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The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook, Fourth Edition 4th Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 177 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1572244139
ISBN-10: 1572244135
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A revision of the best-selling classic, this fourth edition of this book provides step-by-step help for sufferers of anxiety and phobic disorders. It offers the latest treatment strategies for the whole range of these problems-panic disorder, agoraphobia, generalized anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder-with revisions that include updated information on medications, mindfulness training, and health-related conditions that aggravate anxiety.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 4 edition (May 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572244135
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572244139
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert T. Merrill on December 26, 2005
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I bought this back in August, based on my family doctor's recommendation and many good reviews. The change-your-thoughts therapies described have come a long way since I was first exposed to them in the mid-1980s. The worksheets make writing (journaling) easier and more effective. I also appreciate the breadth of help offered; Dr. Bourne gives you a lot of different things to try, and see what helps.

For all that, I still keep returning to Claire Weekes ("Hope and Help for Your Nerves," ISBN 0451167228). What that dear woman managed to figure out back in the 1960s still amazes me. And her words convey a strong, sweet, compassion that Dr. Bourne's "Workbook" lacks. The two books complement and strengthen one another.

Be kind to yourself, and don't be too proud or too ashamed to give medication a try, too.
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The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook addresses the whole range of anxiety disorders and symptoms and how to deal with them. Chapters focus on relaxation techniques, coping strategies, interfering thoughts, identifying feelings, assertiveness, and self-esteem. Types of medication and what to consider are also explained. Even areas that you wouldn't think would be related to anxiety, like nutrition, are explored.

I first bought this book when I was in graduate school and found it to be an incredibly helpful resource to use with clients. I have done exercises from the book with clients or even encouraged them to buy a copy for themselves. The text is written in a reader-friendly way; someone with anxiety who might not want to go see a counselor could use this book and gain some relief from their symptoms (of course, the actual exercises would have to be completed, not just read). The cognitive-behavioral approach that this book takes is the intervention of choice for most therapists for working with people with anxiety issues.
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I think all of us that suffer from anxiety disorders are so happy to find someone who has an inkling of what we are going through that we are willing to give that person five stars, just for their understanding.

First the good: I won't go into detail, because other reviewers have done an excellent job of pointing out how comprehensively the author has listed and described the various modalities that can be used to reduce anxiety-he truly presents a holistic approach.

Next, the not-so-good: the author is a therapist at heart and by degree, and it shows in his writing. Some anxiety disorders, panic disorder for example, really respond much better to medication that therapy, despite the current craze over CBT. He also dislikes the Xanax (Klonopin, Ativan) family of drugs because they are "addictive" (he means "causes dependence"), that is, if you stop taking them the drug abruptly, you may well suffer a withdrawal, so you are advised to taper the withdrawal from the medication, which is a good idea with many meds. What he fails to mention is that the Xanax family (benzodiazepines) is far-and-away the most prescribed and effective psychoactive set of medications for anxiety disorders. You might want to check the Web site [...] or others for confirmation of that statement. Remarkably, he suggests taking medications like gabapentin instead, which are vastly more toxic than the Xanax family (but then, that's not hard, Xanax, et. al. are very, very non-toxic). There are other examples, but the medication section is a bit weak-and as to the objection that medication just masks "the cause"-the cause may be that you chose the wrong parents and inherited the wrong genes.

Another objection is that the author suggests taking mega doses of vitamins for anxiety.
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Been using this book for a few weeks now. I recommend it greatly if you have issues with either anxiety or phobia. It's a college textbook that gives a ton of interesting detail. I've learn a lot from it.
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This is by far the best book on anxiety I ever read. It is very easy to read and very complete. It helped me a lot and I warmly reccomend it to everyone suffering from anxiety.
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This is an actual "workbook". It doesn't just say that you should do certain things to overcome anxiety. It gives specific details about specific techniques you can use. There are pages that you fill out to assess your specific breed of anxiety, and it recommends certain techniques for each type of anxiety. This book is written in a way that the general public can understand. The beginning has an overview of the types of anxiety/phobias. A lot of information is repeated in different sections, but that just helps reinforce the knowledge. This is great in conjunction with Lucinda Bassett's book, From Panic to Power.
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This is an amazing book.I myself found that it actually helped me learn to cope rather than fight anxiety.Very well written.If you have anxiety or phobias get this book!!!I never realized how much i was stressing myself out until the book helped me see what i was doing wrong.
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Good resource for clients with anxiety issues --- has a general questionnaire to help clients identify their symptoms and specific anxiety disorders. Whenever I give it to my clients, they have an aha moment where they recognize themselves and their symptoms.
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