The Anxious Brain: The Neurobiological Basis of Anxiety Disorders and how to Effectively Treat Them

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2007 - Psychology - 274 pages
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These insights in the brain underlying mental phenomena put anxiety into a perspective that makes it easier to become calm, and provides the bases for effective intervention with thought exercises, breathing techniques, and behavioral adaptations.

The Anxious Brain is a timely clinical guide. Current statistics show that up to one-third of Americans suffers a panic attack during their lifetime and up to eight percent is currently suffering from one of the anxiety disorders. Medication, once considered the first line of treatment, is losing public favor as clients realize their symptoms re-emerge when they stop using the drugs. However, our increasing understanding of the brain offers clinicians and clients a new and expanding set of resources that include but go well beyond pharmacological treatments.

Wehrenberg and Prinz describe brain structure and function and neurotransmitter activity related to the three major anxiety disorders in a way that psychotherapists can better understand, diagnose, and effectively treat anxiety disorders. Rich in neurophysiological diagrams and practical exercises that target the activity of specific neurological mechanisms, this book shows us how to take control of our brains to alleviate various anxiety disorders.
  

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Best book I have ever read on the neurobiological basis of anxiety and panic attacks. I highly recommend if you or a family member struggles from any form of anxiety. Read full review

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User Review  - Cathy Gulkin - Goodreads

As someone who suffers from GAD and Panic Disorder, I've done a lot of reading on this subject and this is one of the most comprehensive books I have come across. It also has the best balance between ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Physical Brain and the Mind of Anxiety
19
Messengers of the Brain
37
Mindless Fear
53
Treating Panic Disorder
72
Medicating for Panic Disorder
95
Worry Without Reason
116
Treating Generalized Anxiety Disorder
134
Medicating for Generalized Anxiety Disorder
173
Fear of Exposure
189
Treating Social Anxiety Disorder
201
Medicating for Social Anxiety Disorder
235
Suggested Reading
248
References
255
Index
265
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About the author (2007)

Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist in private practice and a popular public speaker. She is the author of The Anxious Brain, The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques, and The 10 Best-Ever Depression Management Techniques. She lives in St. Charles, Missouri.

Steven M. Prinz, M.D., is a psychiatrist and Medical Director at Linden Oaks Hospital, Napierville, Illinois.

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