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The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook, Fourth Edition 4th Edition
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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changed my lifetime of debilitating anxiety. worth trying. Best thing for me was finding out I was not alone.Published 1 month ago by John R
Great book, and has helped me a lot with my anxiety issues. Very common sense, and easy to follow.Published 2 months ago by bug's mom
Wealth of information! My sister has used this book as suggestion from her therapist to deal with anxiety. It had has helped her tremendously. Read morePublished 3 months ago by GApeach
Has alot of good information in it for anixity and panic attacks. Has good worksheets in it.Published 4 months ago by jackimiddlton
Highly recommend for anyone suffering from anxiety. An excellent self-care tool.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was very pleased with this book. Found it to be a very helpful tool in understanding aniexty.Published 5 months ago by Rogue
helpful after a stroke. read at the recommendation of my doc.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer