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Rewire Your Anxious Brain

Written by: Catherine M. Pittman PhD,Elizabeth M. Karle MLIS
Narrated by: Susannah Mars
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Publisher's Summary

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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good crisp information

straight to the point information, does not focus too much on excercises, but more on symptoms and understanding

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  • rebekah higgins
  • 31-01-20

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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  • Sharronim0
  • 03-08-20

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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  • TanyaS
  • 28-06-17

Helpful

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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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  • Susana
  • 21-06-17

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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  • Alex
  • 20-03-18

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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  • Reviewer
  • 13-08-17

Great tool for understanding and combating anxiety

Very helpful, educational, and informative. By understanding the science and biological/physiological causes/effects behind the different forms of anxiety, it is easier to see why anxiety happens and how to lessen it.

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  • kayla hall
  • 02-01-18

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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  • Nate
  • 15-05-16

boring

this book was boring and didn't tell you at all how to help anxiety wow

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  • Deborah Jacob
  • 13-04-18

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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  • Shannon Dye
  • 24-08-17

Great book

I love that this book explained where my anxiety is coming from. Mine is amygdala-based. I'm really excited to start working on my social anxiety. I recommend this book for anybody struggling with anxiety. No matter what kind it is.

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  • sar
  • 17-04-16

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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  • Hazel
  • 26-02-16

Very helpful!

I've been listening to this book as well as seeking CBT. I found this book incredibly helpful and it has helped me to understand how my brain works and that I CAN change my brain and rewire it. It is very good and I would recommend this to anyone suffering with anxiety (it even helps you identify what sort you have).

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  • Claire Maybank
  • 28-11-16

repetitive and nothing new

The amount of repetition becomes annoying. it's a poor version of the chimp paradox. I would not recommend.

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  • Nathan
  • 10-05-16

I fear the terrible narration halted my listening.

This book may have been credible. I will never know I fear because the narration was so poor that I simply could not abide to listen to another word.

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  • Paul Connor
  • 09-03-16

Seems to be read by a robot

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

For some reason the lady chosen to narrate this book sounds very robotic, it made the book, which I am sure is full of very useful information nearly impossible to listen to.

Has Rewire Your Anxious Brain put you off other books in this genre?

Yes and no, is really is very heavy, which for someone fighting anxiety is not the best. I may try other books in the future.

What didn’t you like about Susannah Mars’s performance?

Nothing

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  • sue dobson
  • 28-03-17

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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  • Heather Jean Jack
  • 16-12-16

Good book

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

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  • Audioaddict
  • 22-12-16

Narrator was AWFUL

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One of the worst narrators i have heard in a long time, really really grated on me after a while and made the book pretty much impossible to listen to and take in. Very disappointing really as i had high hopes for this one

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  • Anna P.
  • 25-04-17

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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  • Raphaela Kleinen
  • 27-03-17

Brilliant!!!!

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

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  • Mona
  • 13-04-16

Useful book

Very good book to recognise how mind work under anxiety. Useful book that helps in coping with anxiety.

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  • Behrang
  • 18-03-17

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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  • Dr
  • 27-01-17

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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  • Mike
  • 13-10-16

Was very helpful. Put everything into perspective.

I found this very good. It was certainly worth it. far cheaper than going to a shrink.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-03-17

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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  • Luke Slattery
  • 11-03-17

great at identifying, more on correction needed.

This book is fantastic at identifying a range of anxiety. You'll go through the exercises and realise how anxious you are. But once it's identified, the book does not spend nearly enough time helping you correct your anxiety. it's like it's half finished.

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  • Amy
  • 18-02-17

Not helpful

This booked had to much focus on the science of the brain rather than providing tools to assist with anxiety.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-08-17

Very Good

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

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  • Hayley
  • 20-01-17

Taught me so much! Thank you for writing it!

learned so many new things about the brain and its wiring which will hopefully help me for life!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-07-17

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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