The following books are recommended for anyone suffering from anxiety or for family and friends of those suffering. You may purchase these books at your local bookseller, or click on the links below to purchase them from Amazon.com.1
|What Every Therapist Needs to Know About
Anxiety Disorders: Key Concepts, Insights, and Interventions
Martin N. Seif and Sally Winston
I have been treating anxiety disorders for close to 30 years and have rarely found a book so full of useful tips, insights and techniques for understanding and treating anxiety disorders. I give this book my highest recommendation. As opposed to working to eliminate anxiety the authors propose a very different approach… acceptance of your anxiety and from my experience this is exactly what works. The goal is not to eliminate anxiety but rather to take the stance that it doesn’t matter if you’re anxious or not. Anxiety sends us either totally false alarms or alarms that are much louder than they need to be. Reid Wilson has written about the “signal” vs “noise” distinction. Once we can see anxiety as “noise” then it doesn’t matter if we feel anxious – just because you feel anxious does not mean that you’re in any real danger. This book makes all of these points, and many more as well. This is a must read if you treat anxiety disorders.
|The Compassionate-Mind Guide to Overcoming Anxiety: Using Compassion-Focused Therapy to Calm Worry, Fear and PanicDennis Tirch and Paul Gilbert
Anxiety is not your fault. There are many factors that contribute to developing a mind that is prone to intense anxiety, and if you have such a mind, there are many things you can do to change the way it works. Research has shown that practicing kindness and compassion soothes experiences of fear, while self-critical thoughts tend to intensify them. If you become frustrated with your anxious reactions or consistently try to talk yourself out of your anxiety, it may be time to try a different approach.
The compassion-focused therapy (CFT) based program in The Compassionate-Mind Guide to Overcoming Anxiety will help you learn to be kinder to yourself while you soothe your anxious impulses. Complete with worksheets, exercises, and meditation practices, this book includes everything you need to learn mindfulness and compassion-focused skills for redirecting your anxious thoughts and allowing yourself to enjoy a more peaceful life.
By learning to be a compassionate witness to your own pain, you will also learn to be fully present in the moment, and develop healthier, more fluid ways of responding to life’s struggles. This resourceful guide aims to help you understand the nature of your anxiety, the best ways of dealing with it, and how your mind can help you cope with it.
|Stopping the Noise in Your HeadReid Wilson
Of course, worry can be an important asset when it forces our attention on problem-solving. But anxious worrying can cause us 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. In his fifth published book, Dr. Reid Wilson proposes 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. Through the use of unconventional strategies, readers will 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 our perspective and stepping toward our challenges in order to regain control of our lives.
|The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for AnxietyJohn P. Forsyth, Ph.D. & Georg H. Eifert, Ph.D.
Find out how your mind can trap you, keeping you stuck and struggling in anxiety and fear. Learn to nurture your capacity for acceptance, mindfulness, kindness, and compassion. Use these qualities to shift your focus away from anxiety and onto what you really want your life to be about. As you do, your life will get bigger as your anxious suffering gets smaller. No matter what kind of anxiety problem you’re struggling with, this workbook can guide you toward a more vibrant and purposeful life. Includes a CD with bonus worksheets, self-assessments, and guided mindfulness meditations.
|The Anxiety Book: Developing Strength in the Face of FearJonathon Davidson, MD
Sleeplessness, irritability, muscle tension, trouble concentrating, nightmares, fear of attention, difficulty relaxing, dizziness, hyper-vigilance, trembling, racing heart, cold sweats, numbing emotion. If you experience even one of these symptoms, you are probably one of the millions who suffer from anxiety. One in five people has it, but most do their best to cope in debilitating silence or become dependent on strong medications to take the edge off their pain.The Anxiety Book is a comprehensive resource for defeating anxiety and building resilience. Dr. Davidson includes:
Backed by peer-reviewed research and twenty-five years of clinical experience, Dr. Davidson brings solid methods and reassuring advice to the millions who suffer in silence.
|The Anxiety and Phobia WorkbookEdmund J. Bourne, Ph.D.
This classic, best-selling workbook on anxiety and phobia explains cognitive-behavioural techniques in a step-by-step format. Widely recommended by therapists and other mental health professionals, this new edition has been substantially revised and updated to reflect new developments in the field of anxiety treatment that have appeared in the past five years. It includes an updated list of resources and web sites offering help for coping with anxiety disorders.
|Hope and Help for Your NervesDr. Claire Weekes
A proven program that desensitizes over-wrought nerves and eases feelings of anxiety, panic, and depression by using a variety of breathing and relaxation exercises.
|Peace from Nervous SufferingDr. Claire Weekes
This work offers help to those suffering from the most common type of nervous illness – the anxiety state (often called nervous breakdown). In addition, Dr. Weekes offers advice to those whose illness is dominated by a particular fear – agoraphobia.
|Pass Through Panic: Freeing Yourself from Anxiety and FearDr. Claire Weekes
In this eight-part radio series on CD, Dr. Weekes speaks to the listener intimately and compassionately about how to overcome anxiety, frustration, phobias, and depression. She coaches the listener on how to pass through panic and reach a place of strength and optimism. One of the first people to study and write about anxiety and panic disorders, Dr. Weekes was recognized by Queen Elizabeth II for her contributions to medicine. Her revolutionary approach is remarkably simple and effective and continues to be recommended by medical and psychological communities throughout the world.
