From panic attacks to chronic worry, more than 40 million Americans struggle with anxiety, making it one of the most common reasons people seek psychological help. Now, anxiety experts Martin M. Antony and Peter Norton provide sufferers with a state-of-the-art program for conquering their worries, phobias, and obsessions. The Anti-Anxiety Workbook offers an unrivalled toolkit of proven strategies drawn from cognitive-behavioral therapy, the most effective treatment for anxiety. Readers use convenient self-assessment worksheets to identify their worry triggers and keep track of their anxious moments in weekly journals. Hands-on exercises help them change the beliefs and behaviors that cause anxiety and worsen symptoms. Other techniques provide ways to achieve a new level of calm. Antony and Norton also offer clear advice on psychotherapy and the use of anti-anxiety medications. Grounded in the best available research, this powerful, practical book helps readers take control of their worries and get their lives back on track. Includes over two dozen reproducibles.
This title is part of The Guilford Self-Help Workbook Series, edited by Martin M. Antony.
Today's Diet and Health -- March/April 2009
The Boston Globe -- 5/30/09
Victoria Times Colonist -- 5/4/09
"Doctor Radio" -- March 2009
www.verytogether.com(excerpt) -- Spring 2009
"There have been major advances in the understanding and management of anxiety in recent years, and this book captures all of the key lessons. The techniques and strategies in these pages will help you learn to manage any type of anxiety and fear."
-Ronald M. Rapee, PhD, author of Overcoming Shyness and Social Phobia
"This book gets up-to-date, understandable, and accurate information directly into the hands of the people who need it. It lays out the path to recovery with straightforward examples and user-friendly tools. If you (or someone you care about) have any kind of anxiety problem, now you can find help and answers."
-Richard P. Swinson, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences (Emeritus), McMaster University, Canada
"If you are going to invest your time and energy in a self-help book, you need to be supported by more than just hope. You deserve to trust the authors as experts with combined decades (not years) of experience. You want to feel confident that the strategies are backed by proven science, and applying them will yield the promised results. This workbook delivers on all that."
-Reid Wilson, PhD, author of Don't Panic
"Everyone with anxiety problems should read this book! It tells you why you have anxiety and exactly, step by step, what you should do about it. It is reader friendly, easy to understand, and based on cutting-edge research. Truly a 'must read.'"
-Judith S. Beck, PhD, Director, Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research
"This is an invaluable self-help volume for people suffering from anxiety disorders. Packed with sound, practical information, the book lucidly describes and illustrates scientifically established strategies for overcoming anxiety. It is comprehensive in the many types of anxiety problems addressed and the range of treatment options covered. Although intended as a workbook for anxiety sufferers, this book is also an important resource for enabling students in the field of mental health to learn about the nature and treatment of anxiety disorders."
-Steven Taylor, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia, Canada
Introduction: The Faces of Anxiety
I. The Prep
1. Anxiety: The Big Picture
2. Getting to Know Your Anxiety
3. Getting Ready for Treatment
II. The Program
4. Changing Your Anxious Thinking
5. Eliminating the Safety Net
6. Confronting Feared Objects and Situations
7. Confronting Scary Thoughts, Memories, Images, and Urges
8. Confronting Frightening Feelings and Sensations
9. Learning to Relax: Relaxation, Meditation, and Acceptance
10. Medications and Herbal Remedies
III. In the Long Run
11. Creating an Anti-Anxiety Lifestyle
12. Overcoming Treatment Obstacles
13. Living without Anxiety
14. A Guide for Family and Friends
Appendix: Helpful Resources
About the Authors:
Martin M. Antony, PhD, President-Elect of the Canadian Psychological Association, is Professor and Director of Graduate Training in the Department of Psychology at Ryerson University in Toronto. He is also Director of Research at the Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre, St. Joseph's Healthcare, Hamilton, Ontario. An award-winning researcher, Dr. Antony is the coauthor of When Perfect Isn't Good Enough, 10 Simple Solutions to Panic, and numerous other books. His research, writing, and clinical practice focus on cognitive-behavioral therapy and the treatment of anxiety disorders. He has been widely quoted in the U.S. and Canadian media.
Peter J. Norton, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Houston and Director of the University of Houston Anxiety Disorder Clinic. His research on the study and treatment of anxiety has been honored with awards from the National Institutes of Health and other organizations. The author of over 50 research papers, Dr. Norton has delivered many presentations and workshops for the scientific community, therapists, and the general public.