My Age of Anxiety

Author: Scott Stossel

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409022676

Category: Psychology

Page: 416

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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER and SHORTLISTED FOR THE WELLCOME BOOK PRIZE 2015 As recently as thirty-five years ago, anxiety did not exist as a diagnostic category. Today, it is the most common form of officially classified mental illness. Scott Stossel gracefully guides us across the terrain of an affliction that is pervasive yet too often misunderstood. Drawing on his own long-standing battle with anxiety, Stossel presents an astonishing history, at once intimate and authoritative, of the efforts to understand the condition from medical, cultural, philosophical and experiential perspectives. He ranges from the earliest medical reports of Galen and Hippocrates, through later observations by Robert Burton and Søren Kierkegaard, to the investigations by great nineteenth-century scientists, such as Charles Darwin, William James and Sigmund Freud, as they began to explore its sources and causes, to the latest research by neuroscientists and geneticists. Stossel reports on famous individuals who struggled with anxiety, as well as the afflicted generations of his own family. His portrait of anxiety reveals not only the emotion’s myriad manifestations and the anguish it produces, but also the countless psychotherapies, medications and other (often outlandish) treatments that have been developed to counteract it. Stossel vividly depicts anxiety’s human toll – its crippling impact, its devastating power to paralyse – while at the same time exploring how those who suffer from it find ways to manage and control it. My Age of Anxiety is learned and empathetic, humorous and inspirational, offering the reader great insight into the biological, cultural and environmental factors that contribute to the affliction.

My Age of Anxiety

Author: Scott Stossel

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

ISBN: 9781496187734

Category: Psychology

Page: 58

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With InstaRead Chapter-by-Chapter Summaries, you can get the essence of a book in 30 minutes or less. We read every chapter and summarize it in one or two paragraphs so you can get the information contained in the book at a faster rate. This is an InstaRead Summary of My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind by Scott Stossel. Below is a preview of the earlier sections of the summary. PART I: The Riddle of Anxiety 1: The Nature of Anxiety On the day Scott Stossel got married, he had an anxiety attack at the altar. He sweated profusely, and thought he was going to pass out. He worried that his friends and family would think that he was having second thoughts about marriage. When the wedding was over, and he was at the reception, his symptoms faded away. Even with his anxiety attack over, he felt despair because he couldn't get through his wedding without suffering from his disorder. These panic attacks are not uncommon for Stossel. He also had them when his wife was giving birth, during public lectures, job interviews, simply reading a book, etc. These panic attacks are often accompanied by the feeling that he is going to die. When he is not enduring a panic attack, he still has constant anxiety. He worries about his health, his family's health, his finances, and many other things. These worries are worsened by stomach aches, dizziness, and other symptoms that are similar to the flu. Sometimes he also has trouble breathing and walking. He has many phobias, from a fear of heights to a fear of cheese. Stossel had anxiety as a child as well. He would worry about his parents dying in a car crash. He spent his afternoons in the school nurse's office, and ended a relationship with a girl after he had intense anxiety when she leaned in to kiss him. Stossel has tried numerous treatments for his anxiety, including psychotherapy, hypnosis, rational emotive therapy, medications, self-help books, and alcohol. None of these eased his symptoms in the long term. He has given up on trying to treat the anxiety, and hopes to learn to accept his disorder. Anxiety disorders are the most common type of mental illness in the United States. Forty million Americans have an anxiety disorder. 31% of funds spent on mental health care is to help people with anxiety disorders. 1 in 4 people will experience crippling anxiety some time in their life. Studies have found that anxiety affects people worldwide. One in six people in the world will have an anxiety disorder for a minimum of a year within their lifetime. These studies only account for people who are clinically considered to have anxiety disorders. By 1950, only three books had been written about anxiety (the authors being: Sigmund Freud, Søren Kierkegaard, and Rollo May). This dismal research continued until an anti-anxiety drug was created in 1980. The treatment helped the disorder to be added to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Now, anxiety research is flourishing. fMRI technology is even being used to look at how anxiety and parts of the brain are related. For example, general worries about the future (such as when Stossel worries about if his children will be able to pay for college) occurs in the frontal lobes of the cerebral...

Summary of My Age of Anxiety – [Review Keypoints and Take-aways]

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Publisher: by Mocktime Publication


Category: Study Aids

Page: 15

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The summary of My Age of Anxiety – Fear, Hope, Dread and the Search for Peace of Mind presented here include a short review of the book at the start followed by quick overview of main points and a list of important take-aways at the end of the summary. The Summary of This book provides an insightful and honest look into the lives of people who suffer from clinical anxiety. The author walks us through his own personal battle with anxiety while also providing us with scientific, philosophical, and literary work that discusses the condition of anxiety and the available treatments for it. My Age of Anxiety summary includes the key points and important takeaways from the book My Age of Anxiety by Scott Stossel. Disclaimer: 1. This summary is meant to preview and not to substitute the original book. 2. We recommend, for in-depth study purchase the excellent original book. 3. In this summary key points are rewritten and recreated and no part/text is directly taken or copied from original book. 4. If original author/publisher wants us to remove this summary, please contact us at [email protected]

Antisocial Media

Author: Greg Goldberg

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 147982190X


Page: 219

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Introduction -- Anxiety and the antisocial -- Playing -- Automating -- Sharing -- Epilogue: immaterial world

Widen the Window

Author: Elizabeth Stanley

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1529351294

Category: Self-Help

Page: 496

View: 3035

A pioneering researcher gives us a new understanding of stress and trauma, as well as the tools to heal and thrive. This groundbreaking book examines the cultural norms that impede resilience in America, especially our collective tendency to disconnect stress from its potentially extreme consequences and override our need to recover. It explains the science of how to direct our attention to perform under stress and recover from trauma, exploring how our survival brain and thinking brain react to traumatic situations differently. By directing our attention in particular ways, we can widen the window within which our thinking brain and survival brain work together cooperatively. When we use awareness to regulate our biology this way, we can access our best, uniquely human qualities: our compassion, courage, curiosity, creativity, and connection with others. By building our resilience, we can train ourselves to make wise decisions and access choice - even during times of incredible stress, uncertainty and change. With stories from men and women Dr Stanley has trained in settings as varied as military bases, healthcare facilities, as well as her own striking experiences with stress and trauma, she gives readers hands-on strategies they can use themselves, whether they want to perform under pressure or heal from traumatic experience, while at the same time pointing our understanding in a new direction. Foreword by Bessel Van Der Kolk, bestselling author of The Body Keeps the Score. 'Widen the Window is a comprehensive overview of stress and trauma, responses to it, and tools for healing and thriving. It's not only for those in high-intensity work, but for everyone.' - Mindful Magazine

Parenting the New Teen in the Age of Anxiety

Author: John Duffy

Publisher: Mango

ISBN: 9781642500493

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 256

View: 7875

No parent experienced their teen years the way children do today; children as young as eight-years-old are prematurely self-conscious, over-stressed, and overwhelmed. Dr. John Duffy, the regular parenting and relationship expert on Steve Harvey, is here to provide strategies and tips for actively learning the world of our children, so that when they need us, we can be there armed with understanding.