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“Robert L. Leahy, one of America’s most respected self-help psychologists, treats us to a tour de force in how to help soothe our anxious minds. With the most ancient and up-to-date wisdom and self-help techniques, Dr. Leahy is an expert guide and coach.”

 

— Paul Gilbert, Ph.D., author of Overcoming Depression: A Step-by-Step Approach to Gaining Control Over Depression



Anxiety Free, by the internationally renowned Dr. Robert L. Leahy ,provides us with a state-of-the art guide to overcoming anxiety. Written in his trademark accessible style, Dr. Leahy’s new book will help you develop your own self-help program, using the latest and most powerful techniques of cognitive therapy. His ingenious use of ‘rule-books’ immediately empowers you to know why you feel anxious and what you can do right now to overcome your fears. I highly recommend this excellent book.”

 

— Aaron T. Beck, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania



“If you have a problem with anxiety, this is the book for you. Anxiety Free provides detailed practical guidelines for understanding and overcoming all types of anxiety problems. You can trust this book.”

 

— Christopher G. Fairburn, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, University of Oxford



“Robert L. Leahy has written a comprehensive and vital primer which offers hope for recovery to even the most severe cases of fear and anxiety. This well-crafted book is replete with self-diagnostic tools and easy-to-use, step-by-step scientific procedures for freeing oneself from the pain of anxiety. Anxiety Free is a pleasure to read and is full of many helpful case examples. It offers reassurance and hope to the millions who struggle with this crippling ailment. A must read for anyone who has ever experienced debilitating fear or anxiety.”

 

— Frank M. Dattilio, Ph.D., ABPP, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School



“Dr. Leahy has done it again. Drawing from recent and well-supported research findings, Leahy, speaking in understandable and appealing language, offers powerful suggestions for addressing myriad anxiety problems. Sufferers of chronic and debilitating anxiety can take heart in a uniquely helpful resource.”

 

— Douglas Mennin, Ph.D., Director, Yale Anxiety and Mood Services, Department of Psychology, Yale University



“With beautifully clear prose and great case illustrations, [Robert Leahy] brings to life the central issues and theories involved in anxiety disorders. This book offers hope, and more importantly, it brings cutting-edge knowledge about treatment into the hands of the reader.”

 

— Sheri L. Johnson, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley



“This is a masterful book written by a master clinician. [Leahy’s] straightforward and conversational style talks directly to the reader as if the reader was in his office. Even the most anxious person will find this book helpful, useful, and calming. Following his clear program and rules will help to put the anxiety demons to rest.”

 

— Arthur Freeman, Ed.D., author of Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda . . .



“This book packs a potent therapeutic punch that sets new standards for self-help manuals. As in The Worry Cure, Leahy once again provides a masterful presentation of the latest treatment innovations but this time for all the major anxiety conditions. He writes in a clear, uncomplicated, conversational style that the reader will find highly informative and engaging. His explanations, clinical illustrations, and practical step-by-step instructions will transform how people think about and manage anxiety. Anxiety Free should be required reading for anyone who has struggled with anxiety.”

 

— David Clark, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of New Brunswick

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Robert L. Leahy, Ph.D., is recognized as one of the most respected cognitive therapists, and is known internationally as a leading writer and speaker in the field cognitive therapy. For 25 years, Leahy has been practicing this revolutionary treatment to help free his patients from their struggle with anxiety. He holds a number of high-ranking positions in his field, including director of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy, president of the International Association of Cognitive Psychotherapy, president of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and president of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He is the author and editor of 15 books, including the best-selling The Worry Cure; and has been featured in The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Forbes, Fortune, Newsweek, Psychology Today, Washington Post, Redbook, Shape, First for Women, Women’s Health, Self, and USA Today Magazine. He has also appeared on national and local radio and television including 20/20, Good Morning America, and The Early Show.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House; 2 edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401921647
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401921644
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I know that the author a very important name in the CBT world. This fact made me buy this book. Despite the stellar endorsements from such giants like Aaron Beck, in my opinion, this book is not an essential read for someone who suffers from anxiety. It fails mainly because it lacks a clear step-by-step strategy.

Dr. Leahy tries to cover every possible anxiety variation: panic attack, social anxiety, GAD and so on. Each requires a somewhat different approach.

Author's goal for writing this book a bit confusing. It looks like he meant it as a self-help book. If so, it's not deep enough. If I, say, suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder, I would much rather prefer a book dedicated to GAD alone, rather than a book that lists a brief coverage of every possible disorders without giving me a clear step-by step road-map. Also, I'd require a book that emphasizes how to challenge the distorted thinking, which requires much more than a few pages. I felt lost in all the information without knowing what's essential.

The most helpful books on anxiety, by the way, already exist and it's very hard to top them. Please check them out: Anxiety Workbook by Bourne. This book also covers many varieties of anxiety, but is better organized. Another book, Mind over Mood by Padesky-mainly focuses on distorted thinking that causes depression, low self-esteem and anxiety.
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As a clinician who specializes in treatment of anxiety disorders, this book is an excellent adjunct to providing evidence-based psychotherapy for any client suffering from an anxiety disorder. For those clients suffering from anxiety who do not have access to care, this book provides all of the details covered in treatment.
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This book is absolutely wonderful and informative. Robert Leahy puts anxiety in a whole new light than I have ever found in any other book. With the help of this book and 2 others from this author, I remain anxiety free.
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This book covers the six different types of anxiety disorders. The book also describes why people have anxiety. The book discusses what to do to help each type of anxiety. The book also has a section on medications and relaxation exercises to help one cope without the use of medications. I would highly recommend this wonderful, well written book. Especially if you or a loved one suffers from any form of anxiety.
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This book should be the anxiety bible for every therapist. I hadn't even finished and the book helped me tremendously. I have not had to take my anxiety pills and my attacks disappear so fast and I am able to work and go anywhere now. This book is life changing.
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I actually purchased this book by accident on my Kindle. I was browsing and selected it before I was finished, but decided to keep it as it was only $4.99. This book has been life changing for me. As a result of being able to put a name to my anxiety and using the strategies, this former worry wort is much more relaxed. My only complaint is that the charts and diagrams are almost impossible to read on the Kindle, or at least I have not figured out how to get the zoom feature to work on them.
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I can highly recommend this book for anxiety sufferers and for therapists treating anxiety sufferers. One of the most helpful aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for anxiety disorders is the way that the therapist helps the patient makes sense of the bewildering and often frightening symptoms. "Anxiety Free" does this without the pricetag of a therapy session. Anxiety Free highlights the common processes underlying all anxiety, and helps the reader understand the often humorous set of rules they are following which maintains their anxiety. Dr. Leahy also pulls together top strategies for dealing with anxiety from a wide range of treatments. The writing is accessible, the tone is humorous yet compassionate. A great, helpful read!
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This book is a remarkable addition to the self-help literature. I highly recommend it to people suffering with anxiety and therapists alike. Dr. Leahy's "Anxiety Free" is more than a simple outline of popular and possible cognitive behavioral therapy techniques. The book uses innovative methods of presentation, e.g. "rulebooks" for anxiety, to bring the entire area of anxiety disorders into perspective. The cutting edge of cognitive and behavioral therapy is represented in a 100% user friendly manner. This book is beyond worth it, and it is essential reading in the treatment of anxiety problems. I'm recommending it to my patients. - Dennis Tirch PhD, Fellow Academy of Cognitive Therapy
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