The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook / Edition 4

The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook / Edition 4

by Edmund J. Bourne
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New Harbinger Publications
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The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook / Edition 4

    Practical, step-by-step directions for the mastery of:
  • Visualization
  • Self-Esteem
  • Nutrition
  • Medication
  • Meditation techniques
  • Anxiety-triggering health conditions

Over 600,000 Copies Sold

Since its first edition in 1990, The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook has sold more than 600,000 copies. Its engaging exercises and worksheets have helped millions of readers make real progress in overcoming problems with anxiety and phobic disorders. The Authoritative Guide to Self-Help Resources in Mental Health (Norcross, et al., 2003) gave the book its highest rating and praised it as 'a highly regarded and widely known resource.' Thousands of mental health and medical professionals recommend this book to their clients and patients every year. Simply put, it is the single finest source of self-help information on its topic available anywhere.

The text of this edition has been fully revised and expanded and includes two new chapters: a discussion of physical conditions that can aggravate anxiety and an overview of the use of mindfulness practice in the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder and some forms of obsessive-compulsive disorder. As in previous editions, the book offers the most up-to-date information on medications, natural supplements, and complementary strategies that can alleviate anxiety symptoms. The sections on relaxation, nutrition, and exercise have all been updated and broadened.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781572244139
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 01/28/2005
Series: Workbook Series
Edition description: Fourth Edition
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition
1What Are the Anxiety Disorders?1
2The Causes of Anxiety Disorders27
3Recovery: A Comprehensive Approach51
5Physical Exercise97
6Coping with Panic Attacks109
7Help for Phobias: Imagery Desensitization143
8Help for Phobias: Real-Life Desensitization155
10Mistaken Beliefs215
11Four Traits That Perpetuate Anxiety233
13Identifying and Expressing Your Feelings259
14Asserting Yourself277
18Fears from the Past383
19Meaning, Purpose, and Spirituality391
2Additional Hierarchies413
3Audiotapes for Relaxation431
4How to Stop Obsessive Worry433
5Guidelines for a Good Night's Sleep435

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The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A lot of self-help books are hit or miss because they give you one or two strategies for solving a problem. Not so with this book- that's because its a workbook. This means the book takes a problem, and gives you MANY different strategies and ways of solving it. I'm a big fan of workbooks, simply because there's something for everyone. If you don't like strategy "A", well, then just move on and try strategy "B" or "C". Here's a few more specifics about the book... -you take a self diagnosis questionnaire to help you identify which anxiety disorder you may be dealing with -you will learn about the causes of anxiety disorders, including triggers and maintaining causes -the book proposes a multi-level comperehensive approach that addresses different levels of contributing causes (physical, emotional, behavioral, mental, interpersonal, whole-self, and spiritual -you can use the weekly practice records to monitor your own program -the bulk of the book is esentially a bunch of strategies that you can choose from, such as breathing exercises, desensitization, physical exercise (also recommend "Exercise Beats Depression" for more on that), self-talk, and visualization As you can see, the book takes a very comprehensive approach to getting the reader better and most are bound to find at least find one or two techniques that will really hit the nail on the head. Five stars easy.
thelaughingdog More than 1 year ago
This book is extremely helpful for anyone suffering from depression, anxiety or both. Comprehensive and accessible, it fully illustrates the mental illnesses that many people suffer from, seemingly alone. Well, if you decide to buy this book, you will know right out that you are NOT alone. Dr. Bourne provides insight to the diseases themselves as well as several treatments from the conventional, like drugs, exercise and a healthy diet (a depression-anxiety specific diet), to the alternative medicines, such as yoga and deep relaxation techniques. To the person who wants to change his or her lifestyle from anxious to calm, this book is definitely for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent book for learning to overcome anxiety and becoming more assertive. I have become more friendly and pleasant and less angry and resentful towards the people around me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has helped me tremendously. Bourne describes the causes and symptoms of panic and anxiety very accurately. I often found myself shocked at how precisely my feelings and symptoms matched his description. In addition, the exercises he recommends, such as meditation, countering negative self-talk, or practicing decensitization, are enormously helpful for coping with anxiety. If you make a commitment to yourself to overcome your anxiety/panic/phobia, and you're willing to read this book and practice the exercises regularly, you have a terrific chance of full recovery. Just keep in mind that it is a 'workbook', and it does require you to make an effort to change your lifestyle and/or or way of thinking - it probably won't help if you just read it, without attempting to make any changes.
AislingWoodehame More than 1 year ago
This workbook is packed full of helpful information for those suffering from anxiety disorders or crippling phobias. The workbook can be used with the assistance of a therapist/counselor, or the exercises can be done on their own if finding counseling is difficult. It's also helpful for friends and family members of those with anxiety and phobia disorders. The workbook is filled with comprehensive, clear explanations of how anxieties and phobias develop, and how to respond to a friend or family member who is overwhelmed by an anxiety disorder or a phobia. While including clinical information, Bourne also emphasizes the connection of body and mind and shows how the body can affect the mind, and vice-versa. The clinical explanations teaches how to use specific physical techniques to regain control of the body by focusing on the autonomic nervous system. Our autonomic nervous system controls our respiration, heartbeat, and our "fight or flight" instincts. Bourne shows us how our "fight or flight" instincts can overwhelm the mind and body which creates anxiety and phobic disorders. He then shows us how to regain control of our mind-body connection through the use of deep breathing, meditation, journaling, exercise, biofeedback, therapy, and some medications. I have had Generalized Anxiety Disorder since a Traumatic Brain Injury when I was fifteen (I am now 34). Bourne's book has been a tremendous help over the past two years as my therapist and I have used parts of it to help me over rough and scary times in my life, such as when my mother was diagnosed with cancer or when I needed to learn how to set boundaries between myself and other people. I also go through the workbook on my own and choose information to read and exercises to do depending on what's happening in my life. This book is an excellent tool for anyone who suffers from anxiety, panic, or phobic disorders, as well as their friends and family members.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't begin to tell you all of my fears that I worked through using this book. It is a must have in facing your fears. I'd also like to suggest "When God Stopped Keeping Score," an intimate look at the power of forgiveness and yet, it's about so much more. I loved every minute of it. Given the chance, it could change your life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent work book to use to understand anxiety, causes and treatment options.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I suffer from anxiety and panic attacks. I found this book to be extremely helpful, explaning everything from symptoms to step by step getting over it. It lets you take your time and not 'flood' yourself. I would recommend this to anyone who suffers from anxiety, panic, agoraphobia, or anything else related
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most comprehensive and helpful books that I have ever seen regarding anxiety and social phobias. It is very reassuring and lets the reader feel that they are not alone, and not a "freak." I DEFINITELY recommend it!
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