Hal Mathew was born and raised in Billings, MT. He began his writing and editing career at The Billings Gazette. Despite being plagued by panic disorder and agoraphobia, his journalism career included several other newspapers and a wire service. With UN-AGORAPHOBIC he has created a way for those suffering with continual anxiety and panic attacks to reclaim their lives.
Using his own experience and what he's learned in support groups and counseling sessions, journalist Mathew sets out to assist victims of agoraphobia overcome their panic attacks and anxiety. After giving basic information about the condition, he proposes a highly structured hourbyhour plan for each day, which entails journaling, performing relaxation exercises, learning a new skill, and rewiring one's brain. The author's advice on seeking help from therapists and lawyers as well as dealing with partners and bosses rounds out the text. VERDICT: Mathew not only delivers assurance to those suffering from panic attacks and agoraphobia but provides a way through difficult situations. --Deborah Bigelow, Library Journal-- "Reviews"