Are you bombarded by a constant media feed of global terrorism, war, and
rising unemployment rates—and by a mind-numbing array of ads that urge
you to “ask your doctor” about the newest anti-anxiety medications? If
it sometimes feels as if this country is having a collective anxiety
attack, then you won’t be surprised to learn that more than 19 million
Americans suffer from some form of acute anxiety. Download and start listening now!
Poe’s Heart and the Mountain Climber
tackles this situation head-on, with a fresh perspective and a
straightforward approach to exploring and understanding our anxiety
before it paralyzes us.
After interviewing many experts on
anxiety, and reflecting on his own many years treating anxious patients
(as well as experiencing more than a few anxious moments himself), Dr.
Richard Restak has organized this book around one primary principal: the
best way to manage anxiety in these anxious times is to learn about it
and put that learning to practical use. His message is vital and
empowering: anxiety is not a mental illness that must require
medication, but often a normal, biological response to stress.
is part of our genetic makeup. We wouldn’t be alive today if our
ancestors had lacked the ability to anticipate dangers and threats.
Anxiety is as natural a part of our existence as breathing, eating, or
sleeping, and it is closely linked to our powers of reasoning. Unlike
any other species, only we are able to envision future possibilities. As
a result, we aren’t tethered to the here and now, but can imaginatively
anticipate the good things that might happen to us. But we can also
envision the bad things and, as a result, experience anxiety. We can’t
have one without the other. Anxiety, therefore, isn’t something to be
eliminated but, rather, something to be understood. Anxiety is only
undesirable when it becomes extreme.
This groundbreaking book
teaches us to view anxiety not as a burden, but as a stimulus for
greater accomplishment and enhanced self-knowledge. We will function at
our best when we stop working to deny our anxiety or trying to escape it
and instead learn to accept its presence in our lives and transform it
into the positive, creative energy from which it stems.