The Anxious Truth is a step-by-step guide to understanding and overcoming the anxiety problems that have plagued you for so long. At 70,000 words and 450 printed pages, the Anxious Truth goes well beyond just telling you that you can be OK. It actually tells you exactly how to do it!
You're anxious all the time, experiencing panic attacks over and over, and maybe afraid to leave your house or to be left alone for even a few minutes.. You are avoiding simple things like driving, eating in restaurants, attending family functions, or going to the supermarket. You are terrified of the next wave of anxiety or the next panic attack. Your anxiety problems are ruining your relationships, your family life, and your career.
Your anxiety problems have you afraid, confused, lost, and feeling hopeless. How did you get here? What went wrong? You've tried so many things, but nothing has cured your anxiety? What can you do now?
This book, written by a former anxiety sufferer, best-selling author of "An Anxiety Story", and host of The Anxious Truth podcast will walk you through exactly how you got to where you are today, why you are not broken or ill, and what the true nature of your anxiety disorder is. Next, the book will walk you through what it takes to solve your anxiety problems, how to make an anxiety recovery plan, then how to correctly execute that plan.
The Anxious Truth isn't always what you want to hear, but it's what you NEED to hear in order to solve this problem once and for all and move toward the life you so desperately want. Based firmly on the principles of cognitive-behavioral therapies that have been shown over decades to be most effective in treating anxiety problems, the Anxious Truth will teach you how to move past your anxiety symptoms, past endless digging for hidden "root causes", and into an action-oriented plan that will help your brain un-learn the bad reaction and fear habits that have gotten you into this predicament. The Anxious Truth will take the cognitive mechanism that got you into a corner, throw it in reverse, and use it to your advantage, backing you out of this jam and into a life free from irrational fear and needless avoidance.
More than just a book, The Anxious Truth goes hand-in-hand with The Anxious Truth podcast (https://theanxioustruth.com) and the growing and vibrant social media community surrounding it. Read the book, listen to five years worth of free podcasts chock full of helpful advice and information, and join a large online community of fellow anxiety sufferers that are done talking about this problem and ready to actually take action to solve it.
Change is possible. No matter how long you've suffered with your anxiety issues, you can get better. The Anxious Truth will tell you what you need to hear and will arm you with the information, understanding, and skills you need to get the job done.
Let's do this together!
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About the Author
You can find Drew, his podcast, and his community at theanxioustruth.com.
Having been through not one, not two, but THREE different periods of debilitating anxiety, panic, agoraphobia, and depression, Drew turned it all around in 2008. Armed with a deep understanding of the cognitive nature of this problem, courage, and an intense desire to solve the problem once and for all, Drew rid himself of the irrational fear that fuels the disorder. Now living a normal, happy, productive life without avoidance and retreat, Drew spends a fair amount of his time tending to his podcast, writing about anxiety disorder issues, and interacting with the large community surrounding his work.
A technology entrepreneur by day, Drew's true passion is using his own knowledge and life experience to teach and empower others as they work to solve their own anxiety and fear problems. When he's not podcasting, writing or taking care of business, you can find Drew attempting to be a proficient guitarist or in the gym. A fan of scientific inquiry, Stoicism, Taoism, and Buddhism, Drew is also a lifelong night owl that's probably staying up too late right now.
Oh, and Drew realizes that writing about himself in the third person is a bit ridiculous, but that seems to be the way it's done in these parts, and there's nothing wrong with a bit of ridiculousness now then!
Table of Contents
A Brief Word About Belief, Understanding, & Overthinking
CHAPTER 1: HOW DID YOU GET HERE?
Lesson 1.1: You Are NOT Broken
Lesson 1.2: A Natural Process Gone Wrong
Lesson 1.3: Nobody Ever Told You
Lesson 1.4: Adrift In A Sea Of Bad Information
Lesson 1.5: Let's Get Ready To Rumble
CHAPTER 2: UNDERSTANDING THE PROBLEM
Lesson 2.1: Anxiety Is Part Of Being Human
Lesson 2.2: You Are Working As Designed
Lesson 2.3: This Isn't A Body Problem
Lesson 2.4: This Is A Cognitive Problem
Lesson 2.5: Attacking Symptoms Doesn't Work
Lesson 2.6: Avoiding Doesn't Work
Lesson 2.7: About The "Root Cause"
Lesson 2.8: OCD, Health Anxiety, GAD and Social Anxiety
CHAPTER 3: UNDERSTANDING THE SOLUTION
Lesson 3.1: Surrender
Lesson 3.2: Do The Opposite
Lesson 3.3: Change Your Focus
Lesson 3.4: Stop Avoiding: Going INTO Fear
Lesson 3.5: Examining Your Reactions
Lesson 3.6: Changing Your Reactions
Lesson 3.7: Learning New Skills
Lesson 3.8: Persistence and Patience
CHAPTER 4: MAKING YOUR RECOVERY PLAN
Lesson 4.1: This is a DOING Thing
Lesson 4.2: This Takes Time
Lesson 4.3: Let's Set Some Goals
Lesson 4.4: Breaking Things Into Small Pieces
Lesson 4.5: The Overall Plan. The Method. The System. Being Incremental
CHAPTER 5: EXECUTING YOUR RECOVERY PLAN
Lesson 5.1: Prioritize and Commit
Lesson 5.2: Arrange Your Life Accordingly
Lesson 5.3: Get Your Family And Friends In Line
Lesson 5.4: Sharpening Your Skills
Lesson 5.5: Expect To Struggle
Lesson 5.6: Judging Progress Properly
Lesson 5.7: It's Not Always Recovery
CHAPTER 6: WHAT'S NEXT?
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