'A redeeming way to look at the condition, as not merely a burden but ultimately a blessing ... unexpectedly moving ... validating and hopeful' Guardian
'An incredible paradigm shift in how we view anxiety' Dr Nicole LePera, author of international bestseller How to Do the Work
Anxiety. It's all in your head, right? Wrong.
Psychiatrist Dr Ellen Vora challenges the conventional view of anxiety as a mental disorder, suggesting instead that much of what we call anxiety begins in the body. Rather than our troubled thoughts creating physical symptoms, she argues that many types of anxiety are the result of states of imbalance in our bodies, whether blood sugar crashes, caffeine highs or sleep deprivation.
Her clinical observation shows this type of anxiety is far more preventable than we may realise, responding almost immediately to straightforward adjustments to diet and lifestyle.
Backed by the latest scientific research and Dr Vora's own clinical work, The Anatomy of Anxiety offers a fresh, much needed look at mental health, offering actionable strategies for managing our moods.
She further argues that other forms of anxiety, when listened to and honoured instead of suppressed, can be seen as a course correction to help nudge us back to a more balanced life.
In her groundbreaking book, Dr Vora walks beside us through a healing process to reframe our relationship with anxiety, creating a more joyful and fulfilled life.
Holistic psychiatrist Vora outlines anxiety's effects on mental and physical health in her thought-provoking debut, exploring the physiological sources of anxiety and offering practical guidance to help mitigate symptoms. "Anxiety that hypervigilant feeling that escalates swiftly to a sense of catastrophe and doom is as grounded in the body as it is in the mind," she notes. She teaches readers how to take anxiety inventories (can one's mood be explained by overcaffeination? dehydration?), avoid unnecessary stress by stabilizing blood sugar levels, rein in social media use, and alter one's diet to lessen anxiety (healthy fats are your friends). Vora acknowledges that in some situations anxiety is inevitable and offers strategies for coping with it, such as deep breathing, counting backward by sevens, and exercise ("Mother Nature's Xanax"). The sensible, easy-to-implement advice is delivered in a reassuring tone and is backed up with solid medical rationales from Vora's professional practice. Readers struggling with anxiety would do well to seek out this first-rate primer. Agent: John Maas, Park & Fine Literary and Media.