Having gone through an incredible amount of research and reading on this topic over the last couple of years to help myself through anxiety, I have to say this is one of the most approachable and informative books I've found. I appreciate the format of the book, the fact he doesn't push pills, rather discouraging use of them in favor of conquering the anxiety, the relatable examples of people with anxiety (recognized myself in some unexpected ways through those examples) and the way he breaks down the different kinds of anxiety. The exercises are helpful. He is realistic that anxiety can be conquered but it requires maintenance so we don't fall back into bad habits (which is so true), and he provides excellent guidelines (a relapse prevention plan) to staying anxiety free in the long run (which not all books cover). He also covers the importance of nutrition, exercise and what happens in our brains when our anxiety is peaked which was helpful and it helped me (especially the nutrition part). Like the editorial review stated, the book itself is nice to handle and is very conductive for use as a work book as it opens flat. It is not at all overwhelming, it has just the amount information needed (and maybe a little more). I highly recommend it, renewed it from the library three times and I have been reading it and using it and am planning to buy it. I have found the book to be very valuable, helpful and just what I needed. So much so, I felt compelled to sign on and specifically write a review for this book, because I would like other people to benefit from it too or at least give it a try. Definitely give it my full recommendation.
Before purchasing this workbook; my understanding of what the general term "anxiety" encompassed was very limited. This workbook provided an awareness in me of how great the scope of anxiety is and the vast effect it has on my life. Working through this workbook has given me a wealth of knowledge about the variety of anxiety disorders and which physical and mental habits in my lifestyle contribute to this issue. The information and direction provided in this workbook has given me tremendous relief and hope! In just a matter of weeks, since purchasing this book and following it's advice, I have noted a marked improvement in the level of anxiety in my daily life. Learning that anxiety disorders can be managed through methods of change in behavior and thought, versus years of psychological and/or pharmaceutical therapy was a great relief! I highly recommend this book and am purchasing six more copies for the two siblings, two nephews, a niece and my mother, who also suffer from anxiety. I believe that the lives of my loved ones will be greatly improved by the information provided in this book.
Very user friendly, John Arden knows his stuff and seems to know a lot about my brain. That said, you can learn more about what's going on in your brain and practice ways the brain can better serve you. A book about neurology ....and what you eat for breakfast! News you can use. Fun to read and I gained insights into to my brand of anxiety just by filling out the workbook. Of course cultivating and keeping new habits is the challenge!
The content of this book is excellent and has helped me crawl out of myself to see that the things I have felt threatened by are actually no threat at all. The exercises are challenging but have made such a difference in how I view the world. I am so much better now than I was and though I still feel anxiety almost daily, the intensity and duration is much less severe than it was. I just finished this book and feel so much stronger already; I can't wait to see how much better I will feel after a month or six of working my relapse plan.
The only suggestion I would make is to make the worksheets printable. I have had to make my own with Excel.