Tsilimparis is a therapist who has himself experienced anxiety His book brings autobiographical elements from his own experience of illness and the patients he has treated Unfortunately I found neither subject matter particularly interesting Beyond that it is a middle of the road book on cognitive therapy or primarily generalized anxiety and neuroticisms It is an average and somewhat boring book that is unlikelie to separate itself from other similar books It may be of value to a particular subset of patients.
Control Anxiety Before It BeginsTrouble Sleeping, Panic Attacks, Knots In Your Stomach, Excessive Worry, Doubts, Phobias Anxiety Comes In Many Shapes And Sizes, And Affects Millions Of People But You Don T Have To Suffer Any In Retrain Your Anxious Brain, Renowned Therapist And Anxiety Expert John Tsilimparis, MFT, Shares The Groundbreaking Program He S Created To Help Hundreds Of People Himself Included Free Themselves From Crippling Anxiety And Live Healthier, Happier Lives This book was truly a powerful gift I felt connected to each example and doing the exercises from later chapters helped me unearth things about myself that i have to face head on for proper healing I wish i had read this sooner, and i wish i could go back in time to leverage these strategies to not hurt the ones i love most.
It takes a great act of courage to love someone enough to help them find peace and healing I am truly very thankful for the greatest gift of love i received in order to delve deep into myself and face my anxiety and depression head on No matter whether you love someone with anxiety or struggle with it yourself, this is a book i will read again and again and i encourage you to do the same.
This book is an excellent resource for anyone wanting to learn how to grapple their anxieties I learned some great techniques and have seen a significant improvement in my my life This book discusses some breathing techniques in the very last chapter and coincidentally I was already practicing meditation So encourage those to either start doing this with the book from the beginning or after the book is completed If you can stick with this journey, you will see results I found this writing to be very cold and bleak at times, like Ayn Rand of the therapy world Also there wasn t very much in here that wasn t just pop CBT.
I ve read a lot of self help books, I try to think of it as a hobby so when I saw this available free from Netgalley for the price of an honest review I thought, what s one If you ve ever suffered from anxiety you know you d love to just Retrain Your Anxious Brain , but you also know that if it was that easy, you probably would have done so already You also know you re still willing to give it one try.
Anxiety can sort of be summed up as getting your hand stuck in a jar except your thoughts are your hand and the jar is a fixed thought, usually a fear based one, that while not usually rational, won t go away, in fact, often it just keeps getting bigger and persistent as you try to get rid of it Is this book going to be a magical cure for anxiety Not even close, but it was interesting and well written with some good ideas about challenging yourself, altering those fixed thoughts, adjusting your thinking, and consciously creating your own reality Maybe I ve just read so many of these self help books that the ideas didn t seem all that different than others.
So the question remains, can your Retrain Your Anxious Brain While I ve had some luck, it s still something I struggle with, it s a marathon, not a sprint.
I received this book free as part of the Goodreads First Reads giveaway John Tsilimparis is not only a therapist specializing in anxiety disorders, he is a sufferer as well The fact that this book was written from the perspective of a person with an anxiety disorder made the advice seem much genuine In this book the psychological aspects of anxiety the thought processes, values, etc.
as well as the physical symptoms are explained So many of the examples given of his patients resonate and are easily identified with.
I suffer from panic disorder and I would recommend this book to anyone else who experiences an anxiety disorder, as well as anyone with low self esteem It really did help me stop to think about what I was doing to exacerbate my anxiety and how I can change my thinking to improve my overall mental health What I learned in this book has already come in handy in my own life during a week of increased anxiety The only real con is that it does not offer help for those suffering from a panic attack as the information in the book is preventive.
Reading this book was quite a personal revelation, but I have to admit that my enjoyment of this book was greatly limited by my offense at the way the authors went about their subject It is a frequent criticism and complaint of mine that many books on anxiety want to promote Buddhist thinking rather than wrestle with the biblical approach to dealing with anxiety through faith and hope and moral courage This book gave some rather pointed examples of why it is that so many books about anxiety fail to satisfy by taking the negative tendencies I have long noted in many volumes on anxiety and taking those failures to extremes This book is quite possibly the worst book I have ever read on the subject of anxiety, and its failures are illustrative in how one should not write a book on the subject of anxiety and how one should not approach the subject of mental health in general In fact, the stunning lack of self awareness on the part of this book s authors made them appear not only to be tools, but to be immense hypocrites as well.
Containing a bit than 200 pages, this book is made up of twelve chapters between its introduction and the usual bibliography, index, and acknowledgments sections The authors begin with a discussion on understanding anxiety 1 After this they seek for the reader to identify their personal belief system 2 without any recognition or acknowledgment of universal moral standards After this the authors seek to challenge consensus reality 3 but apparently not their own consensus and attack the dualistic mind of good and evil 4 while not addressing their own black and white judgmental attitude, naturally The authors urge the reader to rise beyond the illusion of control 5 and urge readers to be accountable to themselves 6 , yet without the illusion of control, let us remember After this the authors urge people to create their own reality 7 and solidify the sense of self 8 that few people seem to lack in our bumptious and self absorbed age The authors urge extreme acceptance despite not being accepting of conservatives or genuinely religious people themselves 9 , while encouraging the reader to reduce anxiety in intimate relationships assuming one has them 10 Finally, the authors close the book with chapters on how to maintain anxiety reduction 11 , and making peace with one s anxiety through surrender 12.
While this book was certainly among the worst books I have read in psychology, and that is a tough competition, even reading bad books has its worth The book would have been a lot better if the authors had been savvy in handling their various pet agendas Most psychology books are written to promote a particular approach to mental health, but few authors have as many unwholesome and worthless agendas to pursue as these authors, as they demonstrate an immense hostility to Judeo Christian thought and practice that demonstrates an immensely warped mind, a desire to condemn closemindedness, but only that on the right and not on the left which they strongly identify with , and a solipsism that encourages the worst tendencies of contemporary culture for people to create their own reality and to deny unpleasant realities or recognize that no one else is under any obligation to respect that which is a self created and fictive reality, whether in identity politics or anything else While this book is bad, it is bad in useful ways, letting the reader know that there are people who fancy themselves experts on matters of psychological importance who have no clue how hypocritical they are and how much their writing serves to embarrass them as being without worthwhile insight even about one of the most noteworthy mental health crises of our time.
This book is part memoir and part guide to handling certain types of anxiety.
I found much of this book didn t apply to me personally, but the duelistic mind section was very interesting, definitely my favorite part of the book.