Anxiety Free: Unravel Your Fears Before They Unravel You

Anxiety Free: Unravel Your Fears Before They Unravel You

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by Robert L. Leahy
     
 

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In Anxiety Free, Robert L. Leahy, Ph.D., best-selling author of The Worry Cure, looks at the origin of anxiety and teaches us how to outsmart our fears for a less stressful life.

Anxiety is part of our biological heritage. Our ancestors lived in a world filled with life-threatening dangers, and it was in the face of these dangers that the human psyche evolved.

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In Anxiety Free, Robert L. Leahy, Ph.D., best-selling author of The Worry Cure, looks at the origin of anxiety and teaches us how to outsmart our fears for a less stressful life.

Anxiety is part of our biological heritage. Our ancestors lived in a world filled with life-threatening dangers, and it was in the face of these dangers that the human psyche evolved. Fear was protective, and to survive, our ancestors' minds were programmed with rules of how to react to their environment. These preprogrammed rules of reaction were passed through the generations and now keep us in the grip of anxiety. We no longer live in the primitive world that created our fears, but we operate as if we're still running from tigers, fighting starvation, and risking incurable disease.

To break free from the tyranny of anxiety, we need to rewrite these preprogrammed rules. In Anxiety Free, Leahy addresses the six recognized anxiety disorders-specific phobia, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder and offers simple step-by-step techniques for confronting and overcoming our specific anxieties.

Using Leahy's methods, which are based on the best psychological treatments available, we can work toward a life free from the apprehension, tension, and avoidance associated with anxiety.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401921644
Publisher:
Hay House, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2010
Pages:
360
Sales rank:
543,818
Product dimensions:
6.46(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.92(d)

Meet the Author


Robert L. Leahy, Ph.D., is recognized as one of the most respected cognitive therapists, and is known internationally as a leading writer and speaker in the field cognitive therapy. For 25 years, Leahy has been practicing this revolutionary treatment to help free his patients from their struggle with anxiety. He holds a number of high-ranking positions in his field, including director of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy, president of the International Association of Cognitive Psychotherapy, president of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and president of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He is the author and editor of 15 books, including the best-selling The Worry Cure; and has been featured in The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Forbes, Fortune, Newsweek, Psychology Today, Washington Post, Redbook, Shape, First for Women, Women’s Health, Self, and USA Today Magazine. He has also appeared on national and local radio and television including 20/20, Good Morning America, and The Early Show.

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"Robert L. Leahy, one of America's most respected self-help psychologists, treats us to a tour de force in how to help soothe our anxious minds. With the most ancient and up-to-date wisdom and self-help techniques, Dr. Leahy is an expert guide and coach." - Paul Gilbert, Ph.D., author of Overcoming Depression: A Step-by-Step Approach to Gaining Control Over Depression "Anxiety Free, by the internationally renowned Dr. Robert L. Leahy ,provides us with a state-of-the art guide to overcoming anxiety. Written in his trademark accessible style, Dr. Leahy's new book will help you develop your own self-help program, using the latest and most powerful techniques of cognitive therapy. His ingenious use of 'rule-books' immediately empowers you to know why you feel anxious and what you can do right now to overcome your fears. I highly recommend this excellent book." - Aaron T. Beck, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania "If you have a problem with anxiety, this is the book for you. Anxiety Free provides detailed practical guidelines for understanding and overcoming all types of anxiety problems. You can trust this book." - Christopher G. Fairburn, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, University of Oxford "Robert L. Leahy has written a comprehensive and vital primer which offers hope for recovery to even the most severe cases of fear and anxiety. This well-crafted book is replete with self-diagnostic tools and easy-to-use, step-by-step scientific procedures for freeing oneself from the pain of anxiety. Anxiety Free is a pleasure to read and is full of many helpful case examples. It offers reassurance and hope to the millions who struggle with this crippling ailment. A must read for anyone who has ever experienced debilitating fear or anxiety." - Frank M. Dattilio, Ph.D., ABPP, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School "Dr. Leahy has done it again. Drawing from recent and well-supported research findings, Leahy, speaking in understandable and appealing language, offers powerful suggestions for addressing myriad anxiety problems. Sufferers of chronic and debilitating anxiety can take heart in a uniquely helpful resource." - Douglas Mennin, Ph.D., Director, Yale Anxiety and Mood Services, Department of Psychology, Yale University "With beautifully clear prose and great case illustrations, [Robert Leahy] brings to life the central issues and theories involved in anxiety disorders. This book offers hope, and more importantly, it brings cutting-edge knowledge about treatment into the hands of the reader." - Sheri L. Johnson, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley "This is a masterful book written by a master clinician. [Leahy's] straightforward and conversational style talks directly to the reader as if the reader was in his office. Even the most anxious person will find this book helpful, useful, and calming. Following his clear program and rules will help to put the anxiety demons to rest." - Arthur Freeman, Ed.D., author of Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda . . . "This book packs a potent therapeutic punch that sets new standards for self-help manuals. As in The Worry Cure, Leahy once again provides a masterful presentation of the latest treatment innovations but this time for all the major anxiety conditions. He writes in a clear, uncomplicated, conversational style that the reader will find highly informative and engaging. His explanat
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