What Happened to Make You Anxious?
How to Uncover the Little “t” Traumas that Drive Your Anxiety, Worry, and Fear
by Jaime Castillo
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Pub Date 07 Jul 2022 | Archive Date 01 Jun 2022
New Harbinger Publications, Inc., New Harbinger
Listen up! It’s time to change the way you manage your anxiety—by working with it rather than against it. This revolutionary guide provides the key to understanding the root cause of your anxiety, so you can break free from its grip.
Let’s face it: anxiety can interfere with every single aspect of your life, from work and family to relationships and finances. Left unchecked, the cycle of anxiety reinforces and perpetuates itself over time, and can leave you feeling paralyzed with fear. You’ve probably attempted to “get rid of” or “outrun” your anxiety, only to find your symptoms growing even stronger. What you need is a new way to deal with anxiety: one that emphasizes listening to what your anxiety is trying to tell you.
In What Happened to Make You Anxious?, anxiety expert Jaime Castillo offers a whole new approach; one that focuses less on avoiding or extinguishing anxiety, and more toward understanding and working with it to create a fulfilling, meaningful life. You’ll learn how your anxiety is connected to what Castillo refers to as “little ‘t’ traumas”—seemingly small, unhealed traumas from your past that drive your fear and worry, so you can get to the root of your anxiety and start healing.
Your anxiety works overtime communicating perceived threats; this book will show you how to listen to anxiety, discern which threats are real, which don’t fit the actual facts of the situation, and which are triggered by past events. Once you and your anxiety are on the same page, anxiety will loosen its grip—freeing you up to live with clarity, confidence, and serenity.
You’ve tried managing it on your own. You may have even received treatment. If you’re at your wit’s end when it comes to your anxiety, this book will show you a new path toward lasting relief.
“I have read a lot of books about anxiety, and I can say without a doubt that What Happened to Make You Anxious? is the only book on the topic that I couldn’t put down. Jaime explains the many realities of anxiety plus what you can do about it in a relatable, interesting, and applicable way. If you struggle with anxiety, don’t skip this one.”
—Elizabeth Earnshaw, LMFT, author of I Want This to Work, clinical fellow of the AAMFT, creator of @lizlistens on Instagram, and cofounder of A Better Life Therapy
“What Happened to Make You Anxious by Jaime Castillo is truly an incredible resource for folks struggling with anxiety and underlying little ‘t’ traumas! This book will help you to change your relationship to anxiety and live life according to your true values. Jaime helps you to explore not just your anxiety symptoms, but also the underlying function of your anxiety. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who is feeling consumed by their anxiety and looking to improve their relationship with it!”
—Jennifer Rollin, LCSW-C, therapist, founder of The Eating Disorder Center, and coauthor of The Inside Scoop on Eating Disorder Recovery
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