Poe's Heart and the Mountain Climber
Exploring the Effect of Anxiety on Our Brains and Our Culture
By Richard Md Restak
(Three Rivers Press, Paperback, 9781400048519, 256pp.)
Publication Date: November 22, 2005
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In Poe’s Heart and the Mountain Climber, neuropsychiatrist and bestselling author Richard Restak takes an in-depth look at the science of anxiety, offering a fresh perspective and a straightforward approach to exploring and understanding our anxiety before it paralyzes us. In clear, accessible language, Restak addresses such pivotal questions as:
• How does anxiety differ from fear and stress?
• Which areas of the brain are associated with anxiety?
• Do we actually need a certain level of anxiety in order to be creative and live life to the fullest?
With the help of this fascinating and practical book, we can learn how to control daily anxieties that plague our lives and discover new ways to harness the positive effects of this often misunderstood condition.
Richard Restak, M.D., is a neurologist, neuropsychiatrist, and clinical professor of neurology at George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He is the bestselling author of thirteen acclaimed books about the brain, including Mozart’s Brain and the Fighter Pilot.
“Pulls seamlessly from psychology, medicine, history, and popular culture to explore anxiety from all angles and offer advice on managing it.” —O, The Oprah Magazine