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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
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Published January 2nd 2015 by New Harbinger Publications
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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
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
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
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
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....
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
Tara Pradko
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
Yuliya Yurchuk
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Кетрін Піттман і Елізабет Карл зібрали багато різноманітних досліджень про тривожні стани, панічні атаки, фобії, обсесивну поведінку, переживання, опрацювали все це, а потім дуже докладно (проте також в дуже доступній формі, з картинками схемами і т.д.) про все це розказали, а також написали покрокові “інструкції”, як можна працювати з цими станами і як можна “переписати” мозок так, щоб він перестав вас мучити.

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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.
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, i-own
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
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.
John Wood
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am always skeptical of any self-help book but this does seem to offer some useful strategies. The extent of personal success depends on ongoing commitment but there is plenty of helpful strategies and many exercises to assess your strengths and areas of opportunity. There is plenty of information on the physiology, including brain structure and function, though fairly easy to understand, somewhat repetitive. There is mention of a web link throughout the book couple with a statement saying that ...more
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book has some very helpful advice on how to deal with anxiety and other thinking-related issues like panic attacks etc. You re-learn what PMS and EMS are. There was probably a bit too much explanatory stuff (which I actually liked) but it did get a bit repetitive at times. It is easy to find the help and advice sections using the index but not so easy with an Audible book. Suggest if you are reading the book using Audible that you bookmark the parts that you think are most useful. Overall a ...more
Lindsay Miraglia
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I haven't finished the book yet, but already I'd give this book 5 stars. I have the type of anxiety that makes every single day hard to get through because I spend most of my time fighting my anxiety. I'm on medication, but that only reduces the number of panic attacks I get. This book was the first thing that helped me learn how to get a control over anxiety. When I started feeling a panic attack coming on, I used the techniques the book taught me, and for the first time ever, I was able to sto ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
An excellent book that I'd recommend to anyone looking to understand as well as address their anxiety. I would only suggest that you stick with it through the early chapters, as it falls into the common non-fiction trap of being quite repetitious. The later chapters are much more concise, and overall it's written in very easy to understand language. It's refreshing to read a self-help book that explains the science behind anxiety, and tailors it's advice based on your biological tendencies.
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Heavy on the neuroscience aspect and brain function which I personally enjoy, however this may not be for everyone. There is bonus information and a bonus chapter online- however I would have preferred that the chapter just be added to the book because I'm not likely to read it on the computer. Overall, good information and good suggestions for addressing anxiety caused by many different situations.
Chris Shepheard
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book certainly makes you think about what is causing your anxiety... and that's exactly what it is supposed to do. Obviously the more actively you follow the recommendations the more effect it will have on you but even just reading the book helped me understand more what my brain is actually doing.
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

They book is easy to understand for the lay person, but also explains the current brain science well. Both educational and practical. Well written, lots of exercises, examples and good explanations. Recommended to me by a psychologist friend when I had a series of panic attacks. Definitely trying some of the things from the book.
Chelsea Cameron-Fikis
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
A really great read if you’re like me in that you a) suffer from some form of anxiety and b) are the type of person who always wants to know the whys and hows to everything. This book explains all of the science behind anxiety, and provides some really great insights and skills on how to take control of your mental health!
May 29, 2018 rated it liked it
So hard to stay focused with but it taught things I need to learn. Bought the book, then the audio book. Now that I have a basic understanding of the information from the audio book I'll read this at least one more time.
Prashant Kargeti
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: mindfulness
Rewire Your Anxious Brain is not a simple self help book explaining how to reduce anxiety but it educates about whole neuroscience behind anxiety. Despite dealing with complex neuroscience and brain structure it's easy to read and understand. Highly Recommended !!
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very interesting read. Some great tips and tricks. With solid science behind it.
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“Thanks to the influence of your cortex, you can decide not to physically fight your boss if you feel you’re in danger of being fired, or choose not to run away when you hear exploding fireworks.” 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.” 1 likes
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