Overcoming the Fear of Fear: How to Reduce Anxiety Sensitivity

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Anxiety isn't all in your head. When you feel nervous, symptoms such as chills, sweating, heart palpitations, and shaking can affect your whole body. If you worry that others notice these anxiety symptoms or fear that they could be harmful to your health, you may have anxiety sensitivity. Anxiety sensitivity is the fear of anxiety-related sensations, a condition that affects approximately 16 percent of the population. People with high anxiety sensitivity often fear these bodily sensations even more than the ...

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Overview

Anxiety isn't all in your head. When you feel nervous, symptoms such as chills, sweating, heart palpitations, and shaking can affect your whole body. If you worry that others notice these anxiety symptoms or fear that they could be harmful to your health, you may have anxiety sensitivity. Anxiety sensitivity is the fear of anxiety-related sensations, a condition that affects approximately 16 percent of the population. People with high anxiety sensitivity often fear these bodily sensations even more than the situation that caused their anxiety in the first place. This fear of fear can lead them to avoid activities that might trigger their symptoms, and can cause other mental and physical problems down the road.

Overcoming the Fear of Fear provides you with all the tools you need to stop fearing your anxiety symptoms for good. You'll learn to use cognitive behavioral techniques that have been proven effective for people with anxiety sensitivity. These techniques can help you reduce your anxiety sensitivity, prevent recurrence of panic attacks, and start living without fear.

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Canadian clinical psychologists Watt (psychology, St. Francis Xavier Univ.) and Stewart (psychiatry, psychology, & community health & epidemiology, Dalhousie Univ.) tackle the identification and treatment of anxiety sensitivity, characterized by behavioral patterns in which the individual dwells excessively on the possibility of an event. In the book's first half, the authors introduce this anticipatory state of worry, which can be severe enough to trigger panic attacks, posttraumatic stress episodes, and related anxiety disorders. In the second half, techniques for reducing anxiety and skills for preventing relapse are explored in depth. Unlike many of the popular self-help books on the market, this is grounded in significant scholarly and clinical research. Watt and Stewart have, combined, 25 years of clinical and research experience in the field of anxiety and related disorders and are productive authors of peer-reviewed research in this field. Their book benefits greatly from this expertise; concepts are presented clearly, and corroborating case studies add color and depth to the topics under discussion. Recommended for both public and academic libraries.
—Crystal Renfro

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572245587
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 1/2/2009
  • Series: Unassigned Series
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 958,856
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Sherry H. Stewart, PhD, is a Killam research professor in the Departments of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS, Canada. She is a licensed psychologist in the province of Nova Scotia. Her research focuses on risk factors for anxiety and the overlap of anxiety and addictive behaviors. She has received research funding from such agencies as the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the National Institutes of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation.

Steven Taylor, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Taylor received early career awards from the Canadian Psychological Association, Anxiety Disorders Association of America, and Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. He is the author of over 200 papers and books, including Anxiety Sensitivity: Theory, Research, and Treatment of the Fear of Anxiety (Erlbaum 1999). He is actively involved in clinical research, teaching, and supervision of students. Dr. Taylor maintains a private practice in Vancouver, BC.

Margo C. Watt, PhD, is associate professor of psychology at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, NS, Canada, and adjunct professor of psychology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS, Canada. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in the province of Nova Scotia, where she maintains a limited private practice, and has training and experience in clinical, health, and forensic psychology. Her research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

Part I What Is Anxiety Sensitivity?

Chapter 1 Understanding Anxiety Sensitivity 7

Chapter 2 Where Does Anxiety Sensitivity Come From? 19

Chapter 3 How Do You Know if You Have High Anxiety Sensitivity? 29

Part II Why Is Anxiety Sensitivity Important?

Chapter 4 Anxiety Sensitivity as a Risk Factor for Anxiety Disorders 39

Chapter 5 The Role of Anxiety Sensitivity in Other Disorders 53

Part III How to Reduce Anxiety Sensitivity

Chapter 6 Change Your Thoughts 73

Chapter 7 Change Your Behavior 93

Chapter 8 Change Your Lifestyle 109

Part IV Preventing Relapse

Chapter 9 Establish and Extend Treatment Gains 135

Chapter 10 Preparing for Setbacks 149

Chapter 11 Staying the Course 165

Resources 175

References 177

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