By Robert L. Leahy
We reside within the Age of hysteria. In any given 12 months, approximately 18 percentage of usa citizens will be afflicted by an nervousness ailment, and over the process a life-time, this quantity rises to just about 30 percentage. The premiums of total anxiousness have elevated dramatically over the last 50 years. in truth, the common baby this present day indicates a similar point of tension because the commonplace psychiatric sufferer within the Fifties. due to advances in smooth psychology, we all know even more approximately nervousness than we as soon as did—where it comes from, the way it operates at the brain, and the habit it generates. Understanding anxiety is the foremost to overcoming it.
In Anxiety Free, Robert L. Leahy, Ph.D., best-selling writer of The fear Cure, seems to be on the foundation of tension and teaches us how one can outsmart our fears for a much less tense life.
Anxiety is a part of our organic history. Our ancestors lived in an international jam-packed with life-threatening risks, and it used to be within the face of those risks that the human psyche advanced. worry used to be protecting, and to outlive, our ancestors’ minds have been programmed with ideas of ways to react to their setting. those preprogrammed principles of response have been gone through the generations and now continue us within the grip of hysteria. We now not stay within the primitive global that created our fears, yet we function as though we’re nonetheless operating from tigers, battling hunger, and risking incurable sickness.
To cut loose from the tyranny of tension, we have to rewrite those preprogrammed ideas. In Anxiety Free, Leahy addresses the six famous anxiousness disorders—specific phobia, panic disease, obsessive-compulsive illness, generalized anxiousness sickness, social nervousness illness, and post-traumatic rigidity disorder—explaining what each one is and which outdated ideas it follows. He then deals easy, step by step ideas for confronting and overcoming our particular anxieties.
Using Leahy’s tools, that are in response to the simplest mental remedies to be had, we will paintings towards a existence unfastened from the apprehension, pressure, and avoidance linked to anxiety.
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I hope I didn’t sound too negative. Everyone is saying, ’Stanley, you’re such a negative person. Always afraid. ’ Maybe they have a point. Maybe I’m losing my head. Wait, let me think, did I put the stone over the food in the hole? What if someone comes along—what if a bear comes into the cave, finds the food—what if the bear is drawn to the cave because of the food—because I didn’t put the stone over the hole—and kills my family? It would be all my fault. I wasn’t careful enough. I think I put the stone there—but I’m not sure .
This is the key to treating anxiety. It is not the same as “being rational” about our fears. This does not work: knowing or being told that a fear is irrational does not make it go away. But if we can actually experience a seemingly dangerous situation over and over again, but without harmful consequences, our brains learn to be more rational and less fearful. It happens all the time in life. All it takes is to set up a program in which we can have a certain fearful experience regularly but in a context that teaches us it is safe.
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Anxiety Free: Unravel Your Fears Before They Unravel You by Robert L. Leahy