He is writing about something that matters to him, because he has been a sufferer of anxiety for many years. While Scott discusses his personal feelings and his own personal situation vis-a-vis anxiety, those discussions are not all this book is about. He spent years avidly researching every single facet of dealing with anxiety and shares this knowledge in this great book. This book hits all the important points of coping with anxiety. Stossel discusses the social, neurological, and environmental causes of anxiety as well as many tools and tricks for decreasing the impact of these anxiety triggers.
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He discusses the specific experiences of many people and their anxiety, including but not limited to his own experiences. In one important section he talks quite a bit about pharmaceutical solutions, their side effects and alternate forms of treatment. Some other anxiety books may go deeper into treatments and causes of anxiety.
Some books are more personal and revealing. Some books may have more cutting edge science, being written by leading researchers. But this anxiety book is the one that really hits ALL the bases in its thorough discussion of the topic.
The tools, examples and in depth explanations in this book are down to earth and extremely motivational. Not only are these pages filled with great facts, but it inspires you to go out and make changes in your life. Barry shares a comprehensive guide that draws from his extensive experience helping those who suffer from anxiety and panic attacks.
Based on hard science and over 10 years experience. The DARE technique can be used by everyone. One problem with many self-help books is that they spend too much time preaching their techniques.
They often supply some good material, they make you think… but they do not inspire follow through and action. I am a big believer in taking action and always appreciate books that encourage you, either by design or by inspiration to take the steps they offer and actually put them into action.
This book does that! This book gets right to the heart of the different ways anxiety affects the lives of its sufferers. It gives great detail on what causes people to feel anxiety as well as clear steps to decrease anxiety. They key to this book is in its approach to the material. This book is just more fun than some others. Being interactive and even having things like quizzes to ensure you are truly learning the material and making your learning experience worthwhile.
It has sections dealing with all sorts of emotional issues: anger, focus, anxiety, depression, obsession, lack of focus and memory issues.
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This book is a thorough academic yet practical book about the relationship between our brain patterns and problem-behavior that can help us cure a myriad of mental problems. One of the major differences between this book and others is the stance on using prescription drugs. Many books take a stance against these drugs or at least offer alternatives without drugs, while this book lays out many strong arguments for drugs in some situations and lets the readers know when they should be used and when avoided. Although I am strongly against over medication and I think many are too ready to turn to drugs as a solution to problems, there certainly are times when drugs might be the answer, and I like the balanced approach this book brings to the subject.
If many of these questions sound like they could refer to you, then you may well be a highly sensitive person. These symptoms for an HSP are more than just aspects of your personality. An HSP is just more susceptible to stimulation e. Just because someone has anxiety does not automatically make someone HSP, and all people who are HSP do not necessarily surer from anxiety.
But there is a lot of overlap. The high susceptibility to stimulation often means that an HSP will feel anxious and overwhelmed in social situations. Due to this fact it is important to understand yourself and know whether you need to treat common anxiety or just balance your life effectively to not get overwhelmed.
In this excellent book on dealing with anxiety psychologist Catherine Pittman offers a unique, evidence-based solution to overcoming anxiety based in cutting-edge neuroscience and research. Discover how the amygdala and cortex are keys to the neuropsychology of anxiety, and what you can actually do to control these feelings where they start —your brain. Personally I have read books like this before. It is a useful and well written book, but it does not really break any new ground or have a unique perspective.
What it does well is cover the complete causes of anxiety in the brain and give an idea about how we can all make habit and life changes and deal with it.
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Earlier I mentioned a book that openly discussed prescription medications as possible cures to many anxiety disorders. This book is the opposite of that previous choice. To be completely honest, I am a bit of a traditionalist. I still have bad days, but at least now I have a strategy. The CBT taught her to challenge the voices in her head.
Someone would speak to me, and instead of listening to what they were saying, all I could think was: I need to get out of here or I'll make a fool of myself. Her therapist taught her to write down these thoughts and then to identify her thinking errors — for instance, the way she is prone to catastrophise, always jumping in her mind straight to the worst possible scenario.
Would a scientist accept this way of thinking? Would a judge? Where's the evidence? It's great. It's always in your bag; you don't have the embarrassment of getting out a pen and paper. I've also got distraction techniques that I use, especially at night. I'll go through all the names of the characters in Sex and the City. It gets me off the track of circular thoughts.
Where does Claire believe her anxiety comes from? She isn't sure — though, like Freud, she defines her anxiety as a threat that is objectless, and located in the future — such as ruination or humiliation unlike fear, which is a response to a specific and immediate threat to one's safety.
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There is no history of panic attacks in her family, and she had a happy childhood she grew up in Bolton. The first thing I remember was that all of a sudden, if anyone spoke to me, I would start blushing really badly. Then I started getting tremors, and that was when I went to the doctor. The doctor told me straight away that it was anxiety, but that there was nothing to be done about it, and that I would grow out of it.
But in my first year at university, it started getting worse. That was when the overthinking started, the racing thoughts. Bad insomnia, lots of headaches, nausea. I was really emotional and unhappy. Again, I went to the doctor. He prescribed Sertraline, and then I just got on with it. When I got my job in publishing, I really wanted to do it.
But it was a massive change. I was able to work, but I used to take weeks off, though I never said why. I think now that it's change that triggers it. Even now, it doesn't matter that I've got two degrees — I still think I'm stupid. It has been great, she says, coming clean to her employer — everyone has been so supportive.
She feels liberated. Hiding her "craziness" was becoming more exhausting than the anxiety itself. So can she envisage a time when her anxiety will belong only to the past? Not exactly. I can't believe what I used to put up with. But it will always be there somewhere. What if it comes back? That's my worry now. I call it the tiger. It pounces on you when you least expect it, and it's so hard to shake off. If she has a cold, or a hangover, she can feel her anxiety lurking.
It waits, looking out for an opening, for some small chink in the defences she has built up so very carefully. As the American journalist Daniel Smith points out in Monkey Mind , an anxiety memoir that went on to become a New York Times bestseller, Freud wrote a book about it 90 years ago The Problem of Anxiety , and Kierkegaard 80 years before him The Concept of Anxiety , and Spinoza was the father of them both it was in the 17th century that the Dutch philosopher noted our enslavement to what he called "dread".
W hy do so many people these days seem so stressed out and anxious? Some definitions may help here.
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In most everyday contexts, when the external pressure stops, so does the stress. Persistent and chronic stress requires a different approach. And one main reason it surged from onwards was a concerted media push by GlaxoSmithKline, after it received US approval to market its antidepressant Paxil Seroxat in the UK in the treatment of anxiety. You saw a predator and felt a surge of anxiety, which motivated you to evade it.
Or you felt dangerously hungry, and anxiety focused your attention on quickly finding food. Once the threat was resolved, the anxiety would evaporate.