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Product Details

  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (September 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160623918X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606239186
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Buy this gem of a book when you are ready to face your anxiety and take the necessary steps to overcome it. Drs. Clark and Beck are leaders in cognitive therapy, which has the highest anxiety treatment success rates in the world. Everyone who has ever felt anxious will recognize themselves in these pages and gain new understanding of what drives their anxiety. Even better, each chapter is packed with worksheets that can help lower anxiety within days and weeks. This is your chance to follow expert guidance with confidence as you take steps toward a calmer, happier future."--Christine A. Padesky, PhD, coauthor of Mind Over Mood

"From world-renowned cognitive therapists, this hands-on, practical, step-by-step workbook can help you free yourself from debilitating anxiety and worry. Use this book as a daily guide to understanding and changing your thinking. Drs. Clark and Beck offer a clear and empowering roadmap for building a better life."--Robert L. Leahy, PhD, author of The Worry Cure

"A great gift to anyone suffering from anxiety. This book is accessible, is written with warmth and wisdom, and includes the most up-to-date cognitive behavioral strategies. Enormously valuable, it is sure to inspire courage and hope."--Paul Gilbert, PhD, author of The Compassionate Mind

"A valuable and accessible resource for the millions of people around the world who suffer from anxiety, especially those who have panic attacks, fear social situations, or are tormented by constant worry."--Richard G. Heimberg, PhD, Director, Adult Anxiety Clinic, Temple University


“An excellent resource of well-tested exercises, explanations and encouragement.”--The Psychologist
(The Psychologist 2013-07-12)

“The book is nicely structured. It guides readers to understanding their anxiety and develop strategies to overcoming their problems, using excellent case examples, trouble shooting tips, worksheets and homework exercises throughout….Gives a clear, accessible description of cognitive therapy (CT) for anxiety disorders, how it works, and what to expect from therapy sessions and a therapist. This is particularly helpful for readers using this book in conjunction to therapy….The book nicely balances normalizing people’s experiences and inspiring hope and motivation, with gentle reminders that overcoming anxiety can take time and requires practice in implementing the strategies taught throughout the book….This book is an excellent, accessible self-help manual for individuals suffering from anxiety. It would also be a valuable tool for therapists and an accompaniment to patients already having cognitive therapy.”--Journal of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy
(Journal of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy 2014-01-06)

About the Author

David A. Clark, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of New Brunswick, Canada, where he also has had a private practice for 25 years. Dr. Clark is a widely recognized authority on cognitive behavior therapy for anxiety and depression and is the author of numerous books, including The Mood Repair Toolkit. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association and Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.

 
Aaron T. Beck, MD, is the founder of cognitive therapy, University Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, and President Emeritus of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Dr. Beck is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Albert Lasker Clinical Medical Research Award, the American Psychological Association (APA) Lifetime Achievement Award, the American Psychiatric Association Distinguished Service Award, the Robert J. and Claire Pasarow Foundation Award for Research in Neuropsychiatry, and the Institute of Medicine's Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health and Gustav O. Lienhard Award.
 
Together, Drs. Clark and Beck are the authors of a related professional book, Cognitive Therapy of Anxiety Disorders, also published by Guilford.

More About the Author

David A. Clark, clinical psychologist, researcher, therapist and Professor of Psychology at the University of New Brunswick, Canada received his formal training in behavior therapy and a PhD in 1984 at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London, England. He then proceeded to postdoctoral research and clinical training under Dr. Aaron T. Beck at the Center for Cognitive Therapy, University of Pennsylvania. He has since coauthored several books on cognitive behavior therapy of anxiety and depression with Dr. Beck, the founder of cognitive therapy, including Scientific Foundations of Cognitive Theory and Therapy of Depression, Cognitive Therapy of Anxiety Disorders: Science and Practice, and The Anxiety & Worry Workbook: The Cognitive Behavioral Solution. His most recent work, The Mood Repair Toolkit, is scheduled for publication in August, 2014. While maintaining an active speaking, professional workshop, teaching and research schedule, David also finds time to pursue his hobbies and leisure activities like carpentry, running and water skiing. The father of two adult daughters, Natascha and Christina, he lives at home in an old Victorian era house with his life-long partner, Nancy Nason-Clark, sociologist,and maintains a part-time private practice.