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|Overcoming Low Self-EsteemMelanie Fennell, Ph.D.
The overall opinion we have of ourselves and the value we place on ourselves as people can have a dramatic effect on our happiness. If you are troubled by uncertainty and self-doubt, or have thoughts about yourself that are often critical, these beliefs can contaminate many aspects of your life, from your personal relationships to your work and leisure time. Your health and energy level may also be affected.Based on the clinically proven techniques of cognitive behavioral therapy, Overcoming Low Self-Esteem has been developed to help readers break out of the vicious cycle of self-destructive thinking. By learning the art of self-acceptance, readers can alter their lives for the better.
|Feeling Good, New Mood TherapyDavid D. Burns, M.D.
Anxiety, guilt, pessimism, procrastination, low self-esteem, and other “black holes” of depression can be cured without drugs. Eminent psychiatrist David D. Burns, M.D., outlines scientifically proven techniques that will immediately lift your spirits and help you develop a positive outlook on life. In this updated edition Dr. Burns adds an All-New Consumer′s Guide To Anti-depressant Drugs as well as a new introduction to help answer your questions about the many options available for treating depression.
|The Feeling Good HandbookDavid D. Burns, M.D.
This book helps you: free yourself from fears, phobias and panic attacks; overcome self-defeating attitudes; discover the five secrets of intimate communication; put an end to marital conflict; and, conquer your procrastination and unleash your potential for success. In Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy Dr. David Burns introduced a groundbreaking, drug-free treatment for depression that has helped millions of people around the world. Now, in this long-awaited sequel, he reveals powerful new techniques and provides practical exercises that will help you cope with problems and learn how to make life a happier, more exhilarating experience.
|Mind Over MoodDennis Greenberger, Ph.D. & Christine A. Padesky, Ph.D.
Developed by two master clinicians with extensive experience in cognitive therapy treatment and training, this popular workbook shows readers how to improve their lives using cognitive therapy. The book is designed to be used alone or in conjunction with professional treatment. Step-by-step worksheets teach specific skills that have helped hundreds of thousands people conquer depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger, guilt, shame, low self-esteem, eating disorders, substance abuse and relationship problems. Readers learn to use mood questionnaires to identify, rate, and track changes in feelings; change the thoughts that contribute to problems; follow step-by-step strategies to improve moods; and take action to improve daily living and relationships. The book’s large-size format facilitates reading and writing ease.
|Reinventing Your Life: The Breakthough Program to End Negative Behavior…and Feel Great AgainJeffrey E. Young and Janest S. Klosko
Written with compassion as well as clinical insight, this thought-provoking book guides readers through the process of freeing themselves from negative patterns and identifying “life traps.” For example, “Do you put the needs of others before your own? Are you drawn into relationships with people who are self-centered, cold to you, misunderstand you, or use you? Do you feel inadequate compared to people around you?” Followed by an engaging discussion that makes use of case studies, this book can help people change their lives by stopping the cycle of self-destruction.
|Prisoners of Belief: Exposing and Changing Beliefs That Control Your LifeMatthew McKay and Patrick Fanning
Shows you how to become a personal scientist, test your core beliefs objectively, subtly shift your more negative convictions, and escape from the prison of belief to a freer, more satisfying life.
Relaxation Training and Stress Management
|The Relaxation and Stress Reduction WorkbookMartha Davis, Ph.D., Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman, M.S.W., & Matthew McKay, Ph.D.
An indispensable resource for effective and up-to-date techniques for relaxing the body, calming the mind, and refreshing the spirit. Helps readers take the edge off stressful lives and find the peace they need to foster happiness and success.
|Flying without Fear: Effective Strategies to Get You Where You Need to GoDuane Brown
Based in cognitive behavioral therapy, the program in this book will prepare you for every sight, sound, and sensation you will experience in the airport and airplane. This fully revised and updated edition also includes new information about terrorism concerns and airport security measures adopted after 9/11.
Public Speaking and Performance Anxiety
|Mastering the Art of Public SpeakingPeter Desberg, Ph.D.
Provides you with proven techniques that will enable you to make it through any speech and–even though you may still be nervous–sound as if you know what you are talking about. You’ll learn how to relax, how to focus, and how to set reachable goals for yourself. If the fear of public speaking has been holding you back in your career-or if you’ve simply run out of excuses to avoid talking in front of your local garden club – this book will successfully guide you through the process.
|The Confident PerformerDr. David Roland
Every performer has suffered stage fright, but sometimes the anxiety is so overwhelming it prevents the subject from delivering his or her best performance. In The Confident Performer, Dr. David Roland, a performance psychologist, offers new insight into the issue, revealing ways to manage–even harness–anxiety to improve performance.
|A Soprano on Her HeadEloise Ristad
Supplies answers and methods for overcoming universal psychological blocks–methods that have not only been proven in her own studio, but which trace back through history to the oldest and wisest systems of understanding the integration of mind and body. The work bears scrutiny both scientifically and holistically.
|In the Spotlight: Ovecoming Your Fear of Public Speaking and PerformingJanet E. Esposito, M.S.W.
Provides many different methods and strategies to help you get beyond stage fright and learn to speak or perform with ease and confidence. This book will also help anyone who is self-conscious and uncomfortable in any social situation.
Click the links below for our book recommendations to help with specific anxiety disorders.
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Books
- Trichotillomania Books
- Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia Books
- Social Phobia Books
- Specific Phobia Books
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder Books
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