9 Best Books on Anxiety

9 Best Books on Anxiety

Following are the 9 best books on anxiety.

Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it. — Khalil Gibran

1. My Age of Anxiety –By Scott Stossel

My Age of Anxiety
My Age of Anxiety

As recently as thirty-five years ago, anxiety did not exist as a diagnostic category. Today, it is the most common form of officially classified mental illness. Scott Stossel gracefully guides us across the terrain of an affliction that is pervasive yet too often misunderstood.

Stossel reports on famous individuals who struggled with anxiety, as well as on the afflicted generations of his own family. His portrait of anxiety reveals not only the emotion’s myriad manifestations and the anguish anxiety produces but also the countless psychotherapies, medications, and other (often outlandish) treatments that have been developed to counteract it. Stossel vividly depicts anxiety’s human toll—its crippling impact, its devastating power to paralyze—while at the same time exploring how those who suffer from it find ways to manage and control it.

My Age of Anxiety is learned and empathetic, humorous and inspirational, offering the reader great insight into the biological, cultural, and environmental factors that contribute to the affliction.

2. The Worry Trick –By David A. Carbonell

The Worry Trick
The Worry Trick

Anxiety is a powerful force. It makes us question ourselves and our decisions, causes us to worry about the future, and fills our days with dread and emotional turbulence. Based in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) an cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), this book is designed to help you break the cycle of worry.

Worry convinces us there’s danger, and then tricks us into getting into fight, flight, or freeze mode-even when there is no danger. The techniques in this book, rather than encouraging you to avoid or try to resist anxiety, shows you how to see the trick that underlies your anxious thoughts, and how avoidance can backfire and make anxiety worse.

If you’re ready to start observing your anxious feelings with distance and clarity-rather than getting tricked once again- this book will show you how.

3. The Anxiety Toolkit –By Alice Boyes

The Anxiety Toolkit
The Anxiety Toolkit

Do you overthink before taking action? Are you prone to making negative predictions? Do you worry about the worst that could happen? Do you take negative feedback very hard? Are you self-critical? Does anything less than perfect performance feel like a failure?

If any of these issues resonate with you, you’re probably suffering from some degree of anxiety, and you’re not alone. The good news: while reducing your anxiety level to zero isn’t possible or useful (anxiety can actually be helpful!), you can learn to successfully manage symptoms – such as excessive rumination, hesitation, fear of criticism and paralysing perfection.

In The Anxiety Toolkit, Dr. Alice Boyes translates powerful, evidence-based tools used in therapy clinics into tips and tricks you can employ in everyday life. Whether you have an anxiety disorder, or are just anxiety-prone by nature, you’ll discover how anxiety works, strategies to help you cope with common anxiety ‘stuck’ points and a confidence that – anxious or not – you have all the tools you need to succeed in life and work.

4. Rewire Your Anxious Brain –By Catherine M. Pittman and Elizabeth M. Karle

Rewire Your Anxious Brain
Rewire Your Anxious Brain

Do you ever wonder what is happening inside your brain when you feel anxious, panicked, and worried? This book offers a unique, evidence-based solution to overcoming anxiety based on cutting-edge neuroscience and research.

In the book, you will learn how the amygdala and cortex (both important parts of the brain) are essential players in the neuropsychology of anxiety. The amygdala acts as a primal response, and oftentimes, when this part of the brain processes fear, you may not even understand why you are afraid. By comparison, the cortex is the centre of “worry.” That is, obsessing, ruminating, and dwelling on things that may or may not happen. In the book, Pittman and Karle make it simple by offering specific examples of how to manage fear by tapping into both of these pathways in the brain. 

As you read, you’ll gain a greater understanding of how anxiety is created in the brain, and as a result, you will feel empowered and motivated to overcome it. The brain is a powerful tool, and the more you work to change the way you respond to fear, the more resilient you will become. Using the practical self-assessments and proven-effective techniques in this book, you will learn to literally “rewire” the brain processes that lie at the root of your fears.

5. Dare: The New Way to End Anxiety and Stop Panic Attacks –By Barry McDonagh

Dare
Dare

There’s a new and faster way for anxiety relief, but few have ever heard it. Most people are advised to either just “manage” their anxiety or medicate it away.

If you’re tired of just managing your anxiety and want a powerful natural solution, then apply the ‘Dare’ technique as explained in Barry McDonagh’s latest book.

Based on hard science and over 10 years helping people who suffer from anxiety, Barry McDonagh shares his most effective technique in this new book. The DARE technique can be used by everyone, regardless of age or background, to live a life free from anxiety or panic attacks.

6. Anxiety: Panicking About Panic –By Joshua Fletcher

9 Best Books on Anxiety
Anxiety: Panicking About Panic

The book is tailored for people who are: experiencing panic attacks, feeling abnormally anxious, ruminating about health, anticipating further panic attacks and questioning why anxiety is present in the first place. Anxiety Panicking about Panic provides quick, easy to access advice and practical strategies, which aim to educate the reader to simplify their world of anxiety in order to successfully tackle it.

This book is particularly tailored for people who can associate with the conditions of – Anxiety
– Anxiety Disorder
– Generalized Anxiety
– Panic Disorder
– Agoraphobia
– Health Anxiety
– Panicking for no reason
– Panic Attacks (and anxiety about them happening again)

7. Conquering Anxiety –By Nik & Eva Speakmans

9 Best Books on Anxiety
Conquering Anxiety

Nik and Eva Speakman have helped thousands of everyday people live an anxiety-free life and feel happier.

Now it’s your turn.

– Are you overwhelmed by life?
– Do you feel dissatisfied and helpless because of anxiety?
– Is stress affecting your sleep or behaviour?
– Do you suffer from OCD?
– Are you stuck in a relationship or job that’s making you anxious?

Conquering Anxiety will help release you from the emotional and physical weight of living with anxiety.

8. When Panic Attacks –By David D. Burns

9 Best Books on Anxiety
When Panic Attacks

Are you plagued by fears, phobias, or panic attacks? Do you toss and turn at night with a knot in your stomach, worrying about your job, your family, work, your health, or relationships? Do you suffer from crippling shyness, obsessive doubts, or feelings of insecurity? What you may not realize is that these fears are almost never based on reality. When you’re anxious, you’re actually fooling yourself, telling yourself things that simply aren’t true.

This is not pop psychology but proven, fast-acting techniques that have been shown to be more effective than medications. When Panic Attacks is an indispensable handbook for anyone who’s worried sick and sick of worrying.

9. Be Calm –By Jill P. Weber

9 Best Books on Anxiety
Be Calm

Be Calm targets symptoms wherever they strike with cutting-edge techniques that help you reduce anxiety on the spot.

This book is both a handy resource for stress management and a close look into the causes of anxiety. Evidence-based strategies show you how to control a variety of symptoms in lots of different circumstances. With Be Calm, you’re always prepared.

Be Calm includes:

  • A unique, effective approach—offering proven strategies to help manage anxiety on the spot, in a wide range of situations and “Go Deeper” interactive activities that take you to the next level.
  • The best science—the advanced techniques in this anxiety workbook reflect the latest psychology research.
  • Reader-friendly— easy-to-navigate, so you can find what’s most important to you right away.

Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing—you can reduce anxiety quickly with Be Calm: Proven Techniques to Stop Anxiety Now.

Thanks for reading! This was my list on the 9 best books on anxiety.

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