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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; Original edition (January 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738214833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738214832
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reid Wilson, PhD, author of Don’t Panic
“Surprisingly easy ways to change your worried mind.”

Therese J. Borchard, author of Beyond Blue
“If a brain were to come with operating instructions, it would consist of these pages.”

Daniel Gottlieb, PhD, author of Letters to Sam
“[A] gifted writer and clinician … Chansky takes the reader by the hand and guides them through the complex maze of thoughts and emotions in a way that is wise, compassionate, and knowledge-based. This is the gift of Freeing Yourself from Anxiety.”

Blogcritics.org, 2/6/12
“[Chansky] shares powerful strategies to help change how one reacts to anxious thought and responds to stress…Chansky is a gifted writer. Her style is clear and entertaining; it’s definitely not a clinical, textbook read. She provides illustrations and quotes which add levity and helps the reader understand the concepts she describes. This book will appeal to anyone who suffers with an anxiety disorder or anyone who knows a life-long ‘worrier’ who is in need of help facing everyday challenges.”
 
WomanAroundTown.com, 2/16/12
“Chansky addresses the issue head on.”
 
InfoDad.com, 2/16/12
“Shows how self-defeating thoughts and behaviors can be managed more effectively.”
 
Bangor Daily News, 2/20/12
“This excellent book just came out but it is already a classic.”
 
Philadelphia Tribune, 2/10/12
“Offers dozens of simple yet powerful strategies…Armed with [Chansky’s] strategies, readers can achieve accurate perceptions of their lives that can liberate them from fear and perfectionism.”
 
VIVmag.com, 2/22/12
“Picking up this book just might be the helpful first step we can take, changing what Chansky calls our ‘worry story’ to the life story we want.”

Spirituality and Practice
“The last section of the book contains a treasure-trove of material on coping with anger, jealousy, loss, shame, procrastination, perfectionism, failure, and criticism. Chansky proves her skills as a clinical psychologist with case histories of people dealing with various anxiety disorders. She really impresses when she offers wise counsel on handling these heavy hitters that are obstacles to the life we want.”

“The Bookworm Sez” (syndicated column)
“Might help you get off the worry-go-round…Freeing Yourself from Anxiety can help change your worrywart tendencies.”
 
Calgary Herald (Canada), 3/9
“Whether you’re a perfectionist, negative thinker or lifelong worrywart, it’s a good resource to get the ball rolling on a less-stressful life.”
 
Midwest Book Review, March Issue
“It's for everyone, covering daily frustrations and how to react to them more positively. From an introduction on how the brain handles anxiety to steps to seeing problems in a more rational manner, case histories supplement keys to possible thinking patterns in a title recommended not just for psychology holdings, but for any general lending library strong in self-help books on positive change.”

Bookviews (blog), April 2012
“If this problem is one in your own or the life of someone else you know this book will prove a life-changing experience.”

Montreal Gazette (Canada), 3/24/12
“Too much to do? Lots to worry about? Anxious feelings making you even more anxious? This book by Tamar E. Chansky may help calm you down. Though Chansky…includes a chapter on such conditions as obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder, she also offers useful advice to those with garden-variety anxiety…Chansky has a lively, accessible style. Her concrete, often humorous analogies can help us fight our anxious demons.”
 
Reference and Research Book News, April 2012
“Clearly written, it expands the focus beyond just anxiety and provides sections on assessing one’s strengths and cultivating compassion and gratitude.”
 
Curled Up with a Good Book, 4/18/12
“Offers common sense practical options to the epidemic of overreaction that is running rampant today. It is an imminently readable book because it does not talk down to readers or fly above their heads. If you or someone you know can be labeled a perpetual worrywart, buying Freeing Yourself from Anxiety is one of the best things you can do for yourself or them.”

San Francisco Book Review / Sacramento Book Review
Online, 5/10/12

“If you want to learn how to react more positively to moments of anxiety, then this book is for you…A good read.”

Natural Solutions
, 7/31/12
“Not just for those struggling with anxiety disorders or depression, her book provides solutions for anyone who wishes to learn how to react to moments of anxiety in a more effective manner.”

Taste for Life, August 2012
“With real-life examples and innovative strategies, this book is a great tool for feeling more confident and calm.”

