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Rewire Your Anxious Brain: How to Use the Neuroscience of Fear to End Anxiety, Panic, and Worry

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Do you ever wonder what is happening inside your brain when you feel anxious, panicked, and worried? In Rewire Your Anxious Brain, psychologist Catherine Pittman and author Elizabeth Karle offer a unique, evidence-based solution to overcoming anxiety based in cutting-edge neuroscience and research.
In the book, you will learn how the amygdala and cortex (both important par
Paperback, 232 pages
Published January 2nd 2015 by New Harbinger Publications
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Dan The book in itself no, but it helps understanding what is going on with anxiety and what one can do. For help is you that has to do the doing, the boo…moreThe book in itself no, but it helps understanding what is going on with anxiety and what one can do. For help is you that has to do the doing, the book wont do it for you, don't expect to read and all of a sudden anxiety is gone without you doing the efforts.
Try also DBT, CBT. These are simple techniques, so simple that you may think how ridiculous can be to believe such things can help (it happened to me, I was extremely skeptic).
But they do work. It is just very hard to persevere and do the exercises and homework constantly.(less)

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Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I didn't read this from cover to cover, as I've read other books like it before. My main interest was in seeing how solid the scientific basis of this is -- one of the authors has a PhD, but I could have a PhD in literature, which would by no means qualify me to speak on neuroscience -- and how helpful I thought it might be for other people who end up in the same position I've been in. The good news is, from my knowledge of science and my intimate knowledge of anxiety disorders, there's a lot he ...more
Daniel Aguilar
I found great relief from reading (actually listening to, since I got the audio version) this book. Very recently I suffered, out of the blue, a few episodes of what I thought was some serious condition (I don't mean to underestimate anxiety disorders, which can actually be very serious and debilitating). I feared something was wrong with my heart or my brain. When I finally visited the doctor (doctors, actually, as I was checked by 3 different ones) I found out something I wasn't expecting at a ...more
Lubinka Dimitrova
In a clearly written and simple (but not simplistic) way this book presents and thoroughly explains the role of the amygdala in causing anxiety. Nothing superfluous, but on the contrary, the book offers very practical advice and succinct techniques to re-train one's anxious mind and overcome crippling reactions of the mind, which could immensely improve the lives of many who suffer from anxiety. Knowledge is power. When we understand the way our body functions, we are able to take control over m ...more
John Martin
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's science

Anxiety seems to be on the rise. This book will give you an insight into why, and explain how to tackle it, often with professional help. It's not woo-woo; it's science.
Nov 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Much of this review to me. If you've been in treatment for anxiety, done CBT or DBT this will mostly be review. Exercise and sleep reduces anxiety as we know. Also CBT, mindfulness and medication can help. "Exercise produces a protein that promotes the growth of neurons in the brain, particularly in cortex and hippocampus."

Two types of anxiety: amygdala-based and cortex-basedI may have heard this before but can't recall so new information to me. Amygdala is responsible for the flight or fight re
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a very useful and informative book. The book is pitched to well-read, intelligent laypeople and explains the neurobiology and the underlying research in a clear, concise and comprehendible fashion. After reading this book, the reader will understand the mechanisms of anxiety very well.

Dr. Pittman and Ms. Karle cover treatments, which the typical anxious person can do on his own, and more in depth treatments which require professional help. The authors are very clear about when someone su
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you are looking for a book that is just going to provide strategies for how to overcome anxiety, this is probably not the book for you. However, if you are interested in both the neuroscience behind stress and anxiety and learning techniques to cope with those responses, then this is an excellent volume to read. Personally, I agree with the authors that it is often easier to overcome stress when you actually know and understand what is happening to your brain, and how it can manifest itself i ...more
Jan 11, 2015 marked it as to-read
This has the potential to literally change my life. If so, the author is a magician. Let's seeee....
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Dan by: Carina Treitl
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This is a longer than usual review, hoping my personal experience will help others.
“A half-truth is even more dangerous than a lie. A lie, you can detect at some stage, but half a truth is sure to mislead you for long.”
― Anurag Shourie, Half A Shadow
"Learning is not wrong. What we learn may be"
Logic is my modus operandi. As such many times I have tendency to focus not as much on what is but rather on why is.
However, logic needs at least 3 preconditions in order to produce valid answers to a
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-help
Almost every one of us feels anxiety from time to time. The frequency varies from person to person; and sometimes there are several cases of people who are anxious every day for as long as they can remember. Now the question is: How can we deal with it?

This new book Rewiring Your Anxious Brain by Catherine Pittman and Elizabeth Karle offers us scientific insights as to what happens in our brain when we get anxious. The authors presented a very easy to understand case on how our cortex and amygda
Andreea Obreja
Useful, although I didn't pay much attention to it. I didn't write down or try techniques but they sound like they should work. I might reread it some day. Unfortunately my style of learning is using many sources, not paying attention to any of them and hoping the main points stick. But you will surely get better results if you're not like this.
The main idea I got (at least by the end) is that anxiety comes from our own thoughts about how things might go and the brain doesn't know the differenc
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own, audiobook
I got this on audible audiobook after discovering my library has more of the popular audio-book stuff available. And it was an Audible suggestion… wait… how did they know I’m anxious?
[Only a little bit joking.]

