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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 this audiobook 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.

Pittman and Karle offer simple, specific examples of how to manage fear by tapping in to both of these pathways in the brain. As you listen, you'll gain a greater understanding of 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.

©2015 Catherine M. Pittman & Elizabeth M. Karle (P)2015 Wetware Media

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Accurate info, well explained

but nothing new here and certainly will not END your anxiety, even the book will say things like manage and accept. It is a huge amount of Cognitive Behavioral Monitoring and massive amounts of work to do on your own. Lot's of recommendations for therapy. Why sell a book that claims to rewire your brain and end anxiety when it doesn't?

Mediate, watch your thoughts, journal, exercise, eat right sound familiar. Good basic advice you can get for free from your auntie or the internet. Explaining the difference between limbic/amygdala anxiety and cortex anxiety, while interesting doesn't really help much. Just my opinion. I truly hope others have success.

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Extremely helpful book

This book is a really good tool on understanding the way your brain functions to help you manage anxiety. I went threw two suicides three weeks apart with people extremely close to me. This book has really helped to understand why you feel helpless sometimes like you can't control your reactions and emotions but gives you the tools on how this works so you can gain control again and manage your life.

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this book covers all you need to take some control

I listened to this book twice and feel so much more in control of anxiety.

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not for generalized anxiety disorder

I purchased this book and was extremely disappointed. It only acknowledges anxiety that has a definitive external cause, not the gripping anxiety that arises for no reason that is associated with actual anxiety disorders. They act like it doesn't even exist, as if the only reason people feel anxious is either because they take normal daily worries too far or they have an immediate danger that arouses a fear response. I wish I could get my money back.

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Excelent!

I liked this book a lot! Most anxiety books only focus on one type of treatment for anxiety, promoting it as the only way to cure it. This book has a much more ample and better explained and sustained ways to cope with anxiety.

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A Useful Tool for Dealing with Anxiety

Although I found I would have liked a little less scientific discussion, on a whole this book proved quite useful for understanding how the brain manufactures anxiety. Better yet, this book offers useful exercises in measuring your anxiety and dealing with solutions. A most helpful read that provides a better understanding of neuroplasticity and how to make it work in your favor.

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A Must Have for Anyone Suffering from Anxiety

this book had been a life saver for me so far. the narrator's voice is calming and easy to listen to. these tools and understanding what's happening in the brain had helped me do much with anxiety and panic attacks.

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I found this book well structured, to the point, and helpful.

I loved that the author didn't try to treat anxiety with a cookie-cutter approach, one fits all. When it comes to anxiety, one definitely doesn't fit all.

Through short quizzes, to which you can easily give mental answers while listening to the audio book, the author helps you pinpoint what you are experiencing, names it, and gives you strategies specific to the type of anxiety you might have. I found that knowing the origin of my anxieties, putting a name to them, and knowing at least 2-3 strategies for each, is very helpful.

In fact, I'm about to purchase a book in print, in order to bookmark and reference it.

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Gave Me Guidance & Direction

I was initially skeptical because I saw in the comments that people said it wasn't meant for those who have generalized anxiety disorder. I found that to be false. I felt like it touched on all different forms of anxiety and gave skills and techniques to best cope with them. There's a lot of good tools to use in this book if you're suffering from any form of anxiety. But most of all, this book gave me a lot of hope.

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Pleasant introduction to the brain

With no experience in the field, this book was nevertheless a pleasant introduction to the brain. I indeed feel like I learned something.

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  • Anna P.
  • 04-25-17

Very 'sciencey' but good

This book was a lot more 'sciencey' than I anticipated but I stuck with it. Some good techniques for coping with anxiety are mentioned including mindfulness at the end.

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  • sue dobson
  • 03-28-17

brilliant

An interkectual but approachable book. it not only gives you the background abd the science behind anxiety it gives you the encouragement and reassurance to achieve.

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  • Joe
  • 07-08-18

Good overview.

good breadth but not enough depth. suits beginner in the subject rather than someone advanced.

