The Science Of Anxiety

WHY DO WE WORRY OURSELVES SICK? BECAUSE THE BRAIN IS HARDWIRED FOR FEAR, AND SOMETIMES IT SHORT-CIRCUITS

It's 4 a.m., and you're wide awake--palms sweaty, heart racing. You're worried about your kids. Your aging parents. Your 401(k). Your health. Your sex life. Breathing evenly beside you, your spouse is oblivious. Doesn't he--or she--see the dangers that lurk in every shadow? He must not. Otherwise, how could he, with all that's going on in the world, have talked so calmly at dinner last night about flying to Florida for a vacation?

How is it that two people facing the same circumstances can react so differently? Why are some folks buffeted by the vicissitudes of life while others glide through...

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