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In my experience, the best books on dealing with anxiety and depression are the best because they are honest about the situation. You have to deal with it, engage it, wrestle with it a bit and become stronger in the face of it. I get hundreds of emails every month from people who struggle primarily with anxiety and depression. Many of them are looking for a solution or a piece of wisdom or advice. So instead, I will send them here, to these books.
In order to challenge these entrenched habits, I recognized that an easy-to-follow, commonsense technique was needed. So I created a technique I call Self-Talk. Self-Talk is a straightforward, three-step technique that ensures change. Self-Talk provides a powerful formula, capable of stopping anxiety and depression where it begins—in the thoughts that precede and fertilize these conditions. Self-Talk replaces faulty, destructive, insecuritydriven thinking with healthy, liberated living.
Figuring life out before it happens seems much safer than living unrehearsed. In fact, living life more spontaneously may feel downright reckless. Only with self-trust will you be willing to risk living your life more naturally, more spontaneously, and less rehearsed.
And when you do, it will be without anxiety and depression. Self-Coaching Reflection Anxiety and depression depend on your inability to trust.
Psychological training is no different; it requires repetition and progressive effort. Self-Talk will become the core of your training program, demanding a similar commitment. Training As I continued to develop my program, I found that the concept of training was particularly appealing to my highly motivated anxiety-prone patients. A well-thought-out training program was clearly something they could sink their teeth into. Depressed people face a different challenge.
Depression makes it hard to muster the energy to do anything. How could I motivate depressed patients to want to train? By replacing negative thoughts with more objective, reality-based thinking—separating facts from fictions—Self-Talk, in combination with a coached attitude of optimism, made the difference.
Once patients got a taste of being unstuck, the necessary motivation for continued training was no longer a problem. This training approach to therapy also explains why results are contingent not on therapeutic insights and aha! In contrast, what if you approached the treadmill with a more realistic attitude, combined with a genuine desire to begin training?
Whether in the gym or in therapy, a training approach both requires and teaches three essential things: 1. Patience 2. A realistic understanding of the dynamics of change 3. Understand that the potential for healing, real healing, always resides within you. No one else can. Only you can, and Self-Coaching will teach you how.
Noticing how quickly and easily my patients responded to coaching, I wondered how effective this method would be in a self-help format. Could what I was doing for my patients be presented in a book? Had it not been for a cousin who asked me what she could do for her anxiety, I might not have pursued this possibility. I discussed my technique of SelfTalk with her and gave her a number of the handouts I had prepared for my patients, describing a few simple strategies and exercises.
When she called me a few months later reporting that her anxiety was gone, I was more convinced than ever that coaching could, in fact, make the transition to Self-Coaching.
Maybe I did because it just sounded so impossible—26 miles! Perhaps I just wanted to know whether I had it in me. Whatever the reason, I decided to give it a shot. You just run longer and longer distances, right? Fast-forward six months. The first couple of hours of the marathon were terrific. By the third hour, however, more than halfway through the race and chugging through Queens, my high-fiving long since abandoned, I began to notice a deepening fatigue. Four hours into the race, the Bronx began to fade as all my attention became focused on the squish, squish of blisters.
The fatigue that began ten miles earlier had become all-consuming by the fifth hour as I entered Central Park. My mind was taken over by a survival instinct that sought only to stop the pain and cramping. Somehow, I hung on and finished, five hours and twenty minutes after I had started.
I shuffled through the chutes at the end of the race, trying not to think about the preceding three hours of my life. After recovering for a few months months in which I vowed never, ever to entertain the notion of running another race , I began talking to a friend who had run the same marathon at a much more respectable pace.
No speed work? I realized how terribly flawed my training had been. More months passed. The book explained and analyzed elements of training in a comprehensive program. In spite of my resolve never to think about another marathon, I found myself devouring the book.
I began to understand why my legs had become stiff, why I had cramped, why I had fallen apart the last half of the race, and even why my feet had blistered.
These problems, I learned, could all be eliminated by proper training. Given the right program to follow, it should be possible to overcome the breakdowns that I had experienced. I liked that. I was eager to put my SelfCoaching to the test.
