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Poe's Heart and the Mountain Climber - Exploring the Effect of Anxiety on Our Brains and Our Culture

Richard Restak, M.D.

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Are you bombarded by a constant media feed of global terrorism, war, and rising unemployment rates-and by a mind-numbing array of ads that urge you to "ask your doctor" about the newest anti-anxiety medications? If it sometimes feels as if this country is having a collective anxiety attack, then you won't be surprised to learn that more than 19 million Americans suffer from some form of acute anxiety. Poe's Heart and the Mountain Climber tackles this situation head-on, with a fresh perspective and a straightforward approach to exploring and understanding our anxiety before it paralyzes us. After interviewing many experts on anxiety, and reflecting on his own many years treating anxious patients (as well as experiencing more than a few anxious moments himself), Dr. Richard Restak has organized this book around one primary principal: the best way to manage anxiety in these anxious times is to learn about it and put that learning to practical use. His message is vital and empowering: anxiety is not a mental illness that must require medication, but often a normal, biological response to stress. Anxiety is part of our genetic makeup. We wouldn't be alive today if our ancestors had lacked the ability to anticipate dangers and threats. Anxiety is as natural a part of our existence as breathing, eating, or sleeping, and it is closely linked to our powers of reasoning. Unlike any other species, only we are able to envision future possibilities. As a result, we aren't tethered to the here and now, but can imaginatively anticipate the good things that might happen to us. But we can also envision the bad things and, as a result, experience anxiety. We can't have one without the other. Anxiety, therefore, isn't something to be eliminated but, rather, something to be understood. Anxiety is only undesirable when it becomes extreme. This groundbreaking book teaches us to view anxiety not as a burden, but as a stimulus for greater accomplishment and enhanced self-knowledge. We will function at our best when we stop working t

Language:

English

Length:

4h 59m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:23


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:59


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:53


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:17


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:15


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:27


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:38


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:03


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:38


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:21


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:52


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:10


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:04


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:19


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:08


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:49


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:22


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:45


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:51


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:44


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:03


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:17


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:19


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:39


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:50


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:20


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:01


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:11


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:15


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:53


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:40


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:19


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:03


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:46


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:20


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:26


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:43


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:55


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:55


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:34


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:38


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:04


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:42


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:39


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:36


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:01


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:57


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:39


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:42


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:49