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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  5,158 ratings  ·  152 reviews
The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook has already helped over one million readers make a full and lasting recovery from generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, specific phobias, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and other anxiety-related issues. Packed with the most effective skills for assessing and treating anxiety, this workbook can be used alone or as a sup ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published January 2nd 2011 by New Harbinger Publications (first published August 2nd 1990)
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Amanda Good start for temporary relief: see chapter on Passive Muscle Relaxation. Repeat the script as needed. I recommend reading through it before bed as w…moreGood start for temporary relief: see chapter on Passive Muscle Relaxation. Repeat the script as needed. I recommend reading through it before bed as well.(less)

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Mar 23, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book looks at causes (upbringing, heredity, stress...), recovery (including taking risks/responsibility & defining goals, downtime (time for rest/recreation/relationships), and time management.

It also covers: desensitization,
mistaken beliefs (e.g.,“I should always be competent”), traits that perpetuate anxiety (eg, cultivate pleasure and recreation instead of need for control) and visualizations (all with an appreciation for spirituality).
Avonlea Rose
"The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook" contains a lot of useful information and ideas. The surveys and self-diagnostic tools, as well as appendixes of self-affirmations and lists of coping techniques, for examples, are extremely useful. One highlight from the book that I enjoyed was the author's list of Self-Nurturing Activities, minus the stuffed animals. (Masturbate? Sure! That's always a fun idea!)

I am finding that I have a few particular problems with this book, however.

PTSD and other complex an
Mar 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Um, I want to give this book to everyone I know as a Christmas gift. I picked this book up on a lark because I was experiencing some anxiety that seemed particularly acute at the time. Boy, was it money well-spent. I had no idea the extent to which anxiety effects so many areas of someone's life. I also didn't realize that many behaviors that can be read as awkward, hurtful, bizarre, or even cruel often come from anxiety, and that these behaviors are so pervasive throughout our culture because o ...more
Sad Sunday (If I say it's bad, it's bad)
DNF at 14%.

Picked this one up in 2018, at a very stressful period of my life (and I think I am prone to anxiety in general), and well, I didn't get past introduction and what is what (all the disorders, symptoms, and etc.). Maybe good advices and cool exercises are here but I didn't manage to open it up in two years, so I adding this one to my DNF pile. Maybe someday I will continue.

Wishing you feel mentally awesome today!

Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-improvement
This is an amazing book recommended to me by my nurse practitioner. What I loved about this book was that it offered holistic ideas to manage and even overcome anxiety. A small portion of the book dealt with medicines available for anxiety, but the focus was on other treatments like relaxation, exercise, nutrition, positive self-talk, nurturing the soul, spirituality, etc. This will be a resource I will continue to use. I highly recommend this book, whether you or someone you love has mild, mode ...more

I found this book on a list of 15 best books to overcome anxiety while google-ing books on this topic, and I was so excited to read it. The site claimed it's a 'life savior' of a book for people who experience mild anxiety and rare panic attacks to those who've developed certain phobias in life. Also it was high in the top on that list and it didn't take me long to decide to read it.

I have to say that I found it OK. While I loved the first chapters which offer quite a bit of information on anxie
Faraz Ahmed
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If there ever was a self help book compatabile with DSM, this is it. Comprehensive and simple in it's format, and so very useful. ...more
Jul 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
*looks at all my notes* i've got so much to do ...more
Lisa Powell
Sep 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
Not finishing this book because I find I can't trust it, so need to put my time into other works (Potatoes Not Prozac, Brain Lock, etc.).

I'm sure there are useful things in here, and it may simply be dated, but the beginning makes it clear it relies heavily on a Dr. Spock / Freudian view where upbringing is a major cause of depression and anxiety.

No doubt poor or misguided parenting can and do cause emotional dysfunction in adults, but the book takes it to the point where repeatedly saying thin
Apr 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The overall impression I got from this book is that all aspects of your life can contribute to anxiety. And so, if you're suffering from severe anxiety, there isn't a quick fix - you basically have to try to fix everything in your life. (This includes how you handle stress, your nutrition, beliefs about yourself, how you interact with others, exercise, finding a purpose in life... and the list goes on). But because of the checklists and step by step instructions, this somehow comes across as bei ...more
Jul 01, 2012 added it
Shelves: psychology
Some of the worksheets and lists (e.g., self-affirmations) provided in the book have been useful to my patients. I have found it more helpful for those with general anxiety than for those with a specific phobia. Although it discusses exposure and desensitization, most individuals need the assistance of a trained psychologist, especially because the ability to decrease and control anxiety during exposure to anxiety-inducing stimuli is essential in the treatment of phobias. I do not encourage my p ...more
Jan 26, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: counseling
Okay, I didn't read the whole book. I read the chapters related to what the book is about and how to apply the book. It is a typical psychological book on how to deal with phobias and the various kinds of anxiety. It is well written and has some helpful information on ways non-believers try to deal with the issues that cause concern in people's lives. A Christian, of course, has to read it with a grain of salt and adapt the ideas to make them Biblical and to trust in God not the program for the ...more
Cathy Casper
Oct 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to read this book and so far, it has been extremely informative. Between breathing techniques and info on herbel remedies and other medications, it's a must read for anyone who suffers from anxiety, panic disorder, OCD, social phobia's, and more.

