The Anxious Brain: The Neurobiological Basis of Anxiety Disorders and How to Effectively Treat Them available in Hardcover
Therapists and their clients benefit from understanding how anxiety is generated in the brain, how it can become panic or unbounded worry, and ultimately how the brain re-establishes the neurochemical balance that is basic to a state of well-being.
These insights in the brain underlying mental phenomena put anxiety into a perspective that makes it easier to become calm, and provides the bases for effective intervention with thought exercises, breathing techniques, and behavioral adaptations.The Anxious Brain is a timely clinical guide. Current statistics show that up to one-third of Americans suffers a panic attack during their lifetime and up to eight percent is currently suffering from one of the anxiety disorders. Medication, once considered the first line of treatment, is losing public favor as clients realize their symptoms re-emerge when they stop using the drugs. However, our increasing understanding of the brain offers clinicians and clients a new and expanding set of resources that include but go well beyond pharmacological treatments.
Wehrenberg and Prinz describe brain structure and function and neurotransmitter activity related to the three major anxiety disorders in a way that psychotherapists can better understand, diagnose, and effectively treat anxiety disorders. Rich in neurophysiological diagrams and practical exercises that target the activity of specific neurological mechanisms, this book shows us how to take control of our brains to alleviate various anxiety disorders.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Steven M. Prinz, M.D., is a psychiatrist and Medical Director at Linden Oaks Hospital, Napierville, Illinois.
Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist in private practice, a popular public speaker, and international anxiety coach. She is the author of The Anxious Brain, The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques, and The 10 Best-Ever Depression Management Techniques. She lives in St. Charles, Missouri.
Table of Contents
The Physical Brain and the Mind of Anxiety 9
Neurotransmitters: Messengers of the Brain 37
Panic Disorder: Mindless Fear 53
Treating Panic Disorder 72
Medicating for Panic Disorder 95
Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Worry Without Reason 116
Treating Generalized Anxiety Disorder 134
Medicating for Generalized Anxiety Disorder 173
Social Anxiety Disorder: Fear of Exposure 189
Treating Social Anxiety Disorder 201
Medicating for Social Anxiety Disorder 235
Suggested Reading 248