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Retraining the Brain: A 45-Day Plan to Conquer Stress and Anxiety
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126 of 142 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2010
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Two years ago, I went from being a high-functioning adult, to a person who cried all day long and could not focus, and was experiencing crippling stress. I didn't even know I was sick at first. I could not add two numbers together even with the help of Excel. I was a professional with a secure (but stressful, unpleasant-type)job. Eventually I had to resign and start my own business, one of a very different nature, and so I have had much improvement.

During this time, I bought this book (here named "Retraining the Brain") then titled "The Stress Answer" by this author, and it offered a possible explanation for what I was experiencing, in a severe form. Basically, some of your brain waves in one of the frontal lobes of your brain start increasing, while the rest of the brain is keeping normal pace. This causes what he calls a "stress storm." The author suggests it is because we unknowingly create this pattern by our repeated responses to a particular situation. Before we know it, they have become automatic and once the brain waves get going, there's not much you can do. But you can train yourself to respond differently to the situations, and eventually train yourself/your brain to make the new response automatic. The old response is not gone, it just falls by the wayside, because the new response takes over.

While I have not tried many of the exercises (because they take discipline & focus, which is part of what is lacking in me at present), they seemed to offer the only hope I had. No doctor has really offered an answer, except to say my sudden illness is probably anxiety. I did have several life-altering things happen prior to the onset of the problem. My doctor has me on medication that really helps, after trying several different things. But my goal is to get off of medication at some point. The book makes the possibility look very promising.

Back to the book. I did try one of the techniques, playing songs that had the kind of rhythm the book suggests, that will affect the "speeded up" alpha waves that are causing the problem. This has been a successful technique. I would suggest the song, "Oh My Lord, What a Morning" by Mahalia Jackson. So far, that has been the best song of all for me.

What upsets me about this new version of the old publication, is that it is exactly the same book, and if you blow the picture up closely, you will see at the bottom left in light gray, "previously published as The Stress answer."

So I bought the same book twice. Shame on whoever allowed that to happen, especially because the people buying this book are in real need of help, not more stress. So whether it is the author or the publisher, I don't know. But I now wonder if I can trust a book that has been remarketed in such as way as to cause me to buy it twice. Its credibility factor plummeted for me.

Other than that, it does look promising, but the author needs to include a CD of his special music he talks about in the book. There is a bit of hype here, and the device the author suggests you use (but does not insist)looks like a hocus-pocus cardboard box, and it is expensive. So you be the judge.

But this is a definite Try It for those with severe ANXIETY, which actually is much different than stress or depression. I would just not put as much confidence and hope in its techniques as I once did.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2013
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So much useful information & fantastic, easy techniques to retrain our brains. I have so much more clarity & hope for my future now that I understand these principles. He uses clear concise language that is very easy for the lap person to understand. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to overcome bad habits & negative thinking. It specifically targets anxiety & stress too. Have read it twice & loved it.
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63 of 78 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2010
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I very much recommend this book. It was easy to read and was very enlightening.

Lawlis breaks the book down to various kinds of "storms" that we may have in our brains. From the Depressive Storm to the OCD Storm. And, that word is very applicable - at times, it truly does feel like a "storm" in ones mind.

I bought this book (for my Kindle) not really knowing much about it. However, it became one that I couldn't put down. Any free time I had, I picked it up and read more. That says a lot about a book to me.

I enjoyed this book so much that I've just now ordered another one from the author. I suspect I'll enjoy it as well.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2013
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I thought this book had a lot great information. I have read books on this subject before and this is one of the best. Anyone can do the breathing and other techniques the book has in it.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2012
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I found this book to be helpful in explaining the deterioration of coping mechanisms during repetitive and extreme exposure to one life changing/out-of-your control situation after another. In non-tech non-analytical terms, breaking the pattern and introducing new items seemed to be the basis of change. The tech side of the information is somewhat overwhelming for someone already overwhelmed. I would agree that it is hard to obtain and apply the focus required to do most of the exercises, however someone dedicated to ending the chaos can read slowly and apply one step at a time to defuse over time.Retraining the Brain: A 45-Day Plan to Conquer Stress and Anxiety
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2013
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I saw the book being promoted on the Dr. Phil show. My entire family can benefit from this book. It's easy reading and easy to undrstand and follow directions. I am only half way through the book and have been following some suggestions that Dr.Lawless made and feel much better. I have purchased two more copies to give to my grown children. This is a must read for everyone! It is an excellent gift too for a depressed friend or associate.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2013
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I think it was one of the best books I have read in a long time, it is a lot of work to take it all in but it has paid of I love the excersies one of the things I liked was the rubber band I have used it when I had a bad thought and because it stings I try not to use it to often. I have a more positive outlook in life even my husband has noticed a change in me.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 1, 2013
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To be honest, I haven't gotten into the 45 day plan. First you have to read pages and pages of detailed explanation... and when you are already stressed and anxious, you don't have the patience or concentration to breeze through it. I'll keep working on it... audio books might have been a better choice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2013
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Dr Lawlis goes into some detailed explanations of why is it we live in anxiety, where that mind-set came from and encourages the reader that it can be reversed.

The exercises are practical and not only provide long term healing but on the spot correction in times of crisis. I also purchased his anti anxiety series of mp3 s and started using them because I am determined not to continue living this way. I have not completed the course yet but I am very hopeful because I now fully understand the reasons behind my actions and that it is I who have to make the change.

highly recommended
Joy
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2013
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I bought this book for my husband who is struggling with severe anxiety as well as job stress and possibly a small component of OCD. This book deals mostly with stress and anxiety but touches on a few other aspects of mental disorders that plague so many people nowadays. I enjoyed reading about the other people in the book who benefited from some of this Dr.s suggestions of nutrition, music, excercise, and more which you can do at home. If nothing else, it's an easy read, that you will come out of with some information you didn't have before that you can choose to try in your life, or not.
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