The Anatomy of Anxiety

Understanding and Overcoming the Body's Fear Response

by Ellen Vora

On Sale: 03/15/2022

The Anatomy of Anxiety

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The Anatomy of Anxiety

Understanding and Overcoming the Body's Fear Response

by Ellen Vora

On Sale: 03/15/2022


About the Book

From acclaimed psychiatrist Dr. Ellen Vora comes a groundbreaking approach to understanding how anxiety manifests in the body and mind—and how we can overcome it.

More than 40 million Americans suffer from anxiety in any given year, a number that has only increased as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Like most mental health issues, conventional medicine tends to view anxiety as a “neck up” problem; that is, a problem of brain chemistry and psychology.

In The Anatomy of Anxiety, Dr. Ellen Vora offers nothing less than a paradigm shift in the way we understand anxiety and mental health, suggesting that the symptoms of anxiety are the result of various physiologic inputs—it is a whole-body condition, not simply a brain condition. In her clinical work, Dr. Vora has found time and again that the discomfort of anxiety can often be traced to seemingly unrelated imbalances, such as low blood sugar, inadequate sleep, overuse of technology, and inflammation. The good news is that this body-based anxiety, or, as Dr. Vora terms it, “false anxiety,” is eminently treatable.

Once the physiologic roots of anxiety are addressed, Dr. Vora reframes the remaining discomfort not as a pathology to label but rather a signal to heed. This “true anxiety” alerts us to the fact that something else is out of balance—in our bodies, our lives, our relationships, in the world. This anxiety, Dr. Vora suggests, is vital to our wellbeing; it keeps us focused on our goals, helping us recalibrate when we’re out of alignment with our life’s work. We can learn simple strategies for tuning into this anxiety and allowing it to protect and guide us.

As informative as it is practical, The Anatomy of Anxiety reframes our understanding of and relationship with anxiety, allowing for healing, growth, and joy.

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Critical Praise

“What sweet salve - for anxiety to be seen as the ‘beginning of inquiry’, not as a broken state. Thank you, Ellen, for leading us on this new, somatic, integrated, and vibrant journey with your expertise and your mindfully curated lived experience.” - Sarah Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of First, We Make the Beast Beautiful 

"Anxiety keeps your life small. Dr. Vora's approach will get you out of your head and into your body, relationships, and lifestyle by dismantling anxiety (big and small) for good." - Melissa Urban, CEO and co-founder of Whole30 

“In a time when anxiety is at an all-time high, my esteemed colleague Dr. Ellen Vora’s timing and message with this book is impeccable. This brilliant work offers us a holistic approach to anxiety that is thoughtful and comprehensive yet imbued with a beautiful grace and heart just like it’s author.” - Dr. Will Cole, leading functional medicine expert, New York Times bestselling author of Intuitive Fasting 

“Dr. Ellen Vora is the rare psychiatrist who moves past the prescription pad to probe the underlying factors that contribute to these pervasive feelings of uneasiness. This is a hopeful guide to anxiety, one that addresses the ingredients of this complicated stew and offers tactical advice for unwinding its death-grip on our minds and lives.” - Elise Loehnen, former CCO of goop and host of the Pulling the Thread podcast


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063075092
  • ISBN 10: 0063075091
  • Imprint: Harper Wave
  • On Sale: 03/15/2022
  • Pages: 352
  • List Price:35.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health
  • BISAC2 : SELF-HELP / Mood Disorders / General
  • BISAC3 : SELF-HELP / General

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