Friday, April 12, 2013

Books to Help Deal with Anxiety

I am happy to be collaborating with Joyce Pharoah and her staff at the Homewood, a premiere Canadian mental health facility in Guelph, Ontario. We are creating short, carefully selected lists of books from the psychology and self help sections, for people to read on their own, or ideally with the support of a therapist. These lists will be focused on dealing with particular challenges such as phobias and depression, cultivating positive human qualities such as mindfulness and compassion, and helpful therapeutic practices.

- Ken Hood

Here is a list of  books about how to work with anxiety.

Coping With Anxiety: 10 Simple Ways to Relieve Anxiety, by Edmund Bourne and Lorna Garano

These immediate, user-friendly, and effective strategies are designed to help you overcome anxiety. They include step-by-step exercises that you can do in the moment without having to understand the subtleties of the most often-used therapies for treating anxiety.

30-Minute Therapy for Anxiety, by Matthew McKay and Troy DuFrene

In 30-Minute Therapy for Anxiety, you’ll discover proven anxiety-busting strategies and put them into practice right away so that you can feel calm and in control, even in the most stressful situations. This set of skills will help you manage worries, panic attacks, fears, and phobias whenever they show up so you can enjoy a fuller and freer life.

The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook, by Edmund Bourne

With this workbook, you'll learn a range of proven methods for overcoming anxiety, such as relaxation and breathing techniques, challenging negative self-talk and mistaken beliefs, and imagery and real-life desensitization. In addition, you will learn how to make lifestyle, nutrition, and exercise changes and cultivate skills for preventing and coping with and preventing panic attacks.

The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety, by John Forsyth and Georg H. Eifert

This workbook uses a new approach called acceptance and commitment therapy, or ACT. 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.

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway, by Susan Jeffers

Jeffers's book is filled with concrete techniques to turn passivity into assertiveness. It teaches you how to stop negative thinking patterns and re-educate your mind to think more positively.

Freeing Your Child from Anxiety, by Tamar Chansky

Chansky, a childhood anxiety disorder specialist, examines all manifestations of childhood fears, including social anxiety, Tourette’s Syndrome, hair-pulling, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and guides you through a program to help your child back to emotional safety.

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