The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook

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Relieve Your Anxiety and Start Living Without Fear

The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook has already helped over one million readers make a full and lasting recovery from generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, specific phobias, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and other anxiety-related issues. Packed with the most effective skills for assessing and treating anxiety, this workbook can be used alone or as a supplement to therapy to help you develop a full arsenal of ...

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Overview

Relieve Your Anxiety and Start Living Without Fear

The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook has already helped over one million readers make a full and lasting recovery from generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, specific phobias, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and other anxiety-related issues. Packed with the most effective skills for assessing and treating anxiety, this workbook can be used alone or as a supplement to therapy to help you develop a full arsenal of skills for quieting worried thoughts and putting yourself back in control.

This new edition has been thoroughly updated with the latest anxiety research and medications, and also includes new therapeutic techniques that have been proven effective for the treatment of anxiety and anxiety-related conditions. Each worksheet in this book will help you learn the skills you need to manage your anxiety and start living more freely than you ever thought possible.

With this workbook, you'll learn a range of proven methods for overcoming anxiety:

  • Relaxation and breathing techniques
  • Challenging negative self-talk and mistaken beliefs
  • Imagery and real-life desensitization
  • Making lifestyle, nutrition, and exercise changes
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy
  • Skills for preventing and coping with panic attacks
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“[Five stars]...this is a concise, practical, and comprehensive directory on how to reduce anxiety. A highly regarded and widely known resource.”
Authoritative Guide to Self-Help Resources in Mental Health, Revised Edition

“A great resource for a holistic approach.”
—Reid Wilson, author of Don’t Panic

“Extremely well done.”
—Christopher McCullough, author of Managing Your Anxiety

“Any who've struggled with panic attacks and fears will find this packed with self-help exercises and guidelines to overcoming anxiety and stress, from understanding how to assert oneself to creating a positive recovery strategy.”
Midwest Book Review

“This workbook offers a practical and comprehensive guide to anyone struggling to cope with the many-faceted manifestations of panic and anxiety.”
Child & Behavior Therapy

Library Journal
This book excels not only in explaining the cause and nature of anxiety disorders and phobias but also in describing treatments. Director of the Anxiety Treatment Center in Santa Rosa (California), Bourne emphasizes the cognitive-behavioral model of treatment but includes information on biopsychiatry, intense psychotherapy, and spirituality as additional treatment modalities. This is truly a "workbook," with exercises designed to facilitate recovery, either through private use or in conjunction with professional therapy. If your library already owns the 1990 edition and money is an object, you can probably pass on this revision, which updates the definitions of anxiety and phobia so that they conform with the new DSM-IV diagnostic criteria and includes new information on the biological causes of anxiety and related treatment developments. However, if your collection lacks a good lay reader's book on anxiety and phobia, this is an excellent choice.Jennifer Amador, Central State Hosp. Medical Lib., Petersburg, Va.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572248915
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 1/2/2011
  • Series: Unassigned Series
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 25,412
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Edmund J. Bourne, PhD, is a psychologist in northern California specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders and related problems. He is author of several books, including the bestselling Anxiety & Phobia Workbook, that have reached hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world. He welcomes comments and feedback, which can be sent to edbourne@globalshiftnow.com.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition
Introduction
1 What Are the Anxiety Disorders? 1
2 The Causes of Anxiety Disorders 27
3 Recovery: A Comprehensive Approach 51
4 Relaxation 73
5 Physical Exercise 97
6 Coping with Panic Attacks 109
7 Help for Phobias: Imagery Desensitization 143
8 Help for Phobias: Real-Life Desensitization 155
9 Self-Talk 181
10 Mistaken Beliefs 215
11 Four Traits That Perpetuate Anxiety 233
12 Visualization 247
13 Identifying and Expressing Your Feelings 259
14 Asserting Yourself 277
15 Self-Esteem 299
16 Nutrition 333
17 Medications 365
18 Fears from the Past 383
19 Meaning, Purpose, and Spirituality 391
Appendices
1 Resources 409
2 Additional Hierarchies 413
3 Audiotapes for Relaxation 431
4 How to Stop Obsessive Worry 433
5 Guidelines for a Good Night's Sleep 435
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2013

    My therapist recommended this book to me. I picked it up today!

    My therapist recommended this book to me. I picked it up today! So far, this book is a life saver. There is something in there for everyone. If one thing don't work for you, that's okay. There will be something else that will. I like how you can write in the book or make copies of the pages. Best $25 I have ever spent.

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  • Posted April 18, 2012

    It's estimated that nearly 25 million Americans experience some

    It's estimated that nearly 25 million Americans experience some form of anxiety disorder that affects daily life, and for some becomes debilitating. Knowledge about what one is dealing with and how to overcome it is the best medicine and this book is a valuable resource for that kind of truly helpful and practical information. When I personally experienced a form anxiety disorder several years ago, I wish I had known about this book as it is one of the most helpful that I've read.



    Written in an easy to understand style, the first chapters outline the various forms of anxiety disorders and their possible causes, followed by chapters on ways to recover such as relaxation, exercise, self-talk, coping with panic attacks, nutrition, etc. One section I found especially helpful was "Deflate the Danger" in the chapter on coping with panic attacks as it discussed ways to calm the physical symptoms, outlined why the things one thinks will happen physically during such an episode (heart attack, fainting, etc.) won't, and gave helpful information on how to break the connection between the thought process and the resulting symptoms. The chapter on exercise can provide motivation for embracing an active lifestyle to counter anxiety. The chapter on self-esteem is equally helpful with the tips on how to replace negative and self-sabotaging thinking with positive thoughts.



    Each chapter includes some kind of plan of action, questions to answer, affirmations, journaling prompts, writing goals, etc., to help the reader become proactive in overcoming the effects of anxiety. I think anyone who suffers from any of the many forms of anxiety, whether mild or severe, or knows of someone who does will greatly benefit from this workbook whether done to supplement counseling or privately.

    I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.

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