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Anxious ➿ [Download] ➽ Anxious By Joseph E. LeDoux ➵ – Thomashillier.co.uk “ Anxious helps to explain and prevent the kinds of debilitating anxieties all of us face in this increasingly stressful world” —Daniel J Levitin author of  The Organized Mind and  This Is Yo “ Anxious helps to explain and prevent the kinds of debilitating anxieties all of us face in this increasingly stressful world” —Daniel J Levitin author of  The Organized Mind and  This Is Your Brain On MusicA comprehensive and accessible exploration of anxiety from a leading neuroscientist and the author of Synaptic SelfCollectively anxiety disorders are our most prevalent psychiatric problem affecting about forty million adults in the United States In Anxious Joseph LeDoux whose NYU lab has been at the forefront of research efforts to understand and treat fear and anxiety explains the range of these disorders their origins and discoveries that can restore sufferers to normalcyLeDoux’s groundbreaking premise is that we’ve been thinking about fear and anxiety in the wrong way These are not innate states waiting to be unleashed from the brain but experiences that we assemble cognitively Treatment of these problems must address both their conscious manifestations and underlying non conscious processes While knowledge about how the brain works will help us discover new drugs LeDoux argues that the greatest breakthroughs may come from using brain research to help reshape psychotherapyA major work on our most pressing mental health issue Anxious explains the science behind fear and anxiety disorders.

  • Hardcover
  • 480 pages
  • Anxious
  • Joseph E. LeDoux
  • English
  • 08 March 2016
  • 9780670015337

10 thoughts on “Anxious

  1. Jim Fix Jim Fix says:

    This book is way way too difficult for undergraduates and beyond most graduate students It is really a very prolonged professional journal article The first two chapters or so are excellent about our thinking in general But these are followed by 200 pages of multiple arguments on why scientists should not believe animals have emotions These become tedious and pedantic dwindling to long angel on pinheads like arguments These may mean something for whomever the author is trying to convince but for most of us we really have other viewpoints And 200 pages And in all of this Anxiety is really lost The author gives some suggestions about treatment in the last six pages If these were recommendations on general health they would add up to don't smoke not too much drinking and eat your vegetables For all the arduous reading I get that?

  2. Troy Blackford Troy Blackford says:

    You could look at this book's title two ways You could say that it is inaptly named as over 35ths of the book don't even deal with the topic directly and instead provide the needed background for you to understand the final fifth of the book which does treat on the topic Or conversely you could say that it has the PERFECT title because 'Anxious' is exactly how you'll feel as you wade through hundreds of dense dry pages waiting for the topic to swing back around to anxietyThe first chunk of the book discusses the physical response of fear He explains in the beginning that he decided to write a science book 'for popular consumption' after finding the process of writing a college textbook unpleasantly collaborative That's fine but don't mistake this book for a 'popular science' book It is heavily laced with specialist terms It is rather a book for an audience of professional psychologists or upper level psychology students and it reads like the textbook he wasn't happy with writingMuch of the middle sixty percent of the book has nothing to do with the topic at hand other than to provide essential background to understanding his theories on anxiety that he presents at the end This is fine but I have a feeling there are many who bought a book purporting to be for casual readers with such a grippingly applicable title as 'Anxious' because they expected something a bit accessible and tinged for non experts This instead is a presentation on theories on how therapists and lab researchers can advance the field of anxiety treatment A worthy goal but selling this as a 'popular science' book is a bit of a scamThe unconditioned stimulus is having my money taken in a ruse The conditioned stimulus is buying a book by Joseph E LeDoux The unconditioned response is feeling 'had' And the conditioned response is increased wariness the next time I see his name on a spine

