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The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques: Understanding How Your Brain Makes You Anxious and What You Can Do to Change It Paperback – August 11, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (August 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393705560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393705560
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“[O]ffers thorough explanations of the many facets of anxiety conditions and ways to cope with them….Presenting anxiety as manageable, prevalent, and treatable in a variety of ways offers a true sense of comfort to those afflicted.” (USABP Newsletter)

“[A] thoroughly ‘user friendly’ instructional guide….is a ‘must-read’ for anyone suffering from a condition of chronic anxiety whether it is a low-level condition or a traumatically crippling one.” (The Midwest Book Review)

“This excellent book brings Dr. Wehrenberg’s expert knowledge and clinical wisdom to anxiety sufferers with clarity and compassion. Comprehensive and easy to read, she emphasizes the role the brain plays in anxiety, and more importantly, how one can then ‘use the brain to change the brain.’ This practical, mind-body focus will be immensely helpful to those who are tormented by anxiety. I recommend it with enthusiasm!” (Aureen Wagner, PhD, University of Rochester School of Medicine)

About the Author

Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist in private practice and a popular public speaker. She is the author of The Anxious Brain, The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques, and The 10 Best-Ever Depression Management Techniques. She lives in St. Charles, Missouri.

More About the Author

Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist in private practice and a popular public speaker. She is the author of The Anxious Brain, The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques, and The 10 Best-Ever Depression Management Techniques. She lives in St. Charles, Missouri.

Customer Reviews

The book is an easy, fun read and is very practical and focused.
William N. Parker
I recommend this book to anyone who has anxiety or has someone in their life with anxiety.
Momof7
I found this book had some great techniques for managing my anxiety.
Kristin Dwyer

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315 of 319 people found the following review helpful By Carly on March 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
I've had super-strong anxiety all my life, on and off with depression. Everybody knows the best way to help yourself permanently is a combination of medicine and behaviour modification, so after years of only doing the former, I set out to find the best information to tackle the latter.

I looked at a million books online and in the library, bought a few, but by miles this is the best one of the lot. If you can only buy ONE book in your life to help you, make it this one.

It is a fascinating read from beginning to end. I came to it not really caring why or how my brain was making me anxious- I just knew I wanted to stop how I was feeling. In fact, the most interesting part of the book is explaing how and why your brain causes your anxiety. Far from being a dry medical monologue of terminology and bio-chemistry, the information and the way it was presented was more like watching a fascinating documentry on Discovery Health. The information is solid and presented in a passionate and entertaining way (without dumbing anything down either, I might add) which says something for the author's talent and style. I found myself smiling or chuckling sometimes when she'd explain a concept and why it works, and while I'm turning the page my brain is yelping, "Yeah, but so what! What if x, y or z is happening to you, then it's not going to work is it!?" only to read on the next page when she continues that she's ALREADY thought of my secret protestation, and goes on to shoot it down with logic and facts. Very funny!

This isn't a top 10 list like an extended Oprah magazine article, nor is it a finger wagging book telling you things like if you are feeling anxious to go write in your gratitude journal or take a bubble bath and give yourself affirmations in a mirror.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By William N. Parker on November 23, 2010
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I ordered this text as an immediate self-help resource. It was most helpful. Honestly, I was skeptical of the title, but I'm glad I gave it a chance. Six weeks before ordering it, I had experienced sleeplessness and blood-pressure spikes, and I almost dreaded going to bed at night. The book helped me immediately to relax with the early emphasis on breathing and mindfulness. For about two months, I was on a light dose of Ambien and Xanax. I no longer require either.The combination of the application of the suggestions given in the book and my blood pressure medication enabled me to return to a high degree of normalcy in terms of sleeping well. The book is an easy, fun read and is very practical and focused. It was well worth the money!!
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70 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 26, 2008
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"When talking about anxiety and how to control it, it is important to understand that the nervous system is automatic and operates without your control, but you can take it over on purpose." ~ pg. 11

"The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques" is one of the most helpful books on anxiety I've ever read. Margaret Wehrenberg believes in using the brain to change the brain. She is well qualified to write this book as she once suffered from panic attacks and worry.

There are many practical ways to avoid panic and one of them was surprising. Avoiding coffee or other beverages with caffeine can help you avoid panic attacks. To read more about this subject look for Caffeine Blues: Wake Up to the Hidden Dangers of America's #1 Drug. It was also interesting to read about avoiding aspartame (stevia is better and natural) because it increases anxiety. I was surprised to also read that mitral valve prolapse (a heart condition one doctor told me I had) can trigger panic.

Margaret Wehrenberg gives good advice about how to deal with cell phones and e-mail. She suggests a few essential oils you can put in the tub to help you relax. Emptying the mind by making a list also seems to be calming. While these things work, the best part of the book is about breathing deeply.

If you are suffering from anxious thoughts there is a way to stop them even if you think that is impossible. By persisting and using the techniques in this book you can see good results. There is a section on the importance of positive self-talk and how to deal with perfectionism.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Down in the South with Flannery on October 20, 2011
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I purchased the Kindle version of this book for my iPad, and while I think that the technology of Kindle on iPad is subpar, I was thankfully able to grasp the author's concepts. I should also mention that I've never written a review before, but now that I'm anxiety free for my second month after experiencing sometimes debilitating generalized anxiety, I had to share my adoration for this book.

The key to success lies in her contention that we must not allow our brains - even for a moment - to venture down the, "Oh, what's wrong with me? I feel strange. Why can't I shake this? Will I ever heal? Am I dying?" path. Her method for stopping the train of awful thoughts is to repeat "No. No I will not go there" repeatedly. It sounds simple, infantile, maybe crazy, but by nipping those thoughts in the bud the very instant they occur (or recur) you can truly divert the mind. (She explains the science of why this works in chapter 1.)

In moments when I feel anxiety creeping in again, I repeat NO NO NO about 15 times. I count them in mind. I continue to do that until I've distracted myself sufficiently. Even if it takes 100 NO's, I persist. I picked up this book during one of my longer bouts with anxiety; it truly began to feel endless until I implemented this method, and within 2 weeks I was anxiety free and asking myself what in the hell I was worrying about in the first place. It works, I promise!
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