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Why Willing Yourself To Be Less Anxious Doesn’t Work — And What Actually Helps Instead

Anxiety can be really hard to manage. What does research say about how to help?
Anxiety can be really hard to manage. What does research say about how to help?

Between the uncertainties of getting a COVID-19 vaccine, going back to the office and staying connected with one another, it’s no wonder anxiety is on the rise

As the pandemic recently reached its one-year anniversary, about a third of U.S. adults say they have experienced sleeplessness or anxiety in the last week, according to the Pew Research Center.

We’re talking with Dr. Judson Brewer, a neuroscientist and associate professor at Brown University about the science behind our anxious feelings and explains why common fixes, like simply willing yourself to be okay, don’t work. His new book is Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind.  

What’s causing us to feel anxious these days? And how can we treat it?

Copyright 2021 WAMU 88.5

Chris Castano

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