The narrator is very like an autobot and it took me some time to get used to that.
It comes with a lot of caveats, naturally. If you need professional help or medication, please get it. It also starts with suggesting better sleep, exercise and the usual cures.
A lot of the idea here
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Incredibly helpful and easy to read. Highly recommend
Erika Provenzano
Aug 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was excellent. It really put anxiety into perspective and gave me a whole other side to consider when trying to work through anxiety. It wasn't filled with scientific jargon but rather the authors explained everything really well so non-scientific minds could grasp the concepts. They gave a really great breakdown of how each part of the brain functions during panic attacks and anxious episodes. If you suffer from anxiety, I highly recommend this book.
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was and will continue to be incredibly useful to me as I attempt to live an anxiety-resistant life. The authors clearly explain the brain chemistry behind anxiety and offer practical ways to address it. I highly recommend it to anyone who suffers from an anxiety disorder (to be used along with a doctor and therapist, of course).
Steve Woods
This is a useful introduction to the Gordian knot of a life lived in the grip of anxiety. For those who have never experienced anxiety to a debilitating level ( be patent our culture is pushing us all there) the difficulties that sometimes just accompany a days journey are incomprehensible. The approach taken in this book is based on a medical model and therefore in my view suffers from inherent limitations. Namely, the basic assumptions upon which we in the western world live our lives. The def ...more
Heena Rathore P.
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rewire Your Anxious Brain by Catherine M. Pittman is an extremely informative book on the wiring of the human brain and the parts responsible for anxiety in the humans. The writing was really good and it presented complex ideas and functionalities in a very clear and simple way which was very easy to grasp.

The techniques to control anxiety given in this book are pretty effective and I'm really glad I read this book. If you suffer from anxiety, or know someone who does, or generally have an inter
Sarah ~Goddessofthestory~
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone struggling with Anxiety
This was exactly the book I needed to help me understand my anxiety and my brain. I have been feeling so out-of-control, not understanding what has been happening to me. This book gave me the science... the facts... the truth about our brains and how anxiety affects our lifes. Brilliant. most self-help books focus on the cortex and how to 'think' yourself out of anxiety. But, this book really lays out the neuroscience behind anxiety which is what I needed to get a grasp on what I have been strug ...more
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: have-audiobook
Great combination of overview, scientific information, and practice analysis, advice, and exercises. Doesn't delve too deeply into a lot of methods presented, but provides a good map over strategies for further investigation (especially since it provides a way to analyze which practices are best to pursue given the source/type of anxiety since it varies person-to-person).
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
The tips it offers are simple. Often things you've already been told. But the book helps to explain why the anxiety is happening in the first place, which helps you use the methods of handling it more effectively and understand why they work.
Maria Popescu
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: english
Useful information but sometimes too repetitive.
Sep 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: psychology
Great book with great info. Super repetitive however, and not necessarily in the way you'd think but it's like the book is constantly marketing itself. Instead of an overview of the book in the first chapter, it's like the book is giving overviews throughout the book. "As you'll see in chapter X" is repeated about a million times (more or less).

5 stars for material, with a 2 star deduction for wasting my time with useless repetition.
Pooja Kashyap
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: neuroscience
Everything starts in the brain and how it functions, is still a topic of discussion for many researchers. In the past I read a couple of books on brain but I personally feel Rewire Your Anxious Brain: How to Use the Neuroscience of Fear to End Anxiety, Panic, and Worry by Catherine M. Pittman and Elizabeth M. Karle is near to what I have been looking for.

Although, I was expecting a chapter on alternative therapies like Yoga and Acupressure nevertheless, the book is rich with practical advice and
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reallllly needed this.
Michaela Osiecki
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone with anxiety
It took me a while to get through this book. I picked it up and got about halfway through it before I got kind of muddled up in all the brain terminology, but now that I'm less stressed out and more focused these days, I made a conscious effort to finish this book.

The first half introduces us to the areas of the brain that create anxiety - namely the cortex and the amygdala, how that works, and what it actually does to your body. The second half offers up some techniques for calming anxiety crea
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley.

Of all the mental health issues I've read up on, anxiety hasn't been one of them, until this book. I thought that this was a really great overview of how the cortex and the amygdala affect anxiety, with ways to control both. Sometimes self improvement/mental health books can be overwhelming tomes, but I think that this book is a really great first step for someone suffering from anxiety. While at times I felt like there could have been MORE
Pam Thomas
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Its about stress debilitates and erodes the electrodes in your brain, how to repair the damage caused by stress and stimulate growth, make new connections, the higher brain and epxend the brains capacity to function again.
Mar 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, science
[3.5 stars]

Very detailed, yet simple, insights to the neuroscience behind anxiety. Aided with many easy exercises, this is a great read to help with people who experience anxiety.
Becky Waters
Sep 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Good read with some valuable info.
Janet Catherina
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
An excellent explanation of what goes on in your brain but short on any strategies of how to actually rewire your brain.
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“the brain is hardwired to allow the amygdala to seize control in times of danger. And because of this wiring, it’s difficult to directly use reason-based thought processes arising in the higher levels of the cortex to control amygdala-based anxiety. You may have already recognized that your anxiety often doesn’t make sense to your cortex, and that your cortex can’t just reason it away.” 2 likes
“Anxiety is a complex emotional response that’s similar to fear. Both arise from similar brain processes and cause similar physiological and behavioral reactions; both originate in portions of the brain designed to help all animals deal with danger. Fear and anxiety differ, however, in that fear is typically associated with a clear, present, and identifiable threat, whereas anxiety occurs in the absence of immediate peril.” 2 likes
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