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Worry: Hope and Help for a Common Condition Paperback – September 14, 1998
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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 the MP3 CD edition.
From Library Journal
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 the MP3 CD edition.
Top customer reviews
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.