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  1. Hallo;

    I found your beautiful book and I must say that it has a sense and that i basic what I heard from some people and psychologist that person with acrophobia mus do.But I have little bit different agoraphobia. My acrophobia started because I have heart sickness and i got arrhythmia when I was outside of house and needed to rush in er and take medicals. Since that happen I am in fear. I wanted to try your method but my problem is that I cannot just let my panic come because I always develop a dangerous arrhythmia together with my panic and I could really die from that. So this exposure therapy is bit dangerous for me.:-(
    I really hop you can help me somehow!

  2. Hi Bob,
    Thanks for making contact.

    “I sent you an invitation on LinkedIn. I just came to your new website, so you can ignore my LinkedIn invitation if you want to.”
    Sorry about that, I am trying to keep LinkedIn only for business contacts.

    “I have suffered from agoraphobia for many years.”
    I am sorry to hear this. It is so unnecessary.

    “realizing that the safe zone is a myth. I would like to feel and believe that my safe zone is me.”
    GREAT! That conclusion and thinking is key to your recovery. I will quote you to those that I am supporting. Very nicely put!

    “I have also been using the Panic Away system by Barry McDonagh. Are you familiar with this program?”
    I looked at it and he has done a great job of explaining how to recover. I plan to support and tell sufferers about him.

    ” I have driven to a few places(just slightly out of my immediate safe) where I would get a panic attack and have asked for more of it and it never increases.”

    “I also find that I knock myself down after I have gone somewhere, but I tell myself that I am proud of what I did.”
    Keep that up.

    “I plan to finish your book in the next two days I really do want to end this phobia and I know it will take dedication and action.”
    Contact me if you need support. I will help anyone who is actively trying, as you are.

    ” I am not really sure I am helping myself by doing a minimum of driving places”
    You are. Even if you are not doing any driving and only sitting on your couch practicing “right action readiness”, you are helping yourself.

    If you keep up with the attitude that you clearly have, and continue taking the kind of action that you have already taken, then there can only be one outcome: You WILL recover.

    Keep in touch. I am eager to hear about how you are succeeding.


  3. I just wanted to write to say thank you so much for this book. I just happened to stumble upon it one day while online searching for help for this terrible illness. I have been suffering with panic disorder and agoraphobia for the last 10 years. It has been the hardest thing I have ever gone through and I have been desperately searching for answers on how to help or cure myself…I want my life back! Since the moment I started reading your book I have found a sense of hope again. I want to try again and the deep depression and struggle seems to have lightened. Your book is a blessing and I would like to thank you for taking the time to share your story and the method you used to recover. I have already started “practicing ” and plan to do more. I only hope that I can have the strength to do what you did and fully recover from this horrible problem. Again, thank you a million times over. Your words are like reading a book about myself!

    • I am very happy to hear that the book has helped you Jessica. Please keep us up to date on your progress.

  4. Hi Marius,

    Thank you so much for sharing your experiences and for making your book available through your website.

    I suffered from panic attacks and agoraphobia for 2 years, during which time I became so isolated that couldn’t honestly see my life ever improving. I tried a number of different treatments (antidepressants, counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy) with only limited results. At the age of 32 I felt like my life was over. Until one day I happened to stumble upon a forum post that listed two names: Claire Weekes and Marius Smook.

    A year on and my life has changed dramatically for the better. After years of isolation and fear I am again able to enjoy myself, reconnect with friends and travel. It feels like I have rejoined the land of the living! And that is thanks to you. The practical advice and personal experiences you share in your book were exactly what I needed to take those first steps towards recovery. I’ve still got work to do, but I’m confident that one day I will be my old self again – maybe even better!

    Thank you once again.

    Best wishes,

    Once a

    • Hi Byron,
      I am so glad to hear about the strides that you have taken in your recovery. Thank you for your kind words, and also for your generous donation and support for this website. Please keeps us all posted about your progress.

  5. Hi Marius,
    Firstly I would like to congratulate and sincerely thank you for writing this ebook, I have only just commenced reading, but so far it seems to be exactly what I have been searching for. Thank you so much for your efforts in putting this out there to help others, it’s amazing. So my question is, how do I find a practitioner in my area, I have not been able to access the list of practitioners for some reason. I am from Australia, I live near Brisbane in Queensland, any information on a suggested practitioner would be greatly appreciated. Thanking you


    • Hi Sue,
      I am glad that the book is helpful to you. Unfortunately I do not yet know of a practitioner in your area that uses the Weekes method.
      Please get all of Dr. Weekes books and read them, especially Peace From Nervous Suffering. That book was my bible and I have never looked back.

  6. Hi 🙂
    I too have also ‘stumbled’ across your online book & have read it twice in full as well as bits & pieces each day. For the first time in 17 years I feel like I CAN & WILL recover from my panic disorder with agoraphobia. You are a wonderful man for sharing your story as well as this info. I too am in Australia & for all the years I have suffered & struggled, not one GP or counsellor has mentioned Dr Weekes method which I find really odd considering she is an Aussie. There seems to be no help available to people with agoraphobia (in my part of Australia anyway) & believe me, Ive tried. Desperately tried.My question to you Marius is this, how did you deal with your physical symptoms when they occured in public whether it was walking or on public transport? This is my BIGGEST fear/issue/block that I have. I run away when I feel my body going silly because I dont want people to see me hold my chest or flap my arms like a bird (lol) trying to make the feelings go away. I have never driven so walking is my only out. Do I just stop on the spot & ride it out or am I suppose to keep walking while it’s happening?

    Many, many sincere thanks.


  7. Wow! Un-freaking-believable! I have been suffering for over 20 years. Not complete agoraphobia, but anxiety about confined places… primarily airplanes, churches, etc. Thought I had researched every conceivable mechanism. For the last ten years, have relied on medication, which works just fine. But the trepidation and anticipation of the event would still haunt me. Don’t know how I stumbled on your book OR how I had not stumbled upon it earlier. But what a difference! Literally, in a matter of weeks I have improved dramatically. I visit the book almost daily and it is unbelievable how the simple process of floating and accepting the discomfort makes it go away. Most all my normal trap settings have been conquered. I’ve not yet had the opportunity for a plane ride, but at least I am not dreading it or living in fear of it!! I did have an unexpected relapse at the dentist of all places, but was able to focus and drift and recovered quickly. Hoping to take on Dr Weekes book(s) for summer reading; but really just wanted to bellow a huge thank you and God bless!

  8. Hello Mr. Smook,
    I was an agoraphobic for 2 yrs, and dealt with panic attacks and anxiety for much longer than that. I was able to manage to get around a 2 mile radius after 1 yr of suffering but with many setbacks. Recently I came across your ebook online, as I was looking for answers and help with my illness. Your ebook has changed my whole outlook on agoraphobia and panic attacks, and has changed my life for the better. I have been able to travel 1-2 hrs. away from home with little to no problem. What an accomplishment in my part. I am eternally grateful for your book. It was exactly what I needed to get the answers to all my questions and gave me all the information that I needed to move forward in a positive way. I have used your techniques (Dr. Weekes method) and have been on my way to successfully recover from this illness and I am never looking back. I will forever be grateful for your generous help with providing me all the knowledge that I needed to educate me and push me on my way to recovery. Everything that I needed to succeed is provided in your ebook.
    Thank you and I greatly appreciate you!

    • You are most welcome OAG. It is for successes like yours that I do this and you are great encouragement to those who are still in the process of recovering.
      Thank you,