Anxiety Books

Anxiety Books for Adults (Books for teens and children, please scroll down)

Hope and Help for Your Nerves, by Dr. Claire Weekes Hope and Help for Your Nerves, by Dr. Claire Weekes

Dr Claire Weekes offers a practical program for replacing fear and anxiety with understanding and self-confidence. It should be of interest to those suffering from panic attacks, stress, agoraphobia, stage fright and shyness.

Review: “Having had anxiety for too many years, I came across this book and didn’t immediately buy it. I, for some reason, did not think it was written for panic attack sufferers, maybe because of the title. However, it is. She calls it nervous suffering and explains in such a simple, effective way, how to overcome it. I was, literally, dumbfounded, and found almost immediate relief. My suggestion is this: If you suffer from panic attacks, get this book!!! It will help you in immeasurable ways!!!”

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Peace From Nervous Suffering, by Dr. Claire WeekesPeace From Nervous Suffering, by Dr. Claire Weekes

This work offers help to those suffering from the commonest kind of nervous illness – the anxiety state (often called nervous breakdown). In addition, Dr Claire Weekes offers advice to those whose illness is dominated by a particular fear – agoraphobia.

Review: “Dr. Weekes Saved My Life. The book “Peace from Nervous Suffering” literally saved my life. I found this book in the late 1960s, after suffering from agoraphobia and panic disorder since my early teens. No one knew what it was in the late 1950s, when I was a teen. I married at 19, then continued to suffer, so I went to a psychiatrist for 2 years. He was a traditional Freudian psychiatrist who gamely nodded his head and said, “And then what happened”? After 2 years, and prescriptions that I rarely took (I was afraid of the side effects), I finally quit the psychiatrist. Shortly thereafter, I found this book and read it. It was like a bright light shined through my mind, when it was all explained to me in plain language. I couldn’t put the book down and felt so relieved that I wasn’t the only one with this problem. And that I wasn’t crazy. Long story, short. I applied her solutions (and she does give the tools to deal and heal), and in my mid 30’s I finally licked this problem. I am now 56. Whatever you do, before you hop on the drug bandwagon, read this book first.”

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The Anxiety Disease by David Sheehan MDThe Anxiety Disease by David Sheehan MD

Anxiety is not always psychological but rather a disease that can now be controlled. The symptoms are devastating: sudden unprovoked attacks of anxiety-accompanied by skipping and racing of the heart, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, dizzy spells. Even worse is the fear that you are losing your mind. But here’s the good news. The more unexpected and unprovoked the attacks or the symptoms, the more likely that the victim is suffering from a biologically beset disease. What’s more, medical science can now overcome this disease in virtually all cases through a combination of drugs and behavior therapy.This book offers new hope to millions of men and women across the country.

Review: “This book was the first step in changing my life and ending anxiety’s control over it. This book should be read by those *who feel they suffer alone; *who feel they have a personality flaw that causes their anxiety; *who discourage themselves because they mistakenly believe that their anixety can be overcome by ‘pulling themselves together’ like ‘other people do'; *are afraid to take medicines for anxiety

Sheehan’s book breaks the taboo that ‘its all in your mind’, but rather demonstrates how the “anxiety disease” has a biological base and thus can be treated … completely managed by proper medication.

Though dated (many new medicines have come to the market since Sheehan’s book), this book explains to the lay person the new paradigm of modern psychopharmacology. (It should be required reading for every psychiatrist!)”

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The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook, Fourth Edition by by Edmund J. Bourne Ph.D.The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook, Fourth Edition by by Edmund J. Bourne Ph.D.

This book excels not only in explaining the cause and nature of anxiety disorders and phobias but also in describing treatments. Any who’ve struggled with panic attacks and fears will find this packed with self-help exercises and guidelines to overcoming anxiety and stress, from understanding how to assert oneself to creating a positive recovery strategy. This focuses on handling feelings, including plenty of tips on handling life problems.

Review: “The day leading up to finding this book in the bookstore was probably one of my worst days. I had been tortured all day by extreme fear and anxiety about some stupid ungrounded fear. On the way home from a shopping trip I opened up to my wife about it and started to cry. She said lets go to the local bookstore and find a book about anxiety that might help you.

