If you’ve read “Anxious for Answers: The surprising truth about anxiety, and how you can master it for good!” you probably clearly understand how anxiety effects every inch of your body. If you haven’t, I have summarized some of anxiety’s main physical effects here…
- Frequent Urination or Diarrhea
- Rapid Heartbeat
- Chest Pain
- Shortness of Breath
- Dizziness or Lightheadedness
- Tremors or Twitches
- Excessive Sweating
- Painful Physical Symptoms
- Increase of Menopausal Symptoms
- Impaired Immune System
- Digestive Issues
- Decreased Libido
If your anxiety has contributed to physical symptoms or medical problems, you’re probably very uncomfortable. You might also feel like you’re going crazy, or wonder if you’re making it all up. However, even though I know it can feel that way, I want you to know that you’re not crazy. Anxiety has many known effects on the body that are very real. They aren’t all in your head!
Being able to recognize the physical symptoms of anxiety is important. There are many physical manifestations of anxiety that you may notice when you’re experiencing situational anxiety or are in the midst of a panic attack. However, many physical symptoms can appear even when you don’t think you have a reason to be anxious, and they can have a lasting impact on your overall health. As you can see, anxiety affects our lives in many ways and creates issues in our bodies, that generally makes us feel lousy.
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I’m not currently licensed as a therapist but I trained to be one and I still provide professional counseling support in various milieus. I mention it only to explain that it’s this perspective from which I read the book, and not as a person who was seeking to ameliorate her own anxiety.
The short version of my review is: I will be recommending this book to clients with anxiety.
The longer version is that I’m really impressed with the way the author is able to present topics that can often seem heavy or complex in a way that is easily readable and not intimidating. There’s a degree of personal responsibility in learning to manage one’s anxiety and that idea sometimes turns people off. But I feel the information is presented in such a non-threatening way that people who are good at self-directed growth could make as much progress with this book as they would working with a therapist.
It’s solution-focused, with activities at the end of each chapter and discussion about both natural and pharmaceutical interventions, should those prove necessary if behavioral and thought-process changes don’t seem to be adequate.
Overall, if you have anxiety and you want to understand it and have a good chance of learning how to break free from its grip on your life, this is an excellent book to read. -Crystal
A straight forward and easy to understand guide to managing anxiety. The advice is practical and offers anyone who suffers from anxiety ways to rethink it and heal. I have to say, the author provides the tools to learn how to handle anxiety that is so prevalent in today’s society based on her own life experiences with it, and that is an invaluable gift for readers for those who suffer anxiety or for those who know someone who does. I believe this is a must-read for anyone wrestling with this problem or has family or friends that deal with this on a daily basis. If you (or your loved ones) want to be happy and anxiety free — then purchase this book. It is chock full of different types of experiences and offers answers to the problem and how to keep it in check. Thank you, Dr. Ilene, for sharing your knowledge and your story. -Kelley M.
This book comes at a perfect time—what an anxious world we are living in. From acute anxiety (which can be good, and makes us slow down when driving in bad weather) to chronic anxiety—the fear of what “might” happen, this book shines a light on recognizable fears. The anxiety triggers in family units hit close to home. Some behaviors are positive—and make us want to help each other, but others can be destructive, especially if we have different opinions and goals. The epigenetics theory—biologic memory of trauma from ancestors, was also very intriguing. The book’s mission—to help teach us that we can manage our feelings to get closer to the truth, is very positive—as is the idea that we need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Definitely passing this book on to my kids! -DeeDee
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