Release Date - January 2015 Catherine M. Pittman Elizabeth M. Karle New Harbinger Publications Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth I know a lot about anxiety and panic attacks. First, they run in my family. I've had them, my mom did for many years, my maternal grandmother did, and so do many of my aunts. Sadly, my own children have also had them. Therefore, I picked up Rewire Your Anxious Brain to see what these experts would have to say. After many botched attempts at using medications - from beta blockers to antidepressants - I sought a therapy that would get me off these horrible pills and all their side effects. Instead, I spent many months in therapy, and the book my psychiatrist had me read included many of the exercises and techniques presented in Rewire Your Anxious Brain . Not every method works for every person. While yoga, Tai Chi, and deep breathing work for me, they didn't help my son at all. He found positive self-talk techniques were far better for his n
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