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People Can Stop the Worry Addiction by Shifting Their Perspective, Facing Their Challenges to Regain Control of Their Life


Chapel Hill, NC -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/30/2016 -- In Stopping the Noise in Your Head: The New Way to Overcome Anxiety & Worry (HCI Books—May 2016), Reid Wilson, PhD, addresses how worry can be an important asset when it forces people's attention on problem-solving. But anxious worrying causes them to unnecessarily focus on threat, to retreat and avoid, and to seek reassurance and safety—which is no way to foster a life of growth and excitement.

Using a playlist of YouTube videos that correspond with the release of his fifth published book, Dr. Wilson offers a groundbreaking, paradoxical approach to overcoming anxiety and worry by moving away from comfort, confidence, and security and willingly moving toward uncertainty, distress and discomfort. The videos can be easily accessed at: or through his website: Through the use of unconventional strategies, readers learn how to confront anxiety head-on and step forward into the face of threat. Drawing on a range of sources—from firefighters and fitness instructors to Sir Isaac Newton and Muhammad Ali—Stopping the Noise in Your Head demonstrates the importance of shifting one's perspective and stepping toward their challenges in order to regain control of their life.

Stopping the Noise in Your Head focuses on how a person can move into action while their mind and body are signaling them to back away. Reid encourages people to address the "noise pollution" in their head by determining if the issue is a Signal or is only Noise. A Signal is any legitimate worry that requires problem solving. Noise, on the other hand, reflects any thoughts that are irrelevant, irritating, unproductive, and repetitive. Reid's solution involves a four-stage process. Step Back refers to one's ability to gain perspective in the moment of distress. The most provocative move—Want It—emphasizes a decision to voluntarily seek out what one fears. Step Forward encourages moving toward the task with this new point of view. Finally, Be Cunning instructs how to be as clever as one's challenger, Anxiety. According to Dr. Wilson, the most important tactic is willingly moving toward the fear: "To get stronger, you must take on tasks while you simultaneously doubt that you can manage them. Want to tackle challenges; seek out the tough encounters. That's the attitude that will give you power."

Highlights from the book include:

"Being Willing to Experience This at This Moment"

- Means accepting a situation that already exists.
- Becoming upset about a difficult state of affairs is like moving into shock.
- It's best to accept the present before attempting to change it.
- To stop fighting the present moment, so attention can be turned to ways to influence the next moment.

Choose to Become Distressed and Afraid

- Making the decision to voluntarily and purposely choose to generate distress in order to learn to manage distress.
- Going after what feels threatening, welcoming the discomfort, and allowing the occasional punch in the gut from Anxiety.
- Initiating a paradoxical message similar to "I actually WANT this feeling."
- Choose to feel clumsy, awkward, unsure and afraid.
- Act on the mottos, "Love the mat" and "Run towards the roar."

About Reid Wilson, Ph.D.
Reid Wilson, Ph.D., is an international expert in the treatment of anxiety disorders, with books published in nine languages. He is the author of Don't Panic, co-author of Stop Obsessing!, and co-author of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents. Dr. Wilson is Director of the Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center in Chapel Hill, NC and is Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He designed American Airlines' first national program for the fearful flier and served as Program Chair of the National Conferences on Anxiety Disorders for three years. He currently serves as the expert for WebMD's Panic and Anxiety Community. His website,, is the largest anxiety self-help site on the Internet. Television appearances include The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, CNN, The Katie Show, A&E's Hoarders, and MTV's True Life.

Video clips of his presentations and his training DVDs can be viewed at

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Available wherever books are sold or to order directly from the publisher, contact: or 800-441-5569
Stopping the Noise in Your Head: The New Way to Overcome Anxiety & Worry
By Reid Wilson, Ph.D.
ISBN: 9780757319068 $16.95 – May 2016

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