Since it's a workbook, it's a learning tool. At the end of some chapters, there are quizzes to take to see what a person may be suffering from and so on. It also gives a shout out to other books that deal with specific areas one may want to read m
Kendra Saunders
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Though I skimmed the last 1/3 of the book (for time constraint reasons), I found this book EXTREMELY helpful. It was suggested by a dear friend and did not disappoint. I still struggle with anxiety, but it helped put things into perspective and helped me to handle the stress and anxiety a bit better. Definitely give this book a try! It breaks EVERYTHING down for you, all aspects of anxiety, in a way that anyone can understand.
Jun 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
While I liked the anxiety survey, I felt this was a huge waste of my time. I think this was my first, and last, excursion into self help bookland.
Puscas Mircea
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people dealing with anxiety
Shelves: non-fiction

This is a book that claims to help you with your anxiety, panic attacks, OCD and PTSD, in short, the anxiety disorders (according to DSM-IV). The information in this book is very well structured, in multiple chapters covering different aspects of anxiety disorders and ways to cope or diminish anxiety or the effects it can have on you. The book contains the following chapters: anxiety disorders; their causes; recovery; relaxation; physical exercises; managing panic attacks; exposure; inner monolo

Fermin Quant
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Great resource for learning about anxiety and how to overcome it. It has excellent information and very useful tasks you can try for yourself.
I read the book cover to cover, so I felt some parts a little repetitive, but this is because the book can also be used as reference material.
I enjoyed that the author is up to date with recent research and talks about what is still not yet clear for science, and about recent discoveries.

I rated 4 stars basically because the author has two chapters that
Victoria Hirsche
Wow, what a phenomenal resource. I found this book after my psychology professor recommended it as the only thing that has helped her cope with debilitating panic attacks. Every chapter is supported by research, and gives you practical, hands on strategies for reducing anxiety. I have already incorporated so much of the learning into my helping roles, as well as my own life. There is so,
much info and so many suggestions jam packed into here that perhaps it could be a bit overwhelming and absolut
Nay Keppler
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who has minor anxiety throughout their day, or someone who has full blown panic attacks at random, or someone who deals with very specific phobias - whether on the daily or at random. This book is organized into sections so that you only need to read what's applicable to you, and the worksheets and additional resources are wonderful! ...more
Tarn Wilson
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A little outdated, but extremely practical and helpful. If you are struggling with anxiety and had to pick only one book to read, I think this would be the one. If you need immediate relief, skip the beginning and go straight to the strategies.
Jonathan-David Jackson
Apr 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
I picked this book up to help my children with anxiety. There is a lot of useful information, whether you have anxiety or not. I started regular progressive muscle relaxation because of this book, which I find... relaxing. It takes a holistic approach, basically looking at your while life rather than just your anxiety.
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Seriously, this is by far the BEST book I have read on anxiety. It has helped me in my steps to recovery and technically has been the only book to do so from all the books I've read based on anxiety. I usually never write reviews, (this is my first one actually) but I just had to in this case because of how great the book is. I am still in the process pf overxoming social
anxiety but at least this book has taught me how to deal with it and has given me the motivation to actually do something abo
A workbook with an exhaustive, comprehensive method for treating anxiety and phobias; everything from meditation, self-talk, journaling, to an overview of medications and nutrition choices. Each chapter includes tests, questions, or actions to take.

This book helped me greatly during my most extensive episodes of anxiety. Anxiety is an on-going condition, which takes a continual review of your methods of treatment - this book can supplement a good therapist's help or move you in a good direction
Chris Searles
Aug 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone in need of stronger stress management skills
Recommended to Chris by: chris farrell
am currently working through this during some time off --
super helpful for me in building a tool box to manage nervousness. .

the book does a fantastic job of bull's-eyeing useful therapies and skill sets responses in a variety of areas, such as physical, mental, emotional, and dietary health.

i'm really enjoying the awareness building this book is doing for me. it's written for "serious cases" but i'm finding it highly applicable and effective.

highly recommended as a tool for stress managemen
Ressa’s Loft
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
An invaluable book for those living with anxiety, phobias, and depression. I've suffered from anxiety most of my life but it intensified about 10 years ago and I began having panic attacks. This book is full of exercises and tips to help you take care of yourself mentally so you can cope. ...more
Sep 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology, workbooks
I borrowed this workbook from a friend and typed up my responses to a lot of the exercises. I found the suggestions in the workbook helpful and most of the reading in the book applied to situations I find myself in (I have a variety of anxiety problems).
Samantha Dragon
Nov 16, 2015 marked it as to-read
I tried to read this, but I wasn't all that interested. I am interested in psychology and do struggle with anxiety, but I like my books to be more books and less work. ...more
Angie Boyter
A lot of us are feeling more anxious than usual these days, and I confess to being among them. This book was highly recommended by a practicing clinical psychologist, but without that recommendation I would have given up on it VERY early. I had to grit my teeth to continue it. I gave it 2 stars because buried in there are some good tips, but I cannot really recommend the book.
The author is supposed to be a practicing clinical psychologist. I assume such professionals learn several guidelines. Th
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
An interesting dive into various anxiety and panic disorders, along with detailed strategies to overcome them. Unfortunatley, it seemed most of the author's focus was on anxiety caused by genetics or "bad" parenting. There was little mention of trauma-induced anxiety/PTSD, so a lot of the book involved things irrelevant to this type of disorder (examining your childhood, healing the "inner child", etc.; not a bad thing, and I'm sure very helpful to anyone to whom it applies, but tedius to get th ...more
Christie McLaren
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'll be blunt. My therapist lent me her copy of this book as we worked together to overcome my panic disorder. Well, to be fair, I'd already overcome my panic disorder, (thanks in large part to the guide "Panic Away"), but this workbook further reinforced all of the information I'd already gathered about panic disorder, thus furthering my progress in therapy. For me, this book was all about understanding more about the physiological reasons why panic occurs, and why it feels SO ridiculously real ...more
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