Rewire Your Anxious Brain: How to Use the Neuroscience of Fear to End Anxiety, Panic, and Worry

Rewire Your Anxious Brain: How to Use the Neuroscience of Fear to End Anxiety, Panic, and Worry

Rewire Your Anxious Brain: How to Use the Neuroscience of Fear to End Anxiety, Panic, and Worry

Rewire Your Anxious Brain: How to Use the Neuroscience of Fear to End Anxiety, Panic, and Worry


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Do you ever wonder what is happening inside your brain when you feel anxious, panicked, and worried? In Rewire Your Anxious Brain, psychologist Catherine Pittman and author Elizabeth Karle offer a unique, evidence-based solution to overcoming anxiety based in cutting-edge neuroscience and research.

In the book, you will learn how the amygdala and cortex (both important parts of the brain) are essential players in the neuropsychology of anxiety. The amygdala acts as a primal response, and oftentimes, when this part of the brain processes fear, you may not even understand why you are afraid. By comparison, the cortex is the center of “worry.” That is, obsessing, ruminating, and dwelling on things that may or may not happen. In the book, Pittman and Karle make it simple by offering specific examples of how to manage fear by tapping into both of these pathways in the brain.

As you read, you’ll gain a greater understanding how anxiety is created in the brain, and as a result, you will feel empowered and motivated to overcome it. The brain is a powerful tool, and the more you work to change the way you respond to fear, the more resilient you will become. Using the practical self-assessments and proven-effective techniques in this book, you will learn to literally “rewire” the brain processes that lie at the root of your fears.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626251137
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 01/02/2015
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 55,854
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Catherine M. Pittman, PhD, is associate professor at Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, IN. As a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in South Bend, IN, she specializes in the treatment of brain injuries and anxiety disorders. She is a member of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), and provides workshops and seminars on the topics of anxiety and stress.
Elizabeth M. Karle, MLIS, is collection management supervisor at the Cushwa-Leighton Library at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN. In addition to supplying research for this book, she has personal experience with anxiety disorders—providing a first-hand perspective that focuses the book on what is most useful for the anxiety sufferer. Originally from Illinois, she currently resides in South Bend, IN, and holds degrees or certificates from the University of Notre Dame, Roosevelt University, and Dominican University. She is author of Hosting a Library Mystery.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction: The Pathways of Anxiety 1

Part 1 Anxious Brain Basics

1 Anxiety in the Brain 13

2 The Root of Anxiety: Understanding the Amygdala 35

3 How the Cortex Creates Anxiety 51

4 Identifying the Basis of Your Anxiety: Amygdala, Cortex, or Both? 63

Part 2 Taking Control of Your Amygdala-Based Anxiety

5 The Stress Response and Panic Attacks 81

6 Reaping the Benefits of Relaxation 95

7 Understanding Triggers 113

8 Teaching Your Amygdala Through Experience 125

9 Exercise and Sleep Tips for Calming Amygdala-Based Anxiety 143

Part 3 Taking Control of Your Cortex-Based Anxiety

10 Thinking Patterns That Cause Anxiety 157

11 How to Calm Your Cortex 179

Conclusion: Putting It All Together to Live an Anxiety-Resistant Life 197

Resources 203

References 205


Catherine  M. Pittman and Elizabeth M. Karle live in South Bend, IN.

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