Curled Up with a Good Book, 8/21/12
“A must-read for anyone who frequently suffers from the debilitating burden of paralyzing anxiety…A helpful, easy-to-use tool for anyone who needs to overcome their tendency to focus on the problems in their lives and instead channel their energies into finding and implementing solutions to those challenges.”

About the Author

Psychologist Tamar Chansky, PhD, is the founder and director of the Children’s Center for OCD and Anxiety and the author of Freeing Your Child from Anxiety. She lives in Philadelphia.


More About the Author

Tamar Chansky is a psychologist and author of four popular books. Her newest book for adults is: Freeing Yourself from Anxiety: Four Simple Steps to Overcome Worry and Create the Life You Want. Her previous books for parents are: Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking: Powerful, Practical Strategies to Build a Lifetime of Resilience, Flexibility and Happiness; Freeing Your Child from Anxiety, and Freeing Your Child from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Dr. Chansky is passionate about helping kids, parents and other adults pursue the lives that they want to lead, free from the obstacles of anxiety, pessimism and OCD. Dr. Chansky is frequently interviewed in newspapers and magazines on these topics as well as on the radio including NPR's Voices in the Family with Dr. Dan Gottlieb and The Parent's Journal with Bobbi Conner. A blogger on Huffington Post and Psychology Today, Dr. Chansky is the Founder and Director of The Children's and Adult Center for OCD and Anxiety in Plymouth Meeting PA, and of the educational website: worrywisekids.org. Dr. Chansky lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two daughters. Visit her website: www.tamarchansky.com.

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Olga Semenovskaya
This book gives you step by step instructions which are very useful, explains things in a very clear and gentle way, and also helps out with visual cues.
Mademoiselle
I highly highly recommend this book if you suffer from anxiety.
Sarah H

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Reader on April 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is excellent. For years I have been recommending Dr. Chansky's parenting books for anxiety to parents of my pediatric patients. This book though I gave to my husband. He has found it to be incredibly helpful in managing his anxiety and realizing that he can take control when he becomes anxious. He is reading the book one chapter at a time, implementing the strategies, and noticing a big difference. As with her other books, Dr. Chansky has done a great job in creating a highly readable book about techniques that can be easily applied. And most importantly, they work!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By MCT on November 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
I am a 62 yr old male who has suffered from debilitating anxiety for several years. I have read mountains of books on anxiety. This is hands down the BEST book on anxiety that you will ever read. I just happened to see it in a Kindle offering and decided one more can't hurt. You will never read a more clear and concise explanation of the reasons and remedy's for anxiety. She writes like Ernest Hemingway, you can't put it down.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Herp on October 27, 2012
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This book does a good job of explaning the source of anxiety and various coping mechanisms. It explores the idea that your thoughts drive your feelings. The key is being able to recognize when your thoughts have caused your feelings to move into overdrive.

The book is good reference source when particular issue arise.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By desert rose on April 24, 2012
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Dr. Chansky, thank you for sharing all your wisdom and insights with those of us who struggle with anxiety. This book was truly a gift. It's changing the way I look at situations and my ability to work through hard things. Probably, my very favorite part of this book was when Dr. Chansky talked about emotions being like waves or contractions that you have to ride. This image will stay with me always. I've read dozens of books on anxiety, and I'd have to say that this is most likely my 1st or 2nd top choice. You will find unique ideas in here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mademoiselle on December 8, 2013
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This book gives you step by step instructions which are very useful, explains things in a very clear and gentle way, and also helps out with visual cues. I think this is a great book for those trying to overcome their anxiety.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah H on October 26, 2013
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I highly highly recommend this book if you suffer from anxiety. It's the most helpful book I've read on the subject. It's just so logical, yet accessible; science-based. There are even pictures to go along with the main points, which is brilliant b/c images stick so nicely in the brain as mental shortcuts. Good exercises too. Just the way it's worded is so helpful --excellent use of metaphor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alberto Forero on June 14, 2013
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This is a great book if you apply the suggestions one at a time. A great book to handle anxiety either if you are considered "normal" or are going through a depression.
A good compannion if you do not have access to a psychologist....
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By Katie on February 18, 2014
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I found this book via a blog on stress and anxiety and found that it's centered around steps to reducing anxiety through cognitive behavioral therapy. It's written so that anyone facing stress or anxiety can relate and best understand the steps provided. I absolutely love this book; many kudos and thanks to the author. Will definitely recommend to others.
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