My times have dropped, not by minutes, but by hours. My SelfCoached marathon experiences proved invaluable as I pondered the possibility of putting my experience coaching patients into a Self-Coached format. I began to pay particular attention to the way I worked with my patients, what I told them, how I advised them, and specifically what I was doing that coached success. In this book, I have distilled this information in such a way that a reader wanting to change will be able to succeed. Interestingly, when working with patients, I often hear myself repeating sections from this book word for word.
Although I would hate to make myself obsolete, the truth is that there are fundamental aspects of SelfCoaching that lend themselves quite well to a self-help format.
In certain ways, such as self-reliance and self-empowerment, there are distinct advantages to managing your own Self-Coaching program of change. Our minds, as well as our bodies, deteriorate if we allow ourselves to follow destructive patterns. They are patterned, negative, self-defeating habits. Self-Coaching teaches you two things: 1 how to break the destructive patterns that distort your thinking and leave you vulnerable to depression and anxiety, and 2 how to replace these thoughts of insecurity with self-trust.
Remember, it is the loss of trust with self and with life that underwrites anxiety and depression. Self-Reliance There are obvious advantages to having a personal coach aka therapist , but keep in mind the distinct advantage of Self-Coaching. From the start, you have only yourself to rely on.
Trust me on this: with anxiety and depression, it is absolutely critical to believe in your own resources to heal yourself. The sooner you take full responsibility for your program of change, the sooner you take back your life.
Anyone who insists on looking for a guru, a shrink, a pill, or even a book to do their work will ultimately fail, because no one but you can ever topple your destructive habits.
When you look for someone to heal you, to take care of you, to make you better, then, like a child, you remain without the full potential power of your maturity. It is exactly this power of personal maturity and trust that Self-Coaching promotes. I understand this concern clearly and have made every attempt to anticipate your inertia. You put your back into it, straining every muscle, pushing until finally you begin to feel a slight movement. Then you push a bit more, and the car goes a bit faster, a bit easier.
Objects at rest—and people, and anxiety, and depression—resist movement.
Your initial efforts will be the most difficult, but with proper encouragement, motivation, and direction, inertia can, and will, yield to momentum.
Momentum is that glorious feeling of movement—movement that becomes easier and easier once you get started. This could be any activity: listening to music, looking at a flower, or twiddling your thumbs. If, for example, you decide to wash a dish, wash it with complete attention. Feel the soapy water, the squeak of the dish as you scour it, the dragging of the towel against the damp plate as you dry it. Rather than thinking about what you are doing, try to just feel it. Try to get out of your head and into your experience.
This exercise is an important prelude to the eventual ability of learning to let go of destructive thinking. With practical, daily use, these truths will become more apparent. I recommend that you write down these seven principles on a slip of paper and keep them in your wallet or purse. Occasionally, just read through the list, allowing yourself to absorb them and reflect on them. Principle 1: Everyone Has a Legacy of Insecurity Since no one grows up in a perfect world with perfect parents, being human means growing up with some degree of insecurity.
Children are ill equipped to cope with—much less make sense of— early traumas, conflicts, misunderstandings, or losses. When children feel out of control and vulnerable, they resort to any strategy that offers relief: tantrums, whining, sulking, hiding, whatever works. These are primitive tactics designed to reduce vulnerability by gaining more control.
Although intended to protect you from insecurity, control patterns such as these wind up doing just the opposite: they become the seeds that predispose you to anxiety and depression.
What began as random attempts to ward off insecurity wind up becoming habits that alter your natural personality while diminishing the quality of your life. Differentiating your voice of insecurity from your healthy thinking is the first step to a more mature, liberated, healthy life.
Insecurity is what feeds anxiety and depression, and Self-Talk is what starves them. Are you satisfied? I was worried sick. These investigations were based on hypotheses about how certain known genes influence neurotransmitters such as serotonin and norepinephrine and hormones such as cortisol that are implicated in anxiety.
None of these findings are well replicated. Increasingly, studies of anxiety are using a hypothesis-free approach to look for parts of the genome that are implicated in anxiety using big enough samples to find associations with variants that have small effects. This includes conditions that affect the ability to breathe, like COPD and asthma , and the difficulty in breathing that often occurs near death.
