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The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Anxiety: A Step-by-Step Program 1st Edition

4.0 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1572245723
ISBN-10: 1572245727
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“Bill Knaus has hit the bullseye! From a horde of scientific studies and his own extensive experience, he has distilled an accessible, easily assimilated, pragmatic, and schematic approach to dealing with 'parasite' anxieties. Readers can work through this program in small bites to gradually advance their control over their destructive anxieties."
—Joseph Gerstein, MD, FACP, Harvard Medical School

From the Publisher

In The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Anxiety, noted expert psychologist William Knaus reprises his monumental Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Depression in this major self-help work on anxiety that offers a powerful blend of techniques for dealing with worry, fear, panic, and social anxiety.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572245727
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572245723
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I had been struggling with anxiety all my life and I didn't even know it. It got out of hand 6 years ago during my final year in university. I just had these crazy thoughts, that freaked me out and didn't make any kind of sense and I couldn't handle them.

I took medication and things settled down a little only to come back with a vengeance when I started a job I didn't really like. Well, as things would have happened, I got fired, but I decided it was time to take this problem into my own hands. I stumbled upon this book by accident. Reading books is the only thing I had not tried yet, I went to doctors, psychologist, psychiatrists and I took medication...so what did I have to lose.

This book opened my eyes. It gave me so much information on my problem that I just couldn't figure out on my own because I was so anxious and tensed. It really feels like you have your own little doctor talking to you in each page and everything is explained so clearly. It took me three months to read it cover to cover and I noticed some changes in the first weeks of starting the program.

Now, I read through it every month and I have reduced my medication, without any complications so far. If all goes well, in three months time (because I'm taking it slow) I should be off medication for good. My anxiety still makes cameo appearances in my life from time to time, but, I can control it now. These are my thoughts, and I am not gonna let them rule over me anymore, thanks to this book.
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I had been suffering with panic attacks and generalized anxiety for a few months. I tried therapy, meds, ect and found them all to be not for me. I was pointed to Cognitive Behavior Therapy by a college counselor, and bought this book. I LOVE it. It is set-up very well, has charts to write in, and has really reduced my anxiety. I have been doing a chapter (about 8 pages) a week for about 8 weeks and have really noticed a change. I highly recommend this book!
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I purchased this book to help me with anxiety issues and found it to be a very good self help tool. The exercises and action plans really helped me to see I can view anxiety differently and stop letting it control my life so much. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes self help programs. I haven't even finished the book yet but by using what I have learned so far I am able to approach circumstances that cause anxiety in a much more positive manner.
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Both this, and the other workbook in the series, "Cognitive Behavior Workbook for Depression", are excellent. I consider them essential in my helping clients. As combination workbook-textbooks for my clients it saves clients money on not having to neelessly spend additonal money for other supplimentary bibliotherapy resources. This is the only book clients will need to cover a complete course of therapy. Thw workbbok covers everything in fine detail. I have used these books for the last five years with very favorable results. The only difficulty I have encountered is that the authors do assume those who read the books have some basic familiarity with CBT concepts. Other then that I have found this book to be the best workbook available, or for that matter, the best client centered textbook, for helping clients in better understanding and managing their anxiety. I would also add the best price available is at Amazon.
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Helpful.

Wish the information would elaborate more on how to deal in specific situations- book is too broad with anxiety and does not particularly deliver info on how severe anxiety can be for some people. Wish it would build more on info and tactics to conquer anxiety.

The chapters tend to graze topics vs fully describe and (in detail) explain how to deal with certain things. Being as I am a person with mild to moderate anxiety, I know I look at everything from a very detail oriented perspective- perfectionism is a side-effect of anxiety and I did not feel that the book fully grabbed me and helped me understand how I could change this or use cognitive therapy to better my quality of life. The workbook aspect of it definitely makes you think a lot about what you could do- even if the outcomes are far different than those prescribed by the book.

the book did not supersede my expectations but definitely opened a playing field to help me feel like I am not alone.
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We all know how to be better humans than we are. If a person would buy this book no doubt they probably feel they have a need for it. Take if from an OCPD type personality that tends to be anxious over too many molehills. I enjoyed the book greatly. It's just a good feeling to know there are other people out there with similar problems to you. Anxiety has affected my physical well being and just taking anti anxiety drugs without addressing the cause of the anxiety is not nearly so good as using some of the self help suggestions and outlines in this book. Yes, I'm glad I bought it and yes I would recommend it to anyone with a need to reduce the anxiety in their life and get back to happiness. It's well written and it's understandable and having been to therapy it definitely supplemented the training that I have received. I would buy it again and more so I will continue to refer to it.
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