by Diane VanDyke
In our fast-paced society feeling stressed and anxious has become a way of life for many of us. In his new book, Ten Steps to Relieve Anxiety: Refocus, Relax and Enjoy Life, psychiatrist Dr. H. Michael Zal of Lansdale addresses the topic of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and provides steps for people to regain control of their lives and reduce their symptoms.
Montgomery County Community College invites the community to relax and take a moment to meet Dr. Zal on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Central Campus Bookstore, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, where he will be signing copies of his new book.
During his 43-year career, Dr. Zal noticed an increase of patients with anxiety in his practice. To help these patients, he wrote a 10-step informational sheet, which he later used for the basis of his new book. His book, he says, doesn’t offer a cure but provides tools to manage the anxiety.
Dr. Zal received the Albert Einstein Healthcare Foundation Physicians’ Award for Excellence and the Practitioner of the Year Award from the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society for outstanding character, dedication and commitment to patient care. He is a lecturer, medical writer and editor on mental health topics with numerous published articles to his credit. He won the Eric W. Martin Memorial Award, presented by the American Medical Writers Association, for outstanding writing and the Frances Larson Memorial Award for excellence.
Dr. Zal is currently in private practice and a clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is board certified, a Fellow of the American College of Neurology and Psychiatry and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.