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Anxiety and Panic Disorder
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Anxiety has been described as a hallmark of modern life, as the pace of change seems only to increase. We are bombarded with anxiety-provoking stimuli in the newspaper, on TV, over the Internet. Bad news still sells papers. Continue reading Anxiety and Panic Disorder article»


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Best Self-Help Books on Anxiety and Panic Disorder

The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edumnd BourneCalming Your Anxious Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You From anxiety, Fear and Panic by Jeffrey Brantley and Jon Kabat-Zinn"These are the self-help books on Anxiety and Panic Disorder that I recommend most frequently for my clients who are dealing with worry, fear, anxiety, panic and phobias."
David Yarian, Ph.D.



More Recommended Self-Help Books on Anxiety and Panic Disorder

The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund BourneThe Anxiety and Phobia Workbook

Bourne teaches specific self help skills for overcoming problems with panic, anxiety and phobias. There is information on the appropriateuse of medications and herbal supplements. This is a practical and highly regarded self-help resource on the treatment of anxiety. New Harbinger

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Anxiety Disorders and Phobias: A Cognitive Perspective by Aaron Beck, et.al.Anxiety Disorders and Phobias: A Cognitive Perspective

The founder of cognitive therapy and two colleagues apply the concepts to the treatment of anxiety disorders and phobias. Part I explains how the complex symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder and phobias arise; Part II shows how distorted perceptions of threat and danger are corrected through cognitive restructuring, relaxation, and distraction techniques. Basic Books, 15th Edition


Anxious 9 to 5: How to Beat Worry, Stop Second Guessing Yourself, and Work with Confidence by Larina Kase, Joe Vitale, Martin AntonyAnxious 9 to 5: How to Beat Worry, Stop Second Guessing Yourself, And Work With Confidence

Anxiety, worry, perfectionism, self-defeating thoughts and fears of failure in the workplace can hold you back from achieving the success you deserve, despite how hard you work. This self-help book offers simple and effective techniques to get your workplace anxiety under control once and for all so you can enjoy work and be more productive. New Harbinger


Beyond Anxiety and Phobia: A Step-by-step Guide to Lifetime Recovery by Edmund BourneBeyond Anxiety and Phobia: A Step-by-step Guide to Lifetime Recovery

True recovery from anxiety symptoms requires understanding the meaning of those symptoms and going deeper to face their underlying sources in a fundamental way. This self-help book provides an array of strategies including alternative therapies such as herbs, yoga, massage, acupuncture and homeopathy; and addresses the impact of perfectionism and other personality issues. New Harbinger


Calming Your Anxious Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You From Anxiety, Fear and Panic by Jeffrey Brantley and Jon Kabat-ZinnCalming Your Anxious Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You From Anxiety, Fear and Panic

This compassionate self-help book teaches the principle of mindfulness to relieve a wide range of stress-related conditions. Mindfulness is receptive, non-judgmental, present- moment awareness, a state of focusing attention only on the here and now. The book teaches skills for calming and relaxing the mind and body. New Harbinger


The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Anxiety: A Step-by-Step Program by William J. KnausThe Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Anxiety: A Step-by-Step Program

With this self-help book, you'll develop a personal plan to recognize your anxiety triggers, develop skills to stop anxious thoughts before they get out of control, and stop needless fears from coming back. The powerful tools in this book will help you: silence the irrational thoughts that trigger anxiety; create a personal plan to overcome excessive fears and worries; stop expecting perfection from yourself and start feeling confident; calm yourself when panic takes hold; defeat depression and other conditions that often occur with anxiety; build self esteem; and track your symptoms and maintain your progress. <

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Conquering Depression and Anxiety Through Exercise by Keith JohnsgardConquering Depression and Anxiety Through Exercise

This self-help volume summarizes the data that exercise can be an antidote to depression, as well as advantageous to one’s general wellness. It presents experimental studies and case studies that track the role of exercise in raising mood, as well as studies comparing the effect of exercise along with other treatment options, such as talk therapy and medication. Johnsgard acknowledges that exercise alone is not always enough to cope with depression or anxiety and examines ways to motivate oneself to exercise, how to exercise well, and how to manage the possible risks of exercise. Prometheus Books


