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Freeing Yourself from Anxiety: An Interview With Tamar Chansky, PhD


Do we know anyone without it?

I mean, yes, some people don’t admit to having it. But it is assumed these days that if you have a pulse, you have anxiety.

One of my best teachers on this topic is Tamar Chansky, a clinical psychologist and one of the nation’s leading experts on anxiety disorders. She is the acclaimed author of several books, including Freeing Your Child from Anxiety, and the founder and director of the Children’s and Adult Center for OCD and Anxiety.

I am a huge fan of her work. I think I was introduced to it by my therapist, when I was terrified that my son would end up with a brain like mine. And then, through blogging, I came to know Dr. Chansky on a personal level, and she has impressed me even more so, because she communicates in a language I can understand! It’s great!

Her first few books were geared toward children’s anxiety and negative thoughts, but the same wisdom she offers for kids works for adults too. In fact, I have always applied her kids’ advice to me.

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Freeing Yourself from Anxiety: An Interview With Tamar Chansky, PhD

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  1. As a family counselor with forty years of experience I salute author Ms. Chansky and Ms Borchard for this excellent, hopeful article. Every person with an anxiety problem will identify with the scenarios presented. The exceptionally, practical advice will bring a lot of hope to a lot of people. One word of encouragement to folks applying the four steps: find someone to help you stick with these steps. Maybe it’s a family member or a therapist. The steps are absolutely right on and they will take more than several weeks to become a habit. Outside support will give the needed encouragement. Thanks again for the inspiring article. Gary M Unruh MSW, Author

  2. Hello. I think we currently live stressed because we have imposed impossible expectations. Job expectations, expectations of money, family expectations, expectations of friends, etc … Advertising, society, modern life, make us think we need a lot of things to be happy. And if we do not have them feel unhappy. What a stress!
    Sorry for my English.

  3. Great article….As an advocate for OCD awareness,I find it especially helpful to read about neuroplasticity, and know that just because we’ve spent most of our lives worrying or thinking in a certain manner does not mean that we can’t retrain our brains….



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