In Anxiety Free, Robert L. Leahy, Ph.D., best selling author of The Worry Cure, looks at the origin of anxiety and teaches us how to outsmart our fears for a less stressful life. Anxiety is part of our biological heritage. Our ancestors lived in a world filled with life-threatening dangers, and it was in the face of these dangers that the human psyche evolved. Fear was protective, and to survive, our ancestors' minds were programmed rules of reaction were passed through the generations and now keep us in the grip of anxiety. We no longer live in the primitive world that created our fears, but we operate as if we're still running from tigers, fighting starvation, and risking incurable disease. To break free from the tyranny of anxiety, we need to rewrite these preprogrammed rules. In Anxiety Free, Leahy addresses the six recognized anxiety disorders-specific phobia, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder and offers simple step-by-step techniques for confronting and overcoming our specific anxieties.
Using Leahy's methods, which are based on the best psychological treatments available, we can work towards a life free from the apprehension, tension, and avoidance associated with anxiety.
Robert L. Leahy, Ph.D., is recognized as one of the most respected cognitive therapists, and is known internationally as a leading writer and speaker in the field cognitive therapy. For 25 years, Leahy has been practicing this revolutionary treatment to help free his patients from their struggle with anxiety. He holds a number of high-ranking positions in his field, including director of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy, president of the International Association of Cognitive Psychotherapy, president of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and president of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He is the author and editor of 15 books, including the best-selling The Worry Cure; and has been featured in The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Forbes, Fortune, Newsweek, Psychology Today, Washington Post, Redbook, Shape, First for Women, Women's Health, Self, and USA Today Magazine. He has also appeared on national and local radio and television including 20/20, Good Morning America, and The Early Show.