Anxiety

 

In this timely book,  Judson Brewer explains how to uproot anxiety at its source using brain-based techniques and small hacks accessible to anyone.

We think of anxiety as everything from mild unease to full-blown panic.  But it’s also what drives the addictive behaviours and bad habits we use to cope (e.g. stress eating, procrastination, doomscrolling and social media).  Plus, anxiety lives in a part of the brain that resists rational thought.  So we get stuck in anxiety habit loops that we can’t think our way out of or use willpower to overcome.  Dr. Brewer teaches us to map our brains to discover our triggers, defuse them with the simple but powerful practice of curiosity,  and to train our brains using mindfulness and other practices that his lab has proven can work.

Distilling more than 20 years of research and hands-on work with thousands of patients,  including Olympic athletes and coaches,  and leaders in government and business,  Dr. Brewer has created a clear,  solution-oriented program that anyone can use to feel better – no matter how anxious they feel.

 

Agoraphobia, characterized by panic and chronic anxiety, often renders its victims incapable of leaving their homes. Goldstein, professor of psychiatry at Temple University,  provides an in depth look at agoraphobia,  its victims,  and their families.  Also outlined is Goldstein’s Agoraphobia and Anxiety Program, which he developed with psychologist, Dianne Chambless.

The multilevel program combines traditional psychotherapy with Gestalt therapy to help clients resolve feelings by understanding them, and exposure therapy,  in which clients return to sites of previous panic attacks.