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Rewire Your Anxious Brain PDF-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.

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Rewire Your Anxious Brain PDF is one of the best medical books for students and professionals on the subject of Psychology . It is a must download.

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Catherine Pittman, Ph.D, is the Chair of the Psychology Department at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, and is a practicing clinical psychologist. As a professor at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, Dr. Pittman teaches courses on Abnormal and Clinical Psychology, and also supervises students working on their senior theses. In addition, she has a private practice at Roseland Counseling in South Bend, Indiana. She enjoys working with individuals with anxiety disorders because more is understood about the causes of anxiety in the brain than about other disorders. She also provides therapy to those coping with depression, bipolar disorder, brain injury, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Dr. Pittman began her studies of anxiety as she earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Northern Illinois University in 1989, and has been treating individuals with anxiety disorders since that time. She also completed over 10 years of postdoctoral work with the Brain Injury Treatment Program at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Indiana. Dr. Pittman recognized that, although the research on the neurological basis of anxiety has resulted in a great deal of knowledge about the causes of anxiety, this knowledge was not readily accessible to therapists or individuals coping with anxiety. She has endeavored to promote increased understanding of the causes of anxiety in the brain through her classes, presentations, articles, and books. Her most recent book, coauthored with Elizabeth Karle, is Rewiring the Anxious Brain,and can be purchased on .

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Camber “Though somewhat repetitive, this book is easy to read and clearly explains the basic neurobiology of fear, worry, anxiety, panic, and related conditions such as PTSD and OCD. Drawing on research by Joseph Ledoux and others, the book highlights the central role of the amygdala (the brain’s primitive and subconscious ‘fear center’), which receives surprisingly scant attention in many other books on this topic. In my opinion, understanding the underlying biology is very helpful, if not essential.

The book also provides helpful evidence-based guidance on techniques to prevent or reduce the intensity of anxiety and related conditions. The key techniques are:

– Get good sleep, aerobically exercise daily, and eat a healthy diet.

– Breathe from the diaphragm/belly, which apparently activates the parasympathetic nervous system and thus counters activation of the sympathetic nervous system resulting from fear.

– Remind yourself that thoughts and images are not reality and may be mistaken.

– Disrupt problematic thoughts and images via distractions, play, music, and positive thoughts and images.

– Mindfully ‘defuse’ from problematic thoughts, images, and sensations, and instead just ‘be’ in the present moment, calmly observing all that is happening without any need to interpret or respond in any way.

– Meditate, including mindful meditation.

– Deliberately and repeatedly expose yourself to the situations which generate unwarranted fear, in order to rewire the amygdala to no longer subconsciously associate those situations with fear. This can be an uncomfortable experience, but accept the discomfort and know that it will pass, and absolutely do not flee from the situations, because doing so will strengthen the fear.

I highly recommend this book to anyone dealing with excessive worry, fear, anxiety, and related conditions.”

“In May of this year I began having panic attacks due to a traumatic event. At the time, I thought I was dying. I experienced these attacks over the next few weeks, and found out it was anxiety. A friend recommended this book and I began to devour it. A couple of weeks later I experienced the worst week of my life and was having panic attacks that would last multiple days in a row. Because of this book I was able to understand what was happening in my body, why it was happening and how to counteract it. Through practicing meditation, muscle relaxation and understanding that my thoughts were triggering the attacks, I am now feeling back to normal. I would not have known what to do if it wasn’t for this book.

I didn’t realize anxiety could affect people to this level and this has given me an entirely new perspective on human suffering, as well as given me a great deal of compassion for people with anxiety disorders. If you are suffering with anxiety or having panic attacks, this book will help you tremendously (but be careful of triggers if you are sensitive to thinking about your anxiety). If you are really struggling and need help fast, I would skip to the last chapter because it lays out a step by step strategy with links back to the chapters.

Most importantly: anxiety is treatable. You will get through this. This will pass. Let this be an opportunity for personal growth. Get therapy and don’t be ashamed. Also, know that there are emergency anxiety hotlines that you can call. I understand myself so much better and have a new sense of internal strength and confidence after having this experience and, honestly, I wouldn’t change anything about it, even though this has been the hardest time of my life.”


Bluecashmere. “While I don’t believe that this book is “a lot of mumbo-jumbo” as one reviewer says, it is a major question as to whom this book is aimed. It gives a concise and clear account of the role of the amygdala and the cortex in determining states of anxiety. Were it offered as a straight forward textbook for would be neurologists, the scientific content would be most valuable. However, the sub-title claims that this book will help those of us who suffer from anxiety “to use the neuroscience of fear to end anxiety, panic and worry.”
The first warning light comes on when the authors speak of “the more effective approach is to change your thoughts and images to decrease the resulting amygdala activation.” Behind the scientific language lurks what later is to be made explicit, that the best route to dealing with anxiety is through cbt: – cognitive behavioural therapy. This method has been largely discredited by major thinkers in the field of psychotherapy. As one who underwent such ”treatment” in a variety of forms, I can testify to their claims that it a facile, simplistic technique, full of activities, some of them useful enough in themselves for mild cases of anxiety, but mainly widely deployed here in the UK because it is cheap and easy to provide. It rests on a false premise, almost an inversion of the truth; that if we alter our thought patterns then our emotional states will respond positively. That is a simplification but close to the reality, nonetheless. It is interesting that the two authors speak only of present circumstances when anxiety is deeply rooted in the past. Rather it seems to me that the more radical method of reaching to the pain behind anxiety is the only way forward. Yes, it may take longer, is not without it’s own share of pain in confronting past experiences and certainly more expensive.
The book largely side-steps the question of medication. It does little more than briefly acknowledge this form of treatment and seems to be largely opposed to it on all but a minimal scale. That argument may hold water, but it needs far more rigorous attention than it receives here. A great deal of the substance of the text is given over to describing in list form manifestations of anxiety and extraordinarily straightforward and familiar ways of coping with it.
It is a strange book in combining quite sophisticated theories of the functioning of the brain with naïve, sometimes banal, practical suggestions for dealing with complex emotional states. I can’t recommend it to those seeking genuine help with this painful disorder.”


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