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Worry: Hope and Help for a Common Condition Paperback – September 14, 1998
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first book to explore every facet of the most common and debilitating emotional state: worry. While a healthy level of worry can help us perform efficiently at work, anticipate dangers, and learn from past errors, in its extreme forms worry can become "toxic"--poisoning our pleasures, sabotaging our achievements, and preventing us from resolving actual problems.
In this lucid, reassuring book, Dr. Hallowell discusses all types of worry, explores their underlying causes, and considers the best strategies for coping. Case histories and anecdotes illuminate such issues as worry in relationships; the correlation between worry and conditions like , depression, social phobia, generalized anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder; worry at work; and the worried child. In an effective section titled "Remedies That Work," Dr. Hallowell shows us how to evaluate, control, and manage worry, both with and without medication.
Even "born" worriers can
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I was born a worrier and developed General Anxiety and Agoraphobia as well as depression. Dr. Hallowell has offered hope and help for a better future. In time, I will mention this book to my siblings if they have to ears to hear. His stories read like a novel and his anecdotes are plausible.
However,it does give excellent coverage of the currently used medications. He also dicusses in detail how the brain responds to worry and stress.
The author is very qualified and experienced, and comes across as a really nice compassionate person.
He discusses all types of interventions. He explains the possibility of genetic inheritance in some cases,as in the "nature vs nurture" question.
Dr.Hallowell talks about the many forms and presentations of worry, and gives examples of cases to illustrate this information.
My overall feeling is that this is a really wide ranging discussion of the topic of worry. It is different to any book I've read on the subject, and I always keep it close for a "bad day".
The author takes a respectful and empathetic tone when talking about the people he has helped.
I felt better knowing that I was not alone and that there is hope for me.