  3. Michelle Michelle says:

    Author neuroscientist a distinguished professor at New York University Dr Joseph E Ledoux presents Anxious Using The Brain to Understand and Treat Fear and Anxiety this is an authoratitive technical reference with statistics scientific data and studies also diagrams and illustrations and the author's observations concerning the topics of brain studies and the relation to a world of fear and anxiety Dr Ledoux is also the author of Synaptic Self How Our Brains Become Who We Are 2003 and The Emotional Brain The Mysterious Underpinnings of Emotional Life 1998 he lives in Brooklyn NYMental health professional agree that anxiety and related disorders are the highest and most problematic concerns affecting 40 million Americans In eleven informative chapters all aspects related to the study of anxiety related to cultural anxiety and fear the emotional and defensive brain brain reaction to danger inherited emotional states from animals and ancestors memory the affects of consciousness and emotions The later chapters deal with diagnostic and the problems with antianxiety drug research scientific classifications in the DSM and changing the anxious brain and therapy related to laboratory studyresearchThe book has to be read in small doses and is orientated towards student or expert research or technical studies rather than the average reader It still has many interesting parts and with the illustration graphs charts etc the material is easier to understand and less dull I learned a great deal about anxious people and realimagined threats worry related anxiety disorders affect women than men and cognitive behavior techniues can improve and treat symptoms of anxiety disorders Many thanks and much appreciation Viking BooksPenguin Random House for the ARC of this book for the purpose of review

  4. Jonathan Jonathan says:

    I certainly agree with his key point that the use of the word fear to describe both the non conscious defence systems in the brain as well as the conscious emotion has led to a bit of a mess You can basically get the whole point of the book in this article

  5. Bernie Gourley Bernie Gourley says:

    This book examines the neuroscience of anxiety though psychology also makes a prominent appearance in the discussion – particularly toward the end of the book It’s written by one of the top researchers in the field emotional neuroscience though LeDoux discusses the work of other labs comparing and contrasting their work with that of his own and thus giving an idea of the fault lines in the field By that I mean the uestions that remain in dispute not who hates whom The book addresses a number of key uestions such as How does brain activity result in the emotional experience? How do conscious emotional feelings relate to and interact with non conscious responses to threatening stimuli? Is the human emotional experience a hand over from animal ancestors or a uniuely human condition? How effective are drug based versus psycho therapeutic approaches to anxiety disorders? What has been learned about extinguishing anxious responses to threatening stimuli? Needless to say this book doesn’t answer all the uestions as many of the uestions – particularly those regarding consciousness – remain to be definitively answered It does offer a great overview of the state of understanding in the present day I won’t present a chapter by chapter outline but rather a look at the book’s general flow LeDoux starts by laying groundwork and in this case that means clarifying the relationship between fear and anxiety While the former often captures the imagination because of its dramatic and traumatic causes the latter is of a concern as its grinding long term effects can cripple the immune system and have other adverse effects The early chapters also discuss what has been learned about how emotions are formed in the brain and how views about this have changed over time Chapter five is where LeDoux explores the relationship between animal emotionality and human emotional life This is an important subject as it relates to the uestion of whether research with animals can teach us anything relevant to the human experience As it has become progressively difficult to conduct any research that causes human subjects any emotional distress this uestion may be instrumental to making progress in the field Chapters six through eight are interconnected by the uestion of consciousness Chapter six discusses the nature of consciousness which remains one of the most slippery and least understood concepts in the natural world Chapter seven delves into memory and consciousness – an important topic as anxious responses can be viewed as learned responses and this begs the uestion of unlearning Memory will later be revisited with respect to the uestion of whether it’s possible to erase painful or anxiety inducing memories ala “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” – based on work that came out of LeDoux’s lab – and if so whether it’s a good idea The final consciousness chapter gets into consciousness of emotion specifically as opposed to all the other thoughts and feelings of which one can be consciously aware The last three chapters are also interconnected by movement from the uestion of how is anxiety felt experienced to the uestion of what one can do about it The first of these chapters discusses an epidemic of anxiety entitled “40 million anxious minds” and that refers to the US alone and what has been learned about drug based treatments As it happens drug based treatments haven’t proven reliably effective leaving plenty of room for other approaches eg psychotherapy This fact is the basis for the last two chapters that discuss different approaches to extinguishing the connection between a stimulus and the anxious response The first of theses chapters ch10 is general and the last chapter dives deep into the research that has been done in recent years Chapter 11 also offers a nice discussion of how breath exercises and meditation can be instrumental in reducing the adverse effects of anxiety As would be expected of a scholarly work the book is heavily annotated has an extensive bibliography and uses a great number of graphics in an attempt to lend clarity I would put this work in the same category as the works of Robert Sapolsky That is to say it resides in a space between the level of detail usually seen in works of popular science and that which is seen in textbooks for specialists That is to say LeDoux does get into some detail and this isn’t a light read for anyone without a heavy duty background in biological sciences That said if you have a basic scientific literacy and or don’t care too much about the fine detail it’s by no means impossibly dense When it’s not diving into the various brain regions and neuronal pathways it’s uite readable I’d recommend this book for anyone who is interested in a detailed look at how anxiety arises and how it can be uelled

