A practical handbook that reveals the role of the brain in anxiety disorders and gives guidelines for effective treatment with a range of therapy options. What we know about the workings of the human brain has increased immeasurably in recent times. We now know exactly which parts of the brain react when we feel panicked, depressed, or overwhelmed emotionally. It is this new science which can help us to understand how our brain generates the feelings we experience and, in turn, how we can control those feelings. Everyone is affected by feelings of anxiety and panic at some time. By explaining which parts of the brain are affected and how these reactions can be controlled, this book provides practical guidance on conquering specific phobias as well as help for general anxiety issues. Detailed advice on available drugs and cognitive therapy exercises will also enable sufferers to find the therapy that best suits their individual needs.
Table of Contents
Panic and Anxiety; Understanding panic and anxiety; The stress factor: living in overdrive; The many faces of anxiety; Healthy human to anxious person; Treatment options; Lifestyle; Cognitive Behaviour Therapy; New ways of looking at thoughts and feelings; Understanding CBT; Approaches to treatment; CBT and me; The final story; Resources.
John Illman is the former Health Editor of the Guardian and health correspondent for the Observer. He is a lecturer in medical Journalism at the University of Westminster and has written two books, The Expert Patient and The Body Machine. Rita Carter is medical and science writer specialising in neuropsychology and mental health. She writes regularly for The Times, Telegraph, New Scientist, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror and She magazine. She has won numerous awards for her writing including two for outstanding contribution to medical journalism. She is the bestselling author of Mapping The Mind (Weidenfeld 1998).