|Publisher:||W W Norton & Co Inc|
|Publish Date:||Aug 2008|
|Number of Pages:||232|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.9|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.0 x 9.25 x 0.75|
|Introduction: What You Can Do About Your Anxious Brain|
|Understanding Your Brain|
|How Your Brain Makes You Anxious|
|Managing Your Brain With Medication|
|Managing the Anxious Body|
|Technique #1: Change Your Intake|
|Technique #2: Breathe|
|Technique #3: Practice Mindfulness With Shifting Awareness|
|Technique #4: Relax|
|Managing the Anxious Mind|
|Technique #5: Stop Catastrophizing|
|Technique #6: Stop Anxious Thoughts|
|Technique #7: Contain Your Worry|
|Technique #8: Talk Yourself Into Changing Behavior|
|Managing Anxious Behavior|
|Technique #9: Control TMA (Too Much Activity)|
|Technique #10: Implement a Plan and Practice|
|Recommended Reading & Resources|
Verdict: This is an accessible, well-written resource for anyone struggling with what can be a debilitation disease. Recommended for all public libraries and for universities supporting the helping professions. Background: Licensed clinical psychologist Wehrenberg (The Anxious Brain) aims to help the estimated 40 million Americans who suffer from anxiety disorders (e.g., panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and social anxiety disorder). Readers are presented with the ten techniques that the author has found work best in controlling and overcoming anxiety.
These straight-forward, doable methods include self-talk, cognitive control, relaxation, and breathing exercises. Tips aside, there is excellent scientific information about how the brain functions in relation to anxiety. Wehrenberg asserts that people with anxiety disorder have the power to change how their brains work without medication.
-Mary E. Jones, Los Angeles P.L.
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Anxiety disorders-grouped into three main categories: panic, generalized anxiety, and social anxiety-are among the most common and pervasive mental health complaints. From the subtlest effect of sweaty palms during a work presentation to the more severe symptom of reclusion, anxiety casts a wide net.
Medication, once considered the treatment of choice, is losing favor as more and more sufferers complain of unpleasant side effects and its temporary, quick-fix nature. Now, thanks to a flood of fresh neurobiology research and insights into the anatomy of the anxious brain, effective, practical strategies have emerged allowing us to manage day-to-day anxiety on our own.
Addressing physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms, Margaret Wehrenberg, a leading mental health clinician, draws on basic brain science to highlight the top ten anxiety-defeating tips. Everything from breathing techniques and mindful awareness to cognitive control and self-talk are included-all guaranteed to evict your anxious thoughts.
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