  6. Marcelo Bujak Marcelo Bujak says:

    This is one of the best books I have ever read I remember being very excited about it when I began reading it but also to be very surprised at the low rating it had here on Goodreads Reading people's comments and now having read the book myself have helped me to understand why it was in myo opinion underrated First of all this book is not for the general public in my opinion It is very technical and goes way beyond what you see in textbooks of psychology and neuroscience on topics of emotions It goes as far as theories of consciousness and memory research to discuss anxiety states as autonoetic consciousness states thus not assuming that mere defensive mechanisms of the brain are solely responsible for anxiety states If you don't have some knowledge and interest in memory and theories of consicousness and want just a straightforward definition of anxiety this book is certainly not for you Second if you suffer from anxiety and seek a self help book this book is not for you either since it is much concerned with the scientific debate surrounding anxiety I recommend in this case some cognitive therapy books made specially for patients such as anxiety free or the worry cure by Robert Leahy As a graduate student in Psychology this was very helpful for me and gave me immensely valuable ideias for my research project I highly recommend it to everyone interested in the scientific study of anxiety from a cognitive neuroscience standpoint

  7. Margaret Margaret says:

    I won this book on Goodreads Firstreads in exchange for a review I wanted to read this book because from the synopsis I thought that it was a self help book for people suffering from anxiety As someone with Hasimhimoto's syndrome my hormones often mess with my brain and cause anxiety including panic attacks Not fun Well This book seems to be along the lines of a textbook on the history and study of anxiety I'm not saying that it wasn't interesting in its own way but it just wasn't helpful At all I felt like I was back in school and should have been highlighting passages and taking notes for a uiz You may want to consider this book if you are looking for a textbook for a class you are teaching but if you are a layperson not so much

  8. Susan Morton Susan Morton says:

    This detailed book about anxiety keeps putting me to sleep If nothing else it is curing my insomnia I will make myself finish it though in hopes that the text will pull me as it goes alongaug 21 2015 gave up can not finish this

  9. Shelley Shelley says:

    I found this as an audiobook at the library and expected it to be an easy read that a lay person AKA non psychologist could understand Boy was I pleasantly surprised that it instead was a book for an already knowledgeable professional This book details the physiological and neurological processes that create develop and perpetuate anxiety and was heavy on neuroanatomy and neuroscience as it was written by a man who has studied such If you are looking for a self help book go elsewhere If you are looking for a scientific basis for understanding and treating anxiety this is for you

  10. D Finch D Finch says:

    This is a great science book It gets pretty technical at times and reuires a bit of careful reading and it's most definitely not a self help book but it did a good job explaining some interesting brain circuitry and its relevance to the treatment of anxiety disorders Also an interesting discussion of consciousness His arguments are aimed mostly at other professionals scientists therapists but it's accessible enough for the general reader if you're interested in the science and don't mind making a bit of an effort

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