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50 Ways to Rewire Your Anxious Brain : Simple Skills to Soothe Anxiety and Create New Neural Pathways to Calm - Catherine M. Pittman

50 Ways to Rewire Your Anxious Brain

Simple Skills to Soothe Anxiety and Create New Neural Pathways to Calm

By: Catherine M. Pittman, Maha Z. Hoffman

Paperback | 1 December 2023

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A take-anywhere toolkit to short-circuit anxiety and rewire your brain for lasting calm.

Do you struggle with anxiety? Has it taken over your life or affected your relationships? Do you feel like chronic worry and rumination are holding you back from being your best, achieving your goals, or just enjoying your day-to-day life? Get a crash course in neuroscience with this slimmed down guide—full of the actionable tools you need to face anxiety head on.

In this practical yet powerful guide, psychologist and neuroscience expert Catherine Pittman—author of Rewire Your Anxious Brain—introduces 50 new ways to work with your brain’s neural connections to find lasting, effective relief from your worst anxiety symptoms. The chapters of this book can be used in any order, as needed, to give you the information you need to act now, whether you’re at home or on the go. Also included are quick skills to help you soothe an anxious or stressed-out brain through physical movement, identify what you care about, and banish toxic thinking before it leads to rumination.

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 and proven-effective techniques in this book, you will literally “rewire” the brain processes at the root of your fears!

About the Authors

Catherine M. Pittman, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders and brain injuries. She is professor of psychology at Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, IN, where she has taught for more than thirty years.

Maha Zayed, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, and the director of The OCD and Anxiety Center, with offices in Oak Brook and Orland Park, IL.
Industry Reviews
"Before seeking out professional help, there are things we can do to make seeing a therapist less inevitable. The authors lay a foundation for working on yourself, decreasing the need for professional care. The authors advice can guide you to living a life that has less of a trigger response, allows for more serenity, and lets you live a life that is not bullied by anxiety and overreacting."
--Patrick B. McGrath, PhD, licensed clinical psychologist, and chief clinical officer at NOCD
--Patrick B. McGrath, PhD
"Here is the first user-friendly guide to changing your anxious brain. There is no scientific mumbo jumbo here. The brilliance of these authors is that they have done the work for you. You get only the simple explanations and skills needed to create change within a complex neurological system. Bravo!"
--Reid Wilson, PhD, author of Stopping the Noise in Your Head
--Reid Wilson, PhD
"I highly recommend 50 Ways to Rewire Your Anxious Brain for anyone looking to obtain freedom from anxiety. This highly informative book draws on the latest research in neuroscience and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to provide readers with a comprehensive guide to rewire their anxious brain. The authors do a wonderful job of explaining complex concepts in a clear and concise manner, making it easy for readers to break free from the painful anxiety cycle."
--Debra Kissen, PhD, MHSA, CEO of Light On Anxiety CBT Treatment Centers; and author of several books, including Overcoming Parental Anxiety
--Debra Kissen, PhD, MHSA
"The authors are master translators of scientific findings into accessible English. They use creative descriptors that subtly shift attitudes, such as the fallible 'amygdala defense response' instead of the usual 'false alarm, ' 'don't trust your cortex, thoughts are not truth!' and 'there is no such thing as multitasking when it comes to [attentional] focus.' This book provides a few wise words about both self-regulation and acceptance in a seamless simplicity."
--Sally Winston, PsyD, coauthor of Overcoming Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts, Needing to Know for Sure, and Overcoming Anticipatory Anxiety
--Sally Winston, PsyD
"This book is a one-stop shop for hacking anxiety. It helps you understand what holds you back from overcoming anxiety, and gives you a road map for success that anyone can use. It doesn't matter if you have been in treatment for years or have just begun your journey to recovery, this book has practical advice to help you make your life better."
--Karen Lynn Cassiday, PhD, author of Freedom from Health Anxiety, clinical assistant professor at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, and owner of The Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago
--Karen Lynn Cassiday, PhD

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