I found this book on the shelf and immediately started to read it that night. Over the next few months I reread it four more times and filled the pages with highlited paragraphs which really helped me. I like the way the book is formatted with specific topics, explanations and simple techniques to practice. I was able to see myself in almost every page of this book. This really helped me feel like I was not alone on my journey. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is suffering out there today.”

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When Panic Attacks: The New, Drug-Free Anxiety Therapy That Can Change Your Life by David D. Burns MDWhen Panic Attacks by David D. Burns M.D.

You can defeat your fears. In When Panic Attacks, Dr. Burns takes you by the hand and shows you how to overcome every conceivable kind of anxiety. In fact, you will learn how to use more than forty simple, effective techniques, and the moment you put the lie to the distorted thoughts that plague you, your fears will immediately disappear. Dr. Burns also shares the latest research on the drugs commonly prescribed for anxiety and depression and explains why they may sometimes do more harm than good.

Review: “The information and techniques presented in this book changed my life in a profound way. Not only have I become a FAR less anxious individual in general, but I have the tools to combat every type of mood swing imaginable. My self esteem is at heights I could have never imagined. Whether you panic left and right, have mild anxiety, or are simply a human being, I GUARANTEE this book is worth your time. This is the real stuff: researched based and tested over and over again.”

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From Panic to Power: Proven Techniques to Calm Your Anxieties, Conquer Your Fears, and Put You in Control of Your Life From Panic to Power: Proven Techniques to Calm Your Anxieties, Conquer Your Fears, and Put You in Control of Your Life by Lucinda  Bassettby Lucinda Bassett

The author suffered from a serious anxiety disorder. Not only did she ultimately overcome that disability but she also found an extraordinary talent for helping others, which shines through in her first book. Her experiences will strike a chord in anyone who has problems with anxiety. Beyond that, her common-sense approach, which appears to use the same principles as cognitive therapy, conveys reassurance and hope.

Review: “Excellent Choice for Anxiety Sufferers. This is without a doubt the best book written on the anxiety disorders. It is NOT written from a clinical standpoint, with scary and hard-to-understand language. Rather, it comes from the author’s personal experiences (not some therapist’s theory). The book lets you in on Ms. Bassett’s life as a former panic sufferer and takes you on her personal road to recovery (It’s possible!!). She offers everything from why people develop anxiety, how to conquer it, and encouragement every step of the way. She also has a wonderful audio program that you can get info on in this book. If you are suffering from anxiety, as I was when I found this book, I encourage you to read it. It’s possibly the BEST self-help book on the market today. It truly changed my life.”

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Dying of Embarrassment: Help for Social Anxiety & Phobia by Barbara G. MarkwayDying of Embarrassment: Help for Social Anxiety & Phobia by Barbara G. Markway

Review: “Great, best book I’ve ever read on the subject!!

I suffer from social phobia and this is the first book I have read that describes social phobia so adequately. The author seemed to read my mind. I could relate to so many of the situations in the book.

The treatment plan is very helpful. I’ve read a lot about anxiety and phobias and even though I know what to do to help overcome their hold on my life, it is very hard to do on a daily basis. When you are trying to hold down a job and not let your co-workers know you have this problem, it creates more anxiety. But this book is extremely well written with good advice for anyone suffering from social phobia. I highly recommend it. It has been a source of great strength for me. It rests on my nightstand where I can refer to it at anytime. Thank you for writing this book.”

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How to Get Off Psychiatric Drugs Safely – 2010 EditionHow to Get Off Psychiatric Drugs Safely - 2010 Edition

Here is an essential handbook on how to safely and more easily wean yourself (under medical supervision) off the heavily over-prescribed psychotropic medications. I have used the program with my patients and it works!- Hyla Cass M.D.

Review: “Saved my life. The author does not sell the supplements recommended in his book. The book tells you what to get and use for supplements, but did not sell me anything. The book gave me a step-by-step program to follow and I was able to get off my benzo and SSRI this time. The author’s non-profit even gave me free support through out my tapering. Anyone that has had trouble getting off a medication in the past, I totally recommend this book.

We are all different, as the author states and I am glad I fit his program. Hello world! I am back!”

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Helping Someone with Mental Illness: A Compassionate Guide for Family, Friends, and Caregivers by Rosalynn CarterHelping Someone with Mental Illness: A Compassionate Guide for Family, Friends, and Caregivers

The author has managed to weave the deeply moving stories of many individuals into a cleanly organized discussion of every salient issue: diagnosis, treatment, scientific research, stigma, advocacy. Her descriptions of the different mental illnesses–schizophrenia, depression, manic-depression or bipolar illness, and the anxiety disorders–are particularly cogent, and her 20-page list of references is alone worth the price of the book.

