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As far as we know, plants and animals don't do it. Worry is a human "skill." And it comes in different forms. Some kinds indicate diagnosable conditions, such as depression, or Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). Others, such as shyness, are built in from birth, and some seem plain old existential--stemming from broken trust or loss of faith. But worry is uniquely human. "To create worry," Dr. Hallowell writes, "humans elongate fear with anticipation and memory, expand it in imagination and fuel it with emotion. The uniquely human mental process called worrying depends upon having a brain that can reason, remember, reflect, feel, and imagine. Only humans have a brain big enough to do this simultaneously and do it well."
Illustrating his theories with the personal stories of and dialogues with clients, Hallowell provides a full picture of the ordinary yet chronic worry-problems. Thus, each presenting problem is dramatically rendered, and the ensuing therapies practically understood. Hallowell emphasizes the physical, not the psychological aspect of worrying, which helps stop the cycle of self-blame many worriers are prone to. When worry is no longer identified as a lack of moral courage, for example, but a natural phenomenon, it can begin to be managed.
The steps set forth in Worry: Controlling and Using It Wisely are practical and straightforward. First comes awareness, which, over time, sets the stage for new patternmaking in the brain. An entire chapter is devoted to methods of running interventions on worry without medication. Worry offers an articulate and powerful reframe of a debilitating condition that's as old as the human brain. By releasing the deeply entrenched habit of negativity, a worrier can step out of the cycle, and freed from phobia, move ahead. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Don't worry: a best-selling psychologist (Driven to Distraction, LJ 3/15/94) is here to explain the difference between worry rooted in in-born predispositions and worry that signals other, deeper problems.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Sixty-five million Americans could use this book. According to statistics, 35 % of Americans experience anxiety on a regular basis and 25% of Americans have been diagnosed with an... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Steven Haack
I only got to page 74 before I gave up. It was page after page of detailed patient accounts with little useful information. If you like case histories this book is for you.Published 6 months ago by Joan L. Bundtzen
He offers so much help for this with ADD/ADHD and importantly, his stories are deeply relevant to those who have it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bob HYN
Very good book lets you realize how little worrying does for you. Very good therapy.Published 8 months ago by Fred Dorfman
If you obsess about things you can do nothing about, this book is for you. Full of good insight and sound advice.Published 10 months ago by Mothlove
I'm on chapter 12 and I wish more people would read this book. It's a real eye opener.Published 11 months ago by shazad mohammed
Accessible, practical, and effective advice for coping with anxiety. Neurological basis is emphasized, illustrated with vivid case studies of individuals suffering from excessive... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jeffery E. Decelles
Lots of real life examples and real world solutions.
The author takes a respectful and empathetic tone when talking about the people he has helped. Read more
My doctor recommended I read "Worry" at least 10 years ago and it helped me understand and get a grip on the type of garden-variety anxiety that many of us experience. Read morePublished on August 24, 2013 by Mariah McCarthy