Anxiety Disorders

Brain Science, Mind-Body Connections, and Healing

by Marwa Azab


Anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorders in the United States, affecting at least 40 million people, or nearly one in every five aged 18 or older.

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October 2021


Pages 160
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Psychology/Abnormal
  Health & Wellness/Diseases and Conditions
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A neuroscientist explains how anxiety is fueled by genetic, biochemical, and anatomical factors, why treatments work or don't, and what anxious people can do themselves to stop the cycle.

Anxiety disorders affect more than 18 percent of the U.S. population, and many treatments—from talk therapy to medications—prove ineffective. In this volume, neuroscientist and author Marwa Azab explains how and why an understanding of neuroscience, when combined with talk therapy, is the most effective, safe, and non-addictive approach to reach healing and freedom from anxiety.

In this call for a combination of talk therapy and neuropsychological approaches, Azab explains how genetic, biochemical, and anatomical factors in the brain play a role in anxiety. Understanding those—as well as the physical effects of lifestyle factors including nutrition and sleep—could be the "missing link" that would make talk therapy far more effective, she says. Written in the uncomplicated language she uses in her lectures for beginning college students at California State University, Azab aims to make this science accessible to all adult readers.


  • Details the difference between normal anxiety and Anxiety Disorders
  • Uses case studies to illustrate neuroscience principles and research
  • Offers an introduction to the brain, genetics, and biochemical and lifestyle habits that predispose one to anxiety and fuel its experience and cycle
  • Explains the damage that stress hormones do to the body
Author Info

Marwa Azab, PhD, is a neuroscientist who also holds degrees in research psychology and counseling psychology. She is a lecturer at California State University and operates a Psychology Today blog on neuroscience in everyday life. She has designed and presented seminars on Brain-Based Therapy and Practical Neuroscience for medical and mental health professionals. She has been a speaker at conferences across the U.S., Canada, Singapore, and the Middle East. Azab has also served a total of 10 years as adjunct professor at the University of California, Irvine, and Golden West College, Huntington Beach.

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