauma-related disorders by Gustavo Kinrys MD is a medical book on various stress and anxiety related disorders and simple, natural remedies that can be tried to deal with them. Conquering your Stress & Fears is a short book and a fast read, but it does manage to cover a range of therapeutic options to treat anxiety and trauma-related symptoms. The book is organized into chapters that cover various topics such as what is meant by the terms anxiety, fear, and stress, nutrient as well as herbal-based remedies, various therapy treatments which do not involve major prescription medication such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, attention meditation, mindfulness, exercise, relaxation techniques, as well as the fairly new Virtual Reality Treatment or VT treatment, among other things. There is also a list of references provided at the end of the book.

Conquering your Stress & Fears by Gustavo Kinrys MD is a short but helpful book for someone who wants to try natural remedies for anxiety, trauma, or stress related disorders such as Obsessive compulsive disorder, Post-traumatic stress disorder, paranoia, social anxiety, etc. This book and the techniques can be used by both children and adults. The only drawback I felt was that perhaps for severe cases, some of these remedies may not be effective. But that being said, for severe cases, nothing helps sometimes with our current very limited medical knowledge about the mind and its workings. Gustavo writes well and with empathy, which is important when dealing with mental illness and I appreciated that. This is a good book that I would recommend.