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The Worry Cure: Seven Steps to Stop Worry from Stopping You Paperback – October 24, 2006
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“Dr. Leahy’s The Worry Cure should have been titled, ‘Seven Simple Steps to a Stress-Free Life.’ This book offers practical and powerful tools to reverse your worry and transform the quality of your life.” —Anthony Robbins, author of Awaken the Giant Within and Unlimited Power
“Highly instructive and accessible . . . Worriers will find relief here.” —Janis Abrahms Spring, Ph.D., author of After the Affair and How Can I Forgive You?
“I heartily recommend this book to everybody who is worried . . . and that includes practically all of us. Eminent psychologist Dr. Robert L. Leahy has designed an easy-to-follow program pinpointing unproductive worries across the broad spectrum of relationships, work, health, and finances. In elegant style, he shows how to neutralize and even eliminate them.” —Aaron T. Beck, M.D., president of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research and university professor emeritus of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania
“An excellent book. The self-assessment questionnaires narrow down each reader’s personal domains of worry, giving them a leg up on making life-altering changes, and the easy-to-understand step-by-step procedures for overcoming worry provide useful tools that are research-based.” —Monica Ramirez Basco, Ph.D., author of Never Good Enough and coauthor of Getting Your Life Back
“Clear and easy to follow . . . like having Dr. Leahy, one of the foremost psychologists in the world, as your personal therapist. His superb insights and understanding of worry allow him to reasonably and logically address this often unreasonable and illogical problem.” —Arthur Freeman, Ed.D., A.B.P.P., coauthor of Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda and The 10 Dumbest Mistakes Smart People Make and How to Avoid Them
“Compelling, informative, and highly accessible. This book is certain to become the standard in assisting those who worry achieve fuller, healthier lives.” —Douglas Mennin, director of the Yale Anxiety and Mood Services
“A must-read . . . During a time when society is under more stress than ever comes this comprehensive book written by one of the world’s most noted authorities. Packed with clinical advice in a practical style, it addresses everyone from the occasional worrywart to some of the most severe types of ruminators.” —Frank M. Dattilio, Ph.D., A.B.P.P., department of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
"Engagingly and persuasively [Leahy] coaxes self-tormentors to have mercy on themselves. Rather than offering palliatives, like 'be more positive,' or 'try to get your mind off it,' he acknowledges that many chronic worriers—including the subset he calls 'defensive pessimists'—want to worry, and are superstitious that, if they fail to worry, they will jinx themselves. Instead he recommends that they manage their fears by scheduling regular freakout sessions, and gives pointers on how they can realistically deal with their concerns.
[The Worry Cure's] seven chapters offer self-testing personality profiles, case study parables, and Dr. Leahy's analyses to help readers identify their stumbling blocks and learn how to hurdle them. This crash course in gnosis is followed by five chapters on common fixations like 'What if nobody likes me?' 'What if my lover leaves me?'and 'What if I really am sick?'
You may or may not turn out to be the unlovable outcast you fear you are, but that's beside the point. 'Worry more effectively,' the author says; and remember that it's your parents who really ought to be stressed out. After all, you are their fault." —New York Times Styles
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Top Customer Reviews
That being said, The Worry Cure is a distillation of his works for mass-market publication, and in doing so, has performed a valuable public health service.
While Dr. Leahy does not distinguish between "worry," which is not a clinical diagnosis, and "anxiety," which is, I came away from this book feeling strongly that it would greatly benefit those who, like me, suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
Dr. Leahy begins the book by having the reader take a self-assessment. A number of questionnaires are designed to create your "worry profile, to include estimations of your, personal beliefs on self and relationships, and your ability to tolerate uncertainty.
Dr. Leahy then lays out a seven-step worry-reduction plan, which begins with identifying productive and unproductive worry, progressing to improving skills for accepting reality, challenging worried thinking and learning to harness unpleasant emotions such as fear or anger.
Leahy uses a number of case examples to cover the broad life anxieties that may spark dysfunctional thinking: relationships, health, money and work. Following Leahy's steps involves keeping emotion diaries, answering a battery of questions to monitor and challenge worries and maintaining regular vigilance over your thoughts.
This is not a typical, frothy, feel-good, self-help book that you can run through and "tada" feel better. You will need discipline and commitment to your recovery to fllow Dr Leahy's perscriptions.
Then, and only then can you expect relief to be on the way!
I bought 5 books off of amazon..and this was the only book that made complete sense..and actually worked! This guy is a genius! LOL! He goes over problems your too scared to talk about,or even think of! Goes into details of why you worry..for what reasons..and reasonable answers and ways to stop! I am so happy,and thankful that i have this book..i have stopped my daily worrying instantly right after i read this book! Please buy if you want help to stop worrying!! Its an A+++++++ book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a chronic worrier with anxiety disorder, this book has been a helpful tool among several that I use to try to keep my anxiety in check. Read morePublished 10 days ago by citygirl
It was very special and I will be giving it to my brother for his special 70th birthday.Published 2 months ago by Jane Maretz
I am still in the process of reading this book (am 1/3 to 1/2way through) and I have really enjoyed it so far. Read morePublished 2 months ago by SMH
This book was to the point, and after reading about the seven steps, you could then choose to read about what specific worry pertains to you. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dave Eskoz
bought as a gift. seems like helpful info to anyone dealing with stress or anxiety.Published 3 months ago by truthsayer
This book spoke to me! I'm taking so much away with me! It was written with wonderful examples and everyday situations. Give it a try if worry has been a big part of your life!Published 3 months ago by Sue Nall
I am skeptical about buying any book that proclaims to cure anything. I am a health care professional and I bought this book as well as listened to it on audio. Read morePublished 4 months ago by shopper 1
I bought this for my wife and all it did was give her this air of condescension every time I asked if the book was helping and what the resolution was. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Matthew