Synopses & Reviews
Panic attacks are scary, and can make you feel like you’ve lost control—leading to more anxiety, stress, fear, and even depression. This easy-to-use workbook provides step-by-step instructions to help you identify anxiety-inducing thoughts, mindfully observe them, and stop the cycle of panic, once and for all.
If you’re like many other teens with a panic disorder, you may sometimes feel like walls are closing in on you, or that something dreadful is about to happen. The most frustrating thing about panic attacks is that they can happen anytime, anywhere—sometimes when you least expect them—and you may go through your day fearing another attack. So, how can you start managing your panic before it gets in the way of school, friends, and your life?
In The Panic Workbook for Teens, three anxiety specialists will show you how to identify anxiety-causing thoughts and behaviors, mindfully observe your panic attacks instead of struggling against them, and experience sensations associated with panic until you discover that these sensations may be uncomfortable—but not dangerous.
No matter what situation you find yourself in, by learning how to objectively monitor your panic attacks, you'll gain a sense of control and learn to work through even the toughest moments of extreme anxiety—whether you’re taking a test, on a first date, or at a job interview.
If, like all teens, you sometimes feel anxious, or if, like many teens, you suffer from intense anxiety, reading a few pages in this book will help you feel calmer. Every chapter is like a reassuring talk with a good friend. This book gives you real, practical, simple skills for easing anxiety, being more relaxed and kinder to yourself, and ultimately living a happier life.”
Amy Saltzman, MD, author of A Still Quiet Place
Mindfulness for Teen Anxiety
provides powerful and practical tools for teens facing everyday challenges in social, academic, or sports settings. The practices and insights are useful for all teensand adults too! I highly recommend this book.”
Jessica Morey, executive director and lead teacher at Inward Bound Mindfulness Education, a national nonprofit that leads mindfulness retreats and school programs for teenagers across the country
“This book is superb! No longer will teens need to suffer with anxiety and be on the sidelines of life. Full of clear, effective, and engaging strategies, this workbook will show teens exactly what to do to overcome their fears and shyness and will reassure them that they are not alone. Truly, every teen struggles with these issues to varying degrees. All teenagers would benefit from reading this book.”
—Tamar Chansky, PhD, author of Freeing Your Child from Anxiety and Freeing Yourself from Anxiety
“With The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook for Teens, Jennifer Shannon has hit a bull’s-eye. Each page is fun, engaging, and filled with practical strategies to help teens break free from their social fears and worries. The book is certain to become an essential resource for teens, parents, and therapists. I highly recommend it.”
—Michael A. Tompkins, PhD, founding partner of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy and author of My Anxious Mind: A Teen’s Guide to Managing Anxiety and Panic
“Teens who follow the steps described in this book can overcome shyness and social anxiety and change their life path. Shannon’s recommendations are based on the latest scientific findings, and are accompanied by delightful cartoons and drawings. An outstanding contribution.”
—Jacqueline B. Persons, PhD, director of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy and clinical professor in the department of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley
“Good basic information on social anxiety as well as how to overcome it using cognitive behavioral therapy. The concise text and abundant illustrations make the book available, easy to grasp, and engaging for teens.”
—Edmund J. Bourne, PhD, author of The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook
“This practical and straightforward book is highly recommended for any teen who worries too much about being judged by others. These tried-and-true strategies have been shown over and over to be among the most effective methods for reducing social anxiety. Every teen who struggles with shyness should read this book!”
—Martin M. Antony, PhD, ABPP, chair of the department of psychology at Ryerson University and author of The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook
“Finally—a user-friendly, step-by-step workbook on how to overcome panic disorder for teens and their families. The authors provide readers with everything they need to take control of their lives with this straightforward, comprehensive, and personal guide.”
—Bradley C. Riemann, PhD, clinical director of CBT services at Rogers Memorial Hospital
“The Panic Workbook for Teens
is an outstanding workbook that offers instant help and hope for teens suffering from panic attacks. Well written and chock-full of useful ideas and strategies, this book is a must-have for any teen seeking to conquer panic. Highly recommended!”