Review: “An excellent resource for family members and friends who wish to help a person with mental illness. I especially appreciated the book’s emphasis on biological *and* social risk factors for various forms of mental illness. The section on building resiliancy in children at risk for mental illness is reason alone to purchase this book. It is a wise, compassionate, humane treatus on a very important topic.”

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It’s Not All in Your Head: How Worrying about Your Health Could Be Making You Sick–and What You Can Do about ItIt's Not All in Your Head: How Worrying about Your Health Could Be Making You Sick--and What You Can Do about It

Where do you go for help when no one believes you’re really sick? The doctors can’t explain your symptoms, but you know there’s something wrong because you can sense it in your body. Living with the specter of an unresolved health issue isn’t just painful, it’s isolating. The preoccupation and stress it causes can disrupt your career or interfere with personal relationships.  In this compassionate and empowering book, learn to understand health anxiety and the role it might be playing in how you feel.  The authors also explain how to involve friends and family–and when to seek professional help–as you learn to stay well without worry.

Review: “None of the other books listed by Amazon sounded like they dealt with health anxiety, so I tried this one. It is EXCELLENT!!! It is very thorough and simple to understand. It has wonderful tips to use as well as suggestions on how to work with doctors and when to get additional help. Not much is written for the regular person on health anxiety, so this is a very valuable resource.”

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How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie- audio book

This grandfather of all people-skills books was first published in 1937. It was an overnight hit, eventually selling 15 million copies. How to Win Friends and Influence People is just as useful today as it was when it was first published, because Dale Carnegie had an understanding of human nature that will never be outdated. Financial success, Carnegie believed, is due 15 percent to professional knowledge and 85 percent to “the ability to express ideas, to assume leadership, and to arouse enthusiasm among people.

Review: “The #1 book on human relations. Without a doubt, How To Win Friends and Influence People is the #1 all time best book on human relations. Carnegies ideas worked 70 years ago and they work today. Why? People are the same. We all have the same needs, wants, desires and dreams that we had 70 years ago. The core hasn’t changed. So that makes this book even more valuable today, now than ever.  Buy it – read it – use it.”

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Anxiety Books for Teens and Children

What to Do When You Worry Too Much, A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety, by Dawn Huebner What to Do When You Worry Too Much, A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety, by Dawn Huebner

An interactive self-help book designed to guide 6-12 year olds and their parents through the cognitive-behavioral techniques most often used in the treatment of generalized anxiety. Metaphors and humorous illustrations make difficult concepts easy to understand, while prompts to draw and write help children to master new skills related to reducing anxiety. Engaging, encouraging, and easy to follow.

Review: “Kids can relate to the ideas in the book. When your child’s anxiety overtakes and consumes their joy, you’d buy 200 books if they’d help your child to feel better. Don’t buy 200 books… BUY THIS ONE for your child.  My daughter is 9, but reads at 8th grade level, so I was a bit apprehensive about getting this book for her; fearing she’d think it was too baby-ish. Much to my surprise and delight, she loves the book! She says ‘I love the pictures. It’s kind of funny and I like that it has activities to do. The book has good ideas about how to fix my worries.'”

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From Awkward Solitude To Blessed Friendship by Ellen C. BraunFrom Awkward Solitude To Blessed Friendship

Does your child struggle with social interaction – and are you secretly worried, unsure how to help? This book gives parents a complete but mercifully easy to use set of tools to help their child adjust and fit in – no matter what has triggered a child’s social problem.
Socialization issues are far less scary when the causes are correctly Identified. The last thing you want to do is make a molehill out of a mountain… or (of course) the reverse!

Review: “Ellen C. Braun has written what I thought it was impossible to write, a book backed by expert theory and thorough research that is as simple to read and apply as a grade school primer! Her worksheets are practical and stress-decreasing, and it was – dare I say it – an enjoyable challenge to work through them. It takes the threat out of examining our own habits and influences, allowing families to make quick work of issues in a blame-free, healing way.”

