Bombarded by a constant media feed about global terrorism, war, rising unemployment rates, and a mind-numbing array of ads that urge us to "ask our doctor" about the newest anti-anxiety medication, it feels as if this country is having a collective anxiety attack. In fact, anxiety is one of the most common mental health problems in America.
Poe's Heart and the Mountain Climber tackles this disorder head-on, with a fresh perspective and a straightforward approach to understanding our anxiety before it paralyzes us. The message is vital and empowering: anxiety is not a mental illness that must require medication, but often a normal, biological response to stress.
"Restak dispels worry about worry and tenders sensible strategies for quelling it." (Booklist)
I think that this is a really well written book on anxiety, if you can get over all the 9/11 references in the first few chapters. The fourth chapter and on is really good, it is not too simplified, this author actually thinks that listeners have brain cells. He describes the brain areas responsible for anxiety and associated disorders and how the wiring of these areas may result in abnormal function under some circumstances, yet be advantageous in others. The one lost star is for the overwhelming "how to deal with 9/11" introduction, which would likely be lost on most Canadians.
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