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I highly recommend it to anyone with anxiety issues.
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Overall, I think this is a superb workbook and, if you can do all the exercises in this workbook, you will gain new skills to manage anxiety and worry.
Laura J
I work with a lot of people with anxiety and this is a great tool to provide them with the tools to deal with their worries and anxieties.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Donald Robertson on April 7, 2012
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This is an important book, for obvious reasons. It's the first self-help book on anxiety by Aaron T. Beck, the founder of cognitive therapy. It's published hot on the heels of Beck's 2010 revised treatment manual for cognitive therapy of anxiety disorders, also co-authored with David Clark. Beck's original treatment manual for anxiety was published in 1985 and revised in 2005 but this is a major revision of his approach. He has now provided an extremely comprehensive account of the scientific evidence for cognitive therapy and a more carefully defined and up-to-date set of guidelines for clinicians. This self-help workbook is basically the companion text for that clinical manual, presenting the same approach in a version designed for the general public to use by themselves or as homework when seeing a cognitive therapist using the same approach.

It's not as much of of a light-read as some popular self-help books. It's a workbook in the true sense, with a thorough and systematic chapter-by-chapter approach, including many forms to complete and regular exercises to engage in, perhaps requiring half an hour of work per day for several months. This, in other words, is a serious evidence-based guide to addressing anxiety directly and it will require commitment from the reader.

The book begins with a generic approach to anxiety, which can be used for subclinical problems and many mild-moderate issues. The later chapters focus on three special categories of anxiety: panic attacks, social anxiety and chronic worry. These problems are experienced by many people but the chapters will, of course, be particularly relevant to people who suffer from panic disorder, social phobia, or generalised anxiety disorder (sometimes called the "worry" disorder).
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Laura J on July 7, 2013
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I am a cognitive behavior therapist specializing in anxiety disorders. I often recommend this book to my clients who have generalized anxiety, excessive worry, panic attacks or social anxiety. I consider this to be an advanced workbook as it is more helpful to people who have already read a more basic workbook on anxiety or clients who already have a basic understanding of CBT. It has a strong emphasis on cognitive skills to help you change your thinking about anxiety by learning to assess danger more realistically as well as increase your ability to cope with the situations that make you anxious. In Chapter 7, it also includes some behavioral work incorporating exposure therapy, which is critical for anyone trying to get control of anxiety. Research has indicated that exposure may be the most critical element in reducing anxiety. I have found that a combination of exposure plus cognitive restructuring is most beneficial. Otherwise, people may be too afraid or unmotivated to face their fears in real life. The cognitive work helps people get ready to do things that are uncomfortable. Paradoxically, the way to reduce anxiety is to approach it and even welcome anxiety into your life. The less you fear being anxious, the less anxious you will feel. I really like Chapter 11 on Overcoming Worry. It is one of the best chapters I have read on strategies to deal with worry. Overall, I think this is a superb workbook and, if you can do all the exercises in this workbook, you will gain new skills to manage anxiety and worry.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By j-man on May 6, 2012
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I have suffered from anxiety and stress all of my life. Mountains out of molehills should be on my tombstone. This is a well written book with many suggestions that put things in context that allow you to change. I know the things that I do wrong but it's nice to know you are not alone. The writer understands the many little things that you can do to tweak your life and stand off and look at yourself and trim your sails. It's just like having a little therapy right beside your recliner. I read it and reread it. I have undergone therapy sessions and I would have to say I get as much out of some of this advice as I do in the therapist office. I would recommend it to anyone suffering from anxiety and stress and letting it affect their daily living.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephen B. on February 14, 2014
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Great book if you are ready to do some real work. I would recommend it to anyone who needs an action approach.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Glo on July 31, 2013
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Very good book. It has helped me a lot. I especially needed the worry part. I will re-read it since it is very helpful. Thank You!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JenniferM on February 20, 2014
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This book is great for anyone who suffers from anxiety. I started it and within a day I had read 50 pages and I'm not much of a reader. It has a lot of good information in it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By james b redrow on February 15, 2014
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Great book, really helpful. I would recommend to anyone with anxiety or anyone studying this area Recommend other books by this author
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By charlotte maher on November 25, 2012
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The book helps one think in a more structured way and allows one to think about what he/she is thinking. It also helps one make a decision or choice as to how one thinks with the knowledge that what one thinks influences how one feels and acts.
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