Description: This book presents a multiple-area approach to the relief of anxiety, conveniently arranged in a self-help format. A focus of the book is on self-assessment, followed by the skillful application of techniques in a number of connected topic areas so that the reader can readily find a logical approach to management of these feelings. Emphasis is appropriately placed upon the rationale for subsequent portions of the book and examples enhance understanding of the material.
Purpose: The author suggests that this book, arranged in three parts, allows the reader to use the first part to identify what is needed and use the second part to find and apply the particular cognitive-behaviorally-based techniques to fit the identified problems. Part three is for healthcare professionals who wish to use this book as part of a course. Explanations about how to operationalize the techniques presented in part two are generally good and directed at the development and realization of goals to change the behaviors that are a problem in anxiety. The author's objectives are met.
Audience: This book is described as written for the lay public, self-help seekers, and mental health and other medical professionals interested in providing clear, practical, means to work with anxiety disorders. The population that seems to be best served by this work would be those people suffering from anxiety and mental health professionals and their students.
Features: A self-contained yet connected set of topics important for the understanding of the use of the examples is presented. Each section has a limited amount of information, just enough to clearly exemplify the lesson. For example, the section on assertiveness describes the difference between assertive and other behaviors, details the consequences, and offers a particular technique. It does not give multiple techniques or extensive training, but it does provide the reader with enough information to identify whether or not more extensive training is needed. This is not a limitation, but an example of skillful application of the appropriate basics. The illustrations further enhance readability.
Assessment: Overall, this is an excellent book for novices as well as seasoned healthcare professionals who have a stake in the treatment of anxiety and related disorders. Its versatility as a book for both healthcare professionals and for sufferers of anxiety disorders is a credit to the author, who makes complicated material simpler to use.