Out-of-control anxiety can be disabling—limiting where sufferers can go and what they can do, impeding life goals, and causing frightening physical symptoms. Fortunately, effective treatments are available, and cognitive behavior therapy—developed and tested over more than 25 years by pioneering clinician/researcher Aaron T. Beck—is one of the best. Now Dr. Beck and fellow cognitive therapy expert David A. Clark provide a complete, accessible, empowering workbook for anxiety sufferers who want to take back their lives. A wealth of self-assessment tools, worksheets, stories, and exercises help readers identify their own anxiety triggers and challenge the thoughts and beliefs that lead to distress. By learning to think differently, readers can truly loosen anxiety's grip—one manageable step at a time.
"Buy this gem of a book when you are ready to face your anxiety and take the necessary steps to overcome it. Drs. Clark and Beck are leaders in cognitive therapy, which has the highest anxiety treatment success rates in the world. Everyone who has ever felt anxious will recognize themselves in these pages and gain new understanding of what drives their anxiety. Even better, each chapter is packed with worksheets that can help lower anxiety within days and weeks. This is your chance to follow expert guidance with confidence as you take steps toward a calmer, happier future."
-Christine A. Padesky, PhD, coauthor of Mind Over Mood
"A great gift to anyone suffering from anxiety. This book is accessible, is written with warmth and wisdom, and includes the most up-to-date cognitive behavioral strategies. Enormously valuable, it is sure to inspire courage and hope."
-Paul Gilbert, PhD, author of The Compassionate Mind
"From world-renowned cognitive therapists, this hands-on, practical, step-by-step workbook can help you free yourself from debilitating anxiety and worry. Use this book as a daily guide to understanding and changing your thinking. Drs. Clark and Beck offer a clear and empowering roadmap for building a better life."
-Robert L. Leahy, PhD, author of The Worry Cure
"A valuable and accessible resource for the millions of people around the world who suffer from anxiety, especially those who have panic attacks, fear social situations, or are tormented by constant worry."
-Richard G. Heimberg, PhD, Director, Adult Anxiety Clinic, Temple University
Table of Contents
1. Making a New Start
2. Understanding Anxiety
3. The Anxious Mind
4. Getting Started
5. Developing Your Anxiety Profile
6. Transforming the Anxious Mind
7. Courageously Facing Fear
8. Let's Talk Strategy
9. Defeating Panic and Avoidance
10. Conquering Social Fear
11. Overcoming Worry
About the Authors:
David A. Clark, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of New Brunswick, Canada, where he also has had a private practice for 25 years. Dr. Clark is a widely recognized authority on cognitive behavior therapy for anxiety and depression and is the author of numerous books, including Overcoming Obsessive Thoughts. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association and Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.
Aaron T. Beck, MD, is University Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and President of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy. A world-renowned researcher, educator, and practicing psychiatrist, Dr. Beck is the founder of cognitive therapy. He has been honored with awards including the Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research and the American Psychological Association Lifetime Achievement Award.
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