Almost Anxious

Luana Marques with Eric Metcalf. Hazelden, $14.95 trade paper (325p) ISBN 978-1-61649-447-6
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.)
Reviewed on: 10/07/2013
Release date: 10/01/2013
Show other formats
Book - 321 pages - 978-1-61649-469-8
Open Ebook - 1 pages - 978-1-306-44550-4
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Email Address


Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.