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Take Control of Your Anxiety by Laurie-Ann O'Connor, Harold Shinitzky, Chris Cortman

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Introduction

There must be 17,632 books on anxiety. So why another one? Time magazine recently declared that anxiety has two faces: “it can paralyze you—or help you move faster. New science is revealing more about the upside of angst.”1 But to the rest of us, when the race is to make it to dinnertime without losing our tempers, jobs, or minds over the stress-ors we juggle, anxiety is no friend.

Anxiety disorders are the new common cold of mental illness, replacing depression as the most oft-diagnosed emotional disorder. The world is faster paced, more complicated, more diverse, and more competitive than ever. It’s virtually impossible to traverse your 80 or more years of life without experiencing an overload of anxiety symptoms at some point, ...

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