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Classic Ann Landers Columns Advises RI Involvement for Mental Health

Ann Landers was a pen name created by Chicago Sun-Times advice columnist Ruth Crowley in 1943 and taken over by Esther Pauline “Eppie” Lederer in 1955. For 56 years, the Ask Ann Landers syndicated advice column was a regular feature in many newspapers across North America. Due to this popularity, “Ann Landers,” though fictional, became something of a national institution and cultural icon. Her participation in Recovery as both a member and as a champion of the RI Method contributed to a surge in member groups and involvement on a global basis. Thanks to Charlotte Moran for sending this Ann Landers column to her RI friends!


Chicago Tribune’s Ann Landers

Help for anxiety sufferers

Dear Ann Landers: I have some information for the
millions of Americans who suffer from panic

Symptoms may differ greatly. Some people
have difficulty breathing and fear they may choke
to death. Others have palpitations so strong that
they are sure they are having a heart attack.
Nervous symptoms may include dizziness, sweats,
depression, fatigue, headaches, numbness, trem-
ors and difficulty sleeping. Often there is a fear of
being alone or going out in crowds. Some people
are agoraphobic, afraid to leave the house.

Your readers who see themselves in any of the
above descriptions should have a complete physi-
cal examination to rule out health problems. If
the doctor finds nothing wrong, chances are, the
problem is caused by severe anxiety.

This is where Recovery Inc. comes in. The
Recovery method is a system for controlling tem-
peramental behavior and changing attitudes
towards nervous symptoms and fears. The tech-
nique is simple but not easy. Nevertheless, it
really works if the patient learns the method and
applies it.

Recovery, Inc. does not supplant doctors.

As a matter of fact, doctors and Recovery work
well together. Please tell your readers to contact a
chapter of Recovery Inc. in their area if they are
experiencing any of the symptoms listed. It’s in
the phone book. Helplessness is not hopeless-


San Antonio, Texas

Dear Texas: I’ve been a longtime advocate of
Recovery Inc. It’s one of the best self-help
groups afloat, and it’s worldwide. The national
headquarters is in Chicago. If you can’t find
your local chapter, write to: Recovery Inc., 802
N. Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60610. You’ll be glad
you did.

Reprinted with Permission. Appreciation and credit is given to
Ann Landers, Creators Syndicate and The Chicago Tribune.

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