Coping with Anxiety: 10 Simple Ways to Relieve  Anxiety, Fear, and Worry by Edmund J. Bourne, Lorna GaranoCoping with Anxiety: 10 Simple Ways to Relieve Anxiety, Fear, and Worry

Anxiety affects 25 million people in the United States, and treatment can be difficult and daunting. This self-help book takes a sensible, clinically based approach by teaching ten simple steps. The tips range from "thinking realistically" to "taking constructive coping actions" and include friendly exercises for combating a particluar aspect of anxiety. New Harbinger


Deepressed and Anxious: The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Workbook for Overcoming Depression & Anxiety by Thomas MarraDepressed and Anxious: The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Workbook for Overcoming Depression & Anxiety

DBT begins with the assumption that psychological problems are the result of emotional responses that are in conflict. It integrates a range of therapeutic techniques to tease apart and resolve the competing internal needs and urges that generate anger, depression, and anxiety. Self-help exercises focus on assisting readers to become more responsive to uplifting aspects of their environment and tolerant of unavoidable emotions. New Harbinger


Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook: Practical DBT Exercises for Learning Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, emotion Regulation, and Distress Tolerance by Matthew McKay, Jeffrey Wood, Jeffrey BrantleyDialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook: Practical DBT Exercises for Learning Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, & Distress Tolerance

Research shows that DBT can improve your ability to handle distress without losing control and acting destructively. In order to make use of these techniques, you need to build skills in four key areas--distress tolerance, mindfulness, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. This book, a collaborative effort from three esteemed authors, offers straightforward, step-by-step exercises for learning these concepts and putting them to work for real and lasting change. The individual struggling with overwhelming emotions and DBT therapists will benefit significantly from this self help workbook. New Harbinger


Don't Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks by Reid WilsonDon’t Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks

This self-help book offers an accessible and practical self-help program for reducing and eliminating incapacitating panic attacks. The author explains how attacks occur and provides a detailed five-step strategy for controlling the moment of panic. He shows how to use breathing exercises, focused thinking and mental imagery to elicit the body’s natural “Calming Response.” Harper Paperbacks, Revised Edition


Embracing Fear: And finding the Courage to Live Your Life by Thom RutledgeEmbracing Fear: And Finding the Courage to Live Your Life

Rutledge uses the F-E-A-R acronym to present his paradigm for dealing with fear: Face it; Explore it; Accept it; and Respond to it. Once we understand that which we fear, he says, we can live beyond its tyrannical control. This is a practical, engaging self-help book, with examples from the author’s life as well as from his clinical practice. HarperCollins


An End to Panic: Breakthrough Techniques for Overcoming Panic disorder by Elke Zuercher-WhiteAn End to Panic: Breakthrough Techniques for Overcoming Panic Disorder

A useful cognitive-behavioral handbook which focuses on changing thoughts, beliefs and behaviors to reduce anxiety. This highly regarded self-help book for people with panic disorders teaches readers how to feel the symptoms of anxiety without the anxiety itself, and includes ways to cope with stress and conflict, fearful situations, as well as how to avoid relapse. New Harbinger


Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan JeffersFeel the Fear and Do It Anyway

Jeffers teaches a ten-step program to convert the negative emotions of fear, indecision and anger into power, action and love. She offers cognitive exercises and visualization techniques to help persons move beyond destructive fear. Ballantine Books


Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life: The New Acceptance and Commitment Therapy by Steven C. HayesGet Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life: The New Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

This self-help book offers a five-step plan for coping with painful emotions such as anxiety and depression. You can learn to engage with painful thoughts and feelings through step-by-step acceptance and mindfulness-based techniques, discovering how to let go of control, and develop compassion and flexibility. New Harbinger


Helping Your Anxious Child: A Step-By-Step Guide for Parents by Sue Spence, Vanessa Cobham, Ann WignallHelping Your Anxious Child: A Step-By-Step Guide for Parents

All kids get scared, but some fears can escalate into paranoias with long-term ramifications. This step-by-step self-help guide tackles the why, how, and what now of anxiety disorders. Written in everyday language, it describes in detail strategies and techniques parents can combine into a comprehensive self-help program for managing a child's worry while building confidence and self-control. New Harbinger