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  • 04-17-16

Disappointing

Apart from discovering anxiety can be produced by two parts of the brain, I did not gain much by listening to this book. A great deal of time is dedicated to explaining this simple fact and much of the information is needlessly repetitive. The suggested techniques to combat anxiety are disappointing and boil down to breathing and muscle exercises - nothing particularly innovative or new and similar exercises readily available on YouTube. Certainly not the 'rewiring' processes implied by the title of the book.

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  • Matthew
  • 03-20-17

Amazing!

Literally the best and most informative book Ive ever listened to and is also very easy to follow and apply and has helped me greatly. Will listen again soon.

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  • Michael
  • 02-14-17

Excellent guide!

Neurosciences of anxiety to give you the tools to make sense of a paralysing sensation. Really liked the narrator's voice, pace and intonation.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-16-19

Not my cup of tea

I found this book to theory based for me. I was after a bit more of a lighter practical approach and found it too heavy and intense.

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  • Raphaela Kleinen
  • 03-27-17

Brilliant!!!!

Thank you for helping me understand, great advice and mentoring. Would recommend this book to anyone suffering from anxiety.

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  • Heather Jean Jack
  • 12-16-16

Good book

very useful book and very easy to understand and to learn from . would recommend.

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  • Mr me
  • 12-27-18

Worth 'reading'

A good book with useful techniques & strategies. it was a bit sciency in places but this was useful to understand the rationale for the strategies.

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  • Behrang
  • 03-18-17

Great book for scientifically treating anxiety

It was very interesting to know about the two different mechanisms of brain for creating anxiety and how one can change them.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-01-17

Very Good

Very nice book. Found that learning the science behind anxiety alone was useful in reducing my anxiety.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-28-17

clear brain

it is a very precise and clear info on how to rewire the brain to change the out come in you mental attitude.

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  • Li
  • 06-12-17

A deep,concise look on anxiety & how to reduce it

If you could sum up Rewire Your Anxious Brain in three words, what would they be?

Informative, inspiring, easy-to-follow

It is enlightening and fascinating to have a deeper look on what cause anxiety. The book explains in details on how amygdala and cortex cause anxiety, worries, fears, and compulsive disorders - it feels like the book gives you a tour of your brain to see how it reacts when it is experiencing anxiety. The solutions provided in this book are very useful and effective in reducing anxiety.

What did you like best about this story?

The breathing and relaxation exercises in chapter 6 are surprisingly useful. I play it every night when we are ready for bed. My husband and son fall into sleep right away. : )

What about Susannah Mars’s performance did you like?

Her voice is clear and "authoritative" and makes you feel you can trust her.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It makes me feel that I can conquer fear and anxiety

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  • Steve
  • 07-26-17

Exceptionally helpful! Recommended it to friends

Loved it! very helpful, helped me overcome some boundaries in my life, I've recommended it to friends and family!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-21-17

A clear understanding really helps.

I found the clear and thorough explanation of the exact known cause and ways of helping myself very reassuring. I feel much more confident that I can use the retraining techniques explained in this book to finally rid myself from this sometimes all consuming worry, pessimism and fear. It actually feels better just having a real name for them. Really helpful audiobook. Thank you.

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  • Debra
  • 07-20-17

very interesting

very interesting information in this book although sometimes a little too technical. great exercises and coping plans - well worth listening too

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  • Rhys
  • 07-06-17

Very technical but informative

More like a scientific article than anything else. Some helpful insight though with a dash of empowerment to help one realise that changing the brain is actually possible!

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  • Dr
  • 01-27-17

For many, this will be a valuable book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The book explains clearly the sources of anxiety as being both the cognitive mind and the ancient part of our brains called the amygdala. It explains that rewiring your brain - employing our modern understanding of neuroplasticity - can change even the apparently autonomic responses of the amygdala as well as our cognitive responses. And most importantly, it explains how it can be done.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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What does Susannah Mars bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

This is an expressive and sensitive read.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

A bit long and involved for that - best heard a couple of chapters at a time.

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  • Renee
  • 05-04-17

Excellent resource

Well written and comprehensive. Thanks for writing it I will buy the hard copy also. Highly recommended.

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