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The Anxiety Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Deal With Anxiety & Worry The Anxiety Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Deal With Anxiety & Worry

If you feel anxious most of the time, you’re not alone. About one in three people your age struggles with feelings of worry, fear, and panic. And the scary thing is, if you don’t find a way to cope with anxiety, it can get worse as you get older. The good news is that there are a lot of effective techniques you can use, both on your own and with the help of a counselor, to reduce your feelings of anxiety and learn how to keep them from taking over your life. This workbook offers a set of simple activities you can do to make it happen.

Review: “I’m using this workbook with my 13 yr old together with some professional counseling to help him with bedtime anxiety and panic attacks. It is an easy to follow format. Very short narratives at the beginning of each lesson so for those kids who don’t want another “homework” assignment they really don’t have to work too hard. It’s a great resource for helping them to look inside themselves for answers and perhaps look at their thoughts and actions differently.”

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Freeing Your Child from Anxiety: Powerful, Practical Solutions to Overcome Your Child’s Fears, Worries, and Phobias Freeing Your Child from Anxiety: Powerful, Practical Solutions to Overcome Your Child's Fears, Worries, and Phobias

Empowering and insightful, Freeing Your Child from Anxiety, gives children – from preschool to high school – the action plan and the tools to take charge, unplug from anxiety, and plug into sound, realistic thinking. Learning the lessons from parents, children can reduce anxiety and even prevent anxiety disorders from taking hold.

Review: “A miracle for me and my 8 year old. From the first page, this book gave me inspiration. I have two children with anxiety disorder and I learned right away that some of the ways I was trying to “help” were actually making them more anxious. After showing the books’ illustrations and ideas to my son, we are now working TOGETHER against the anxiety. The results are nothing short of a miracle! My daughter’s anxiety is under control with medication, but we will soon be trying to take her off, and we have the tools to help her.”

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Helping Your Anxious Child: A Step-by-Step Guide for ParentsHelping Your Anxious Child: A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents

10 percent of children have excessive fears and worries–phobias, separation anxiety, panic attacks, social anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive disorder–that can hold them back and keep them from fully enjoying childhood. If your child suffers from any of these forms of anxiety, the program in this book offers practical, scientifically proven tools that can help. You’ll learn how to help your child overcome intense fears and worries and find out how to relieve anxious feelings while parenting with compassion.

Review: “What a terrific book! My teenager suffers from PTSD – his anxiety is so sky high that he was rarely going to school. After a years worth of visits to psychiatrists and medication which was not working, I purchased this book and put it in action the week it arrived. My son had not made it to school on a Monday or Tuesday since the school year began – after one session of “realistic thinking” on Sunday nite – he went to school Monday! He was then able to go all week – even to midterm exams! On the following Sunday nite his anxiety began again and we started another round of realistic thinking – he made it to school. You must try this book – it is excellent!”

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Freeing Your Child from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Powerful, Practical Program for Parents of Children and Freeing Your Child from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Powerful, Practical Program for Parents of Children and AdolescentsAdolescents

The author creates a clear road map to understanding and overcoming OCD based on her successful practice treating hundreds of children and teenagers with this disorder. Learn how not to be pulled in by your child’s debilitating rituals at home or at school, how to talk to your child about the “brain tricks” OCD causes, and how to create an effective OCD battle plan that will empower your child to “boss back” the OCD monster. You’ll also learn how to cope in moments of crisis.

Review: A must-have resource for OCD parents.  I am a mother whose young child experienced an abrupt onset of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder two years ago. Since that time I have read every book available on the subject of OCD in children. Dr. Chansky’s book stands out among them for its demystifying explanations of the disorder’s symptoms and how they are experienced by the sufferer, and most importantly what to do about them. This book is one I regularly refer to as I help my child along the path toward recovery.

If your child is struggling with OCD, I very much recommend you read “Freeing Your Child from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder”. It has been an invaluable resource for our family, and I am grateful to Dr. Chansky for writing it.

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2 Responses to Anxiety Books

  1. Sylvia B says:

    Great list!! I have read When Panic Attacks: The New, Drug-Free Anxiety Therapy That Can Change Your Life by David D. Burns MD, From Panic to Power by Lucinda Bassett, and The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook, by Edmund J. Bourne Ph.D., these are all very good books! I will have to check out some of the other books you have mentioned! By the way, I wanted to say thank you for your very helpful newsletter, it has been so helpful to me, I really appreciate it!!

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