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Rewire Your Anxious Brain

How to Use the Neuroscience of Fear to End Anxiety, Panic, and Worry
Narrated by: Susannah Mars
Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
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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 this audiobook you will learn how the amygdala and cortex (both important parts of the brain) are essential players in the neuropsychology of anxiety. The amygdala acts as a primal response, and oftentimes, when this part of the brain processes fear, you may not even understand why you are afraid. By comparison the cortex is the center of worry - that is, obsessing, ruminating, and dwelling on things that may or may not happen.

Pittman and Karle offer simple, specific examples of how to manage fear by tapping in to both of these pathways in the brain. As you listen, you'll gain a greater understanding of how anxiety is created in the brain, and as a result you will feel empowered and motivated to overcome it.

The brain is a powerful tool, and the more you work to change the way you respond to fear, the more resilient you will become. Using the practical self-assessments and proven-effective techniques in this book, you will learn to literally "rewire" the brain processes that lie at the root of your fears.

©2015 Catherine M. Pittman & Elizabeth M. Karle (P)2015 Wetware Media

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The science in this book is very helpful

Excellent information, if you're looking for a science based approach to managing your anxiety problem I highly recommend this. I've read and enjoyed my share of spirituality based books to help with my anxiety, but this one really clicked for me in a way the other books could not. Knowing that my Amygdala is actually producing symptoms that I must allow to pass during a panic attack actually helps reassure me, I'm not crazy. I'm also not having a heart attack, just a panic attack, and this book really helped calm that fear in me.

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Life Changing

I have been struggling with anxiety for many years and always felt 'crazy' because of it. This book really changed the way that I looked at and treated anxiety. In knowing the certain processes that happen within the mind during moments of anxiety I was able to more easily identify what type of anxiety attack I was having and how to better cope with it! Thank you so much for writing this book it truly changed my life. I highly recommend this to those that are interested in learning about the physical components of anxiety. The explanations of each part of the brain in this book are thorough, so if you have an open mind and are willing to learn a little about anatomy then it's a fairly easy listen! :D

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Loved it.

I loved her this book explain the physiological reasons for anxiety as well as suggesting coping mechanisms. There is some great content in this book. As with all self-help books it won't simply make your problems go away however it will help you develop strategies to deal with them.

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all you need is hard work

good book gives logic to the ilogic.... but as any other book in anxiety.... you need to work hard to get there! relief won't fall in your lap.... don't be discouraged.... it will pass ... just some of the terminology might sound to complicated... but overall is a good of many tools that will help you to get out of the hole.

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wish there was more focus on exercises

I found it really helpful to know the whys of my anxiety, but I felt like the exercises were glossed over rather than being fully explained like the rest of the text.

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amazingly helpful

absolutely fantastic. addressed the major mental health problems of myself and all my friends. highly recommended

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most boring book ever

terrible and boring waste of money waste of timevery dissatisfied no t for the average person boring

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Great book to learn about anxiety making thoughts

A great book to learn about main sources of anxiety and useful tips to avoid them and to rewire brain circuts. It needs to be accompanied by self-practice or group therapy for maximum effect. I personally enjoyed the book...

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Great Read - Helpful

I recently discovered I suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Before I found out and was dealing with allot of stress, panic attacks and anxiety attacks I started reading this book and it helped to calm me. I recommend this book for anyone who suffers from GAD or panic attacks or having a hard time managing anxious feelings. It gives you a clear understanding of where it stems and helps in understating and reducing your own anxiety. Keep in my it isn’t a fix all, but helps to give me peace. Hope it does for you too.

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informative and insightful

this book has a lot of useful and helpful information for learning about anxiety and how to treat it.

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  • 2018-03-20

Extremely helpful book

This book is a really good tool on understanding the way your brain functions to help you manage anxiety. I went threw two suicides three weeks apart with people extremely close to me. This book has really helped to understand why you feel helpless sometimes like you can't control your reactions and emotions but gives you the tools on how this works so you can gain control again and manage your life.

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  • kayla hall
  • 2018-01-02

this book covers all you need to take some control

I listened to this book twice and feel so much more in control of anxiety.

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  • Susana
  • 2017-06-21

Excelent!

I liked this book a lot! Most anxiety books only focus on one type of treatment for anxiety, promoting it as the only way to cure it. This book has a much more ample and better explained and sustained ways to cope with anxiety.

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  • Deborah Jacob
  • 2018-04-13

A Useful Tool for Dealing with Anxiety

Although I found I would have liked a little less scientific discussion, on a whole this book proved quite useful for understanding how the brain manufactures anxiety. Better yet, this book offers useful exercises in measuring your anxiety and dealing with solutions. A most helpful read that provides a better understanding of neuroplasticity and how to make it work in your favor.

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  • rebekah higgins
  • 2020-01-31

Accurate info, well explained

but nothing new here and certainly will not END your anxiety, even the book will say things like manage and accept. It is a huge amount of Cognitive Behavioral Monitoring and massive amounts of work to do on your own. Lot's of recommendations for therapy. Why sell a book that claims to rewire your brain and end anxiety when it doesn't? Mediate, watch your thoughts, journal, exercise, eat right sound familiar. Good basic advice you can get for free from your auntie or the internet. Explaining the difference between limbic/amygdala anxiety and cortex anxiety, while interesting doesn't really help much. Just my opinion. I truly hope others have success.

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  • TanyaS
  • 2017-06-28

Helpful

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I found this book well structured, to the point, and helpful.

I loved that the author didn't try to treat anxiety with a cookie-cutter approach, one fits all. When it comes to anxiety, one definitely doesn't fit all.

Through short quizzes, to which you can easily give mental answers while listening to the audio book, the author helps you pinpoint what you are experiencing, names it, and gives you strategies specific to the type of anxiety you might have. I found that knowing the origin of my anxieties, putting a name to them, and knowing at least 2-3 strategies for each, is very helpful.

In fact, I'm about to purchase a book in print, in order to bookmark and reference it.

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  • Omzig
  • 2018-06-28

A Must Have for Anyone Suffering from Anxiety

this book had been a life saver for me so far. the narrator's voice is calming and easy to listen to. these tools and understanding what's happening in the brain had helped me do much with anxiety and panic attacks.

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  • Shannon Dye
  • 2017-08-24

Great book

I love that this book explained where my anxiety is coming from. Mine is amygdala-based. I'm really excited to start working on my social anxiety. I recommend this book for anybody struggling with anxiety. No matter what kind it is.

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  • dave galloway
  • 2017-03-21

Quite Practical

What made the experience of listening to Rewire Your Anxious Brain the most enjoyable?

I found that a number of the exercises very helpful.

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I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to understand how Anxiety works and what can be done to have some self mastery over it. Easy to follow and easy to understand.

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  • Alex&Tabitha
  • 2017-08-13

Great tool for understanding and combating anxiety

Very helpful, educational, and informative. By understanding the science and biological/physiological causes/effects behind the different forms of anxiety, it is easier to see why anxiety happens and how to lessen it.

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  • Justin
  • 2019-09-29

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Good book to work on one's anxiety level but chapter aren't identified at corresponding times, such a shame...