Natural Relief for Anxiety: Complementary Strategies for Easing Fear, Panic & Worry by Edmund J. Bourne, arlen Brownstein, Lorna GaranoNatural Relief for Anxiety: Complementary Strategies for Easing Fear, Panic & Worry

This user-friendly self-help book offers a drug-free approach to overcoming anxiety. It outlines an alternative and more lasting way to control anxiety by making gentle, natural changes to your lifestyle that promote wellness in mind and body. New Harbinger


The Panic Attack Recovery Book: Step-by-step Techniques to Reduce Anxiety and Change Your Life - Natural, Drug-Free, Fast Results by Shirley Swede and Seymour JaffeThe Panic Attack Recovery Book: Step-by-Step Techniques to Reduce Anxiety and Change Your Life - Natural, Drug-Free, Fast Results

This seven-step, drug-free program written jointly by a physician and a recovered sufferer explains what goes on in the body when panic disorder strikes and how it can be controlled. With behavioral techniques, fitness and nutrition plans and encouraging true stories this self-help book offers hope to people with panic disorder, agoraphobia, and other anxiety-related conditions. New American Library


10 Simple Solutions to Panic: How to Overcome Panic Attacks, Calm Physical Symptoms, & Reclaim Your Life by Martin Antony, Randi McCabe10 Simple Solutions to Panic: How to Overcome Panic Attacks, Calm Physical Symptoms, & Reclaim Your Life

The authors provide easy to follow guidelines that will help sufferers of panic attacks better understand their condition and gain control over it. Exercises, empowering suggestions for dealing with specific situations, and self-care tools for setting and achieving short and long-term goals are included. New Harbinger


Thoughts & Feelings: Taking Control of Your Moods and Your Life: A Workbook of Cognitive Behavioral Techniques by Matthew McKay, Patrick Fanning, Martha DavisThoughts & Feelings: Taking Control of Your Moods and Your Life: A Workbook of Cognitive Behavioral Techniques

This self-help book offers a simple and easy to understand discussion of how to use the principles and techniques of cognitive behavioral therapies to help control anxiety, depression, moods and build self esteem in your life. New Harbinger


Transforming Anxiety: The Heartmath Solution to Overcoming Fear and Worry and Creating Serenity by Doc Childre, Deborah RozmanTransforming Anxiety: The Heartmath Solution to Overcoming Fear And Worry And Creating Serenity

At the core of the Heart Math method is the idea that our thoughts and emotions affect our heart rhythms. By focusing on positive feelings such as appreciation, care, and compassion you'll learn to engage your heart to bring your emotions, body, and mind into balance. New Harbinger


Women Who Worry Too Much: How to Stop Worry & Anxiety from Ruining Relationships, Work, & Fun by Holly Hazlett-StevensWomen Who Worry Too Much: How to Stop Worry & Anxiety from Ruining Relationships, Work, & Fun

Women are more likely than men to develop anxiety disorders, and to worry more about things like social problems, work, and finances. Women Who Worry Too Much addresses the fundamentals of worry and offers strategies for overcoming it that include monitoring personal worry triggers, breaking worry-provoking habits, and avoiding avoidance—a major aggravating factor for all anxiety disorders. From it, you’ll learn to use mindfulness techniques to avoid ruminating on the past or the future and how to use progressive relaxation to cope with worrisome situations. New Harbinger


Worry: Hope and Help for a Common Condition by Edward HallowellWorry: Hope and Help for a Common Condition

Hallowell offers a practical approach for dealing with destructive patterns of worrying. His approach helps worriers move beyond self-blame to awareness and positive action. Ballantine Books


The Worry Cure: Seven Steps to Stop Worry from Stopping You by Robert L. LeahyThe Worry Cure: Seven Steps to Stop Worry from Stopping You

Do you suffer from the "what-if disease"? This self-help book is a systematic, accessible self-help guide to gaining control over debilitating anxiety. It includes a section on self-assessment and a seven-step worry-reduction plan. Three Rivers Press


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