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More filters. Sort order. It's quick and easy to read in one go. I was interested to find no mention of mindfulness, because it was first published in , yet the relaxation exercises are essentially the same as mindfulness meditations. Overall it presents a helpful plan for managing anxiety and does not pretend that self-help is always a substitute for professional support. I liked how systematically the techniques were organised and found it a helpful reminder of CBT approaches which have clear roots in Stoicism as I found when reading Epictetus.
There are several chapters on making your life less stressful, which are non-specific but sensible. It was over twenty-five years ago, I was an enthusiastic, newly qualified clinical psychologist and I did what many enthusiastic, newly qualified clinicians do — I set up an anxiety management group. I worked extremely hard researching the content of the course, writing hand-outs, supporting group members. The course ran for three months and by the end everyone had done very well and I was really pleased.
Now, all good clinicians evaluate their interventions and so I devised a rather long questionnaire to find out what group members had found most helpful.
So they went off in a huddle to share their thoughts. I waited quite excitedly — were they going to tell me that the well-researched psycho education had been most helpful? Or the very systematic relaxation training? Or the painstaking coaching in learning to test negative thoughts? Or the practical problem-solving strategies? There were so many possibilities and I wanted detailed feedback on the impact of each of these interventions. At last, the group spokesperson said that they were all in agreement about what had been most helpful to them over the past three months.
I was really taken aback.
But they were right — this is at the heart of overcoming anxiety. The strategies and techniques are a means to an end and the end point in overcoming anxiety is a change of attitude that frees you. View all 7 comments. Very useful book though not what I was looking for but worth reading it anyway. View all 4 comments.
Jan 07, Karla rated it liked it. I found this book very helpful. It's a basic introduction to the different types and causes of anxiety. The most useful information for me were coping strategies, such as breathing and relaxation techniques to ease stress. Simple and to the point, a good place to start if you're wondering how to help yourself with the physical and mental effects of anxiety. Feb 21, Jack rated it really liked it. A good book to find mechanisms to cope with anxiety, less of a focus on anxiety as a condition and more on self help.
The sections on the different coping strategies were very helpful, nothing really original but the step by step instructions and actual examples make it a lot more useful than other titles that just say stuff like "breathe deep". The descriptions of typical anxious thought processes were pretty spot on at least for me. The part about alcohol explains why the anxiety can be real A good book to find mechanisms to cope with anxiety, less of a focus on anxiety as a condition and more on self help.
I liked how the author maintained empathy throughout and was realistic about having ups and downs- this was refreshing because my big problem with self help is it setting up unrealistic expectations. Two things that would've helped: 1 Some of the scenarios were a bit overly simplistic connecting a clear cause to physical symptoms of anxiety.
The assumption in most of them seemed to be that theres a particular trigger or style of thinking that precipitates anxious feelings, which in my own experience isn't always or even often the case e. Jun 09, Nancy rated it it was amazing. This book has been amazing for me. I recommend it to anyone out there with anxiety issues. It is presented so simply, so straightforward. It first of all discusses the philosophies or beliefs that you have that generate the fears and worries that lead to your different kinds of anxiety.
It covers a lot of different manifestations of anxiety too. It's all based on cognitive behavioural techniques so basically it gives you the tools to recognize your patterns, understand them, find the trigger and This book has been amazing for me. It's all based on cognitive behavioural techniques so basically it gives you the tools to recognize your patterns, understand them, find the trigger and work on making your habits healthier so that you don't end up in the worst case scenario. It also helps you to develop some coping techniques for when things are already worst case scenario so that you can move forward and begin to deal with it all.
I read this slowly over the past year and a half, I've only implemented some of the things it recommends but I am genuinely so excited to try the other things and getting into better habits. It helped me so much already so I'm optimistic for keeping going! It was really hard to read at the start because it was so difficult for me to confront what I was facing which seemed impossible, terrifying and mysterious. I noticed that when I picked it up to finish it this morning, I was really looking forward to reading it and getting some of its wisdom into me! Jun 18, Alex rated it it was amazing.
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