—Kevin L. Gyoerkoe, PsyD, director of The Anxiety and OCD Treatment Center in Charlotte, NC, and author of 10 Simple Solutions to Worry
“This workbook is loaded with examples of how real-life teenagers have used and benefited from CBT-based treatment for panic disorder. Readers will benefit from the simple and easy-to-implement action steps outlined in this workbook. In addition, the mindfulness-based perspective highlighted in the text should assist readers in learning to live more fully in the moment, even if panic occasionally comes along for the ride.”
—Mark B. Powers, PhD, licensed psychologist and research associate professor in the Anxiety and Health Behaviors Lab within the Institute for Mental Health Research
“What a great book for teens looking to overcome panic disorder! The authors have distilled the best of the cognitive behavioral approach to panic and condensed it into forty short recovery tools with brief instructions and exercises. These powerful, precise, and pragmatic steps will save you lots of research and searching. Get your folks a copy as well!”
—David Carbonell, PhD, author of Panic Attacks Workbook and the “coach” at anxietycoach.com, a popular self-help website
Its hard enough being a teen without having to worry about panic attacks, chronic worry, and feelings of isolation. In Mindfulness for Teen Anxiety, a psychologist offers teen readers proven-effective, mindfulness-based practices to help them cope with their anxiety, identify common triggers (such as dating or school performance), learn valuable time-management skills, and feel calm at home, at school, and with friends.
Being a teen is hard enough without anxiety getting in the way. You are changing more than ever before, not just physically, but mentally. And if you suffer from panic attacks, chronic worry, and feelings of isolation, it can be very difficult to meet your goals and succeed. The good news is that there are real, powerful ways that you can take control of your anxietyand your life! In Mindfulness for Teen Anxiety, psychologist and learning specialist Christopher Willard offers teens like you proven-effective, mindfulness-based practices to help you cope with your anxiety, identify common triggers (such as dating or school performance), learn valuable time-management skills, and feel more calm at home, at school, and with friends. Youll learn tips for dealing with specific situations that cause anxiety, such as public speaking, social anxiety, test anxiety, and more. Youll also learn special breathing exercises to help calm you in moments of panic, and guided visualization exercises to help you stay cool and collected, even in the tensest situations. If you are ready to move past your anxiety, panic, and worry and start living the life you were meant to live, this book will be your guideevery step of the way.
The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook for Teens offers worksheets and comic-style illustrated scenarios that help teen readers identify their values and practice evidence-based skills from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) for overcoming shyness and social anxiety.
Wouldnt it be nice if you could just flick a switch and make your shyness go away? No more worrying about what others think about you, no more embarrassment in front of other people. You could just relax and feel comfortable and confident, the way you probably think everyone else feels. If you struggle with shyness, youre all too familiar with the feeling of not knowing what to do or say, and youll do anything to avoid feeling that way. But, most likely, you also know that youre missing out on a lotfriendships, potential relationships, and fun. Youve chosen this book because youre ready to stop hiding behind your shyness and start enjoying everything life has to offer.
The worksheets and exercises in The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook for Teens will help you learn to handle awkward social situations with grace and confidence, so you can make real connections with people you want to get to know. Based in proven-effective cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), the skills you learn will also help you speak up for yourself when you need to and stop dreading class projects that put you on the spot. Actually, theres no aspect of your life that this workbook wont help. So why let shyness rule your life one day longer? Let this workbook guide the way to a more confident, outgoing you.
Panic attacks can make teens feel like theyve lost control, leading to more anxiety, stress, fear, and depression. In this workbook, three anxiety specialists teach teens how to identify anxiety-causing thoughts and behaviors, mindfully observe their panic attacks instead of struggling against them, and experience sensations associated with panic until they learn these sensations may be uncomfortablebut not dangerous. By learning how to observe their panic attacks, teens will gain a sense of control and learn to work through even the toughest moments of extreme anxiety.
About the Author
Debra Kissen, PhD, MHSA, is clinical director of the Light on Anxiety Treatment Center. Kissen specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety disorders, and also has a special interest in the principles of mindfulness and their application for anxiety disorders.Bari Goldman Cohen, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and anxiety disorders. She works with individuals of all ages, including children, adolescents, adults, and older adults.Kathi Fine Abitbol, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and clinical director of the North Shore Anxiety Treatment Center. She specializes in using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to treat anxiety disorders and related concerns. Abitbol works with clients of all ages.