Synopses & Reviews
It's only human to worry about problems in our lives--but for some of us, obsessing for weeks and months, or avoiding social situations due to feelings of panic, can become regular habits. If any of these describe you or a loved one, it could be "almost anxiety."
Those of us who are "almost anxious" may never address the issue because we don't fully meet the diagnostic criteria for an anxiety disorder. In <>Almost Anxious, Luana Marques, PhD, describes the spectrum of these symptoms, from normal situational anxiety on one end to a full-blown diagnosable anxiety disorder on the other. Drawing on case studies and the latest research, she gives you the tools toassess whether your or a loved one's worry is a problemgain insight on how to intervene with a loved onediscover proven strategies to change unhealthy feelings of distressgauge the physical, psychological, and social impact of your anxiety symptomsdetermine when and how to get professional help if needed
"This consummately researched manual on the anxiety spectrum is one in a series of books by Harvard Medical School faculty on 'the Almost Effect' namely, the zone between normal behavior and pathology. The clear language used here is geared toward the psychology novice. Using the graphic Yerkes-Dodson curve, Marques defines the almost zone of anxiety as occurring to the right of flow in which moderate anxiety leads to increased performance and to the left of too-high anxiety levels that trigger disorders. Employing self-assessment tools in consort with case studies, she effectively highlights subtle distinctions between points on the nervousness gamut. Via the same approach, she substantiates the need and way to determine one's almost anxious 'flavor,' be it physical, social, or worry-related. Including sample dialogue, she demonstrates the process of digging down to the point of separation between anxiety-arousing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Next, Marques segues naturally into the 'how' of healing. She discusses the ways physical activity, investment in an intimate social network, and mindfulness-raising exercises can chip away at the debilitating effects of too much anxiety. Both comprehensive and comprehensible, this manual serves as a robust aid to those stuck in anxiety's gray area. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Luana Marques, Ph.D.
is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and a licensed clinical psychologist in the department of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. At MGH she also directs Psychotherapy Research and Training as well as the Hispanic and Clinical Research Programs at the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders.
Eric Metcalf, MPH, is an Indianapolis-based medical writer, editor, and health educator. He has authored or contributed to dozens of books on health and fitness, including the best-selling Doctors Book of Home Remedies line and other popular book franchises. He has also contributed to several magazines, including Prevention and Better Homes and Gardens, and health websites, such as Health.com. He has a degree in journalism from the University of MissouriColumbia and a masters in public health.