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Overcoming Anxiety for Dummies (For Dummies)by Charles H Elliott
Synopses & Reviews
There are many forms of anxiety disorder, including General Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Panic Attacks, Phobias (including social anxiety), Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Acute Stress Disorder. Even in their most mild forms, these disorders can be troubling and exhausting – at worst they can severely disable a person’s ability to function in day-to-day life. Severe anxiety and phobic disorders affect 18% of the UK population. (nopanic.org.uk)
Symptoms of anxiety range from the mental and emotional – depression, having difficulty concentrating, losing patience easily – to the physical – excessive thirst, headaches, pins and needles, and more (www.bbc.co.uk) Often the problem is self-feeding – people try to keep things under control whilst simultaneously worrying about being anxious all the time, and the cycle goes on. Psychotherapy, medication and self help are the key treatments for anxiety – however, as many people either don’t have access to, or choose not to take, professional treatment, self help is the key for a majority of sufferers. A Dummies book on the subject will present the facts without the jargon, and help people find the trustworthy guidance they need.
This guide shows readers practical methods for reducing their anxiety levels and achieving a less stressful existence. It has information on: prescription medications, common herbs and supplements; step-by-step guidelines to therapeutic exercises; and advice on nutrition, relaxation and support.
Discover new medications for easing symptoms
Fight anxiety and win the war against your worries!
Think you worry too much? You're not alone - over 25 million Americans suffer from some form of anxiety. Help is here in this friendly guide, which offers sound advice on identifying anxiety triggers through taking self-tests, improving your eating habits, relaxing, and finding support for you and your loved ones.
Praise for Overcoming Anxiety For Dummies
"In Overcoming Anxiety For Dummies, Elliot and Smith have provided a timely and informitive description of the reasons why people become anxious and what they can do about it."
- Steven D. Hollon, PhD. Professor of Psychology,
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
Includes bibliographical references (p. -313) and index.
About the Author
Charles H. Elliott, PhD, and Laura L. Smith, PhD, are both clinical psychologists specializing in the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders.
Table of Contents
Part I: Detecting and Exposing Anxiety.
Chapter 1: Analyzing and Attacking Anxiety.
Chapter 2: Examining Anxiety: What's Normal, What's Not.
Chapter 3: Clearing the Roadblocks to Change.
Chapter 4: Watching Worries Come and Go.
Part II: The Thought Remedies.
Chapter 5: Becoming a Thought Detective.
Chapter 6: Busting Up Your Agitating Assumptions.
Chapter 7: Watching Out for Worry Words.
Part III: Anti-Anxiety Actions.
Chapter 8: Facing Fear One Step at a Time.
Chapter 9: Simply Simplifying Your Life.
Chapter 10: Let's Get Physical.
Chapter 11: Sleep, Sweet Sleep.
Part IV: Focusing on Feeling.
Chapter 12: Relaxation: The Five-Minute Solution.
Chapter 13: Creating Calm in Your Imagination.
Chapter 14: Relieving Anxiety with Herbs and Dietary Supplements.
Chapter 15: Prescribing Peacefulness.
Chapter 16: Mindful Acceptance.
Part V: Helping Others with Anxiety.
Chapter 17: Helping Your Kids Fight Anxiety.
Chapter 18: When Someone You Love Suffers from Anxiety.
Part VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Stop Anxiety Quickly.
Chapter 20: Ten Anxiety Busters That Just Don't Work.
Chapter 21: Ten Ways to Deal with Relapse.
Chapter 22: Ten Signs That You Need Professional Help.
Appendix: Resources for You.
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