These include alcohol , tobacco , cannabis , sedatives including prescription benzodiazepines , opioids including prescription pain killers and illicit drugs like heroin , stimulants such as caffeine , cocaine and amphetamines , hallucinogens , and inhalants. Acute exposure to toxic levels of benzene may cause euphoria, anxiety, and irritability lasting up to 2 weeks after the exposure.
Anxiety is also linked and perpetuated by the person's own pessimistic outcome expectancy and how they cope with feedback negativity. For example, an overgeneralized belief that something bad "always" happens may lead someone to have excessive fears of even minimally risky situations and to avoid benign social situations due to anticipatory anxiety of embarrassment. In addition, those who have high anxiety can also create future stressful life events.
Such unhealthy thoughts can be targets for successful treatment with cognitive therapy. Psychodynamic theory posits that anxiety is often the result of opposing unconscious wishes or fears that manifest via maladaptive defense mechanisms such as suppression, repression, anticipation, regression, somatization, passive aggression, dissociation that develop to adapt to problems with early objects e. Such conflicts can be targets for successful treatment with psychodynamic therapy.
While psychodynamic therapy tends to explore the underlying roots of anxiety, cognitive behavioral therapy has also been shown to be a successful treatment for anxiety by altering irrational thoughts and unwanted behaviors. Evolutionary psychology[ edit ] An evolutionary psychology explanation is that increased anxiety serves the purpose of increased vigilance regarding potential threats in the environment as well as increased tendency to take proactive actions regarding such possible threats.
This may cause false positive reactions but an individual suffering from anxiety may also avoid real threats. This may explain why anxious people are less likely to die due to accidents. This might indicate that anxiety is a protective mechanism designed to prevent the organism from engaging in potentially harmful behaviors.
Social[ edit ] Social risk factors for anxiety include a history of trauma e. In particular, learning mastery the degree to which people perceive their lives to be under their own control and instrumentality, which includes such traits as self-confidence, independence, and competitiveness fully mediate the relation between gender and anxiety. That is, though gender differences in anxiety exist, with higher levels of anxiety in women compared to men, gender socialization and learning mastery explain these gender differences.
More specifically, in official online photographs of politicians around the world, women's faces are less prominent than men's. The difference in these images actually tended to be greater in cultures with greater institutional gender equality. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.
This apprehension or fear of contact with outgroup members is often called interracial or intergroup anxiety. For instance, increases in schematic processing and simplified information processing can occur when anxiety is high. Indeed, such is consistent with related work on attentional bias in implicit memory.
Trait[ edit ] Anxiety can be either a short-term 'state' or a long-term personality "trait". Trait anxiety reflects a stable tendency across the lifespan of responding with acute, state anxiety in the anticipation of threatening situations whether they are actually deemed threatening or not.
Through experience many find it difficult to collect themselves due to their own personal nature. The first form refers to a choice in which there are multiple potential outcomes with known or calculable probabilities.
The second form refers to the uncertainty and ambiguity related to a decision context in which there are multiple possible outcomes with unknown probabilities. These feelings may cause physical symptoms, such as a fast heart rate and shakiness. There are a number of anxiety disorders: including generalized anxiety disorder , specific phobia , social anxiety disorder , separation anxiety disorder , agoraphobia , panic disorder , and selective mutism.
The disorder differs by what results in the symptoms. People often have more than one anxiety disorder. Counselling is typically with a type of cognitive behavioural therapy.
They affect those between the ages of 15 and 35 the most and become less common after the age of Rates appear to be higher in the United States and Europe. This portrait "conveys an impression of anxiety and weariness, as of a man shouldering heavy [state] responsibilities". As researchers note, "a sense of 'responsibility', or self-agency, in a context of uncertainty probabilistic outcomes drives the neural system underlying appetitive motivation i.
There are various pathways along which this communication can take place. One is through the major neurotransmitters. The HPA axis regulates production of cortisol, a hormone that takes part in the body's stress response. These pathways, as well as the specific effects of individual taxa of microbes, are not yet completely clear, but the communication between the gut microbiome and the brain is undeniable, as is the ability of these pathways to alter anxiety levels.
With this communication comes the potential to treat anxiety. Prebiotics and probiotics have been shown to reduced anxiety. For example, experiments in which mice were given fructo- and galacto-oligosaccharide prebiotics  and Lactobacillus probiotics  have both demonstrated a capability to reduce anxiety.