Book Review: ‘The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook’


Phobias, anxiety and panic attacks are life-stealers, crippling people’s ability to pursue opportunity to the fullest and diminishing day-to-day happiness and contentment. For people grappling with these conditions, coping skills are a lifeline, able to diminish negative feelings, conquer fear and enhance overall life satisfaction. The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook, by Edmund Bourne, is an unparalleled guide, comprised of readily attainable, multiple coping strategies and the skills required to eradicate the debilitating effects of anxious thinking and phobic behavior. Currently in its sixth edition, this evidence-workbook is widely recommended by therapists, used widely as an adjunct to therapeutic situations and upheld by the most recent scientific findings available.

A Hands-on Guide

According to Mayo Clinic, debilitating conditions such as panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder can present long-term challenges to the suffer, but often respond to alterations in lifestyle, including the acquisition of coping skills, talk therapy and relaxation techniques.

The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook is geared toward helping individuals take on the emotions and mental conditions that have been ruing their lives head-on, by teaching daily, pinpointed strategies for assessment and change, with a focus on lifestyle alteration and mind-body techniques and information on the latest scientific breakthroughs. These include:

  •         Positive Imagery
  •         Relaxation techniques
  •         Breathing Exercises
  •         Nutritional Guidelines
  •         Exercise and Body Movement Tips
  •         How to Identify the Physical Aspects of Multiple Anxiety Disorders
  •         Eradication Techniques for Negative Self-Talk and Mistaken Belief Systems
  •         Medication Therapy
  •         Mindfulness Training
  •         Exposure Therapy
  •         Cutting Edge Neurobiological Research and Data

Based on the scientific principles of cognitive behavioral therapy, the workbook has solid applications for people afflicted with a wide variety of issues, including agoraphobia, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other anxiety disorders, as well as the plaguing, day-to-day worry and anxiety so many of us let rule our lives.    

Strategies for Long-Term Success

The workbook can be used as a practical, stand-alone tool or as an ancillary therapeutic support. Individuals are given multiple tools for life-long success, but The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook makes clear that they don’t have to go it alone. Designed to be a hands-on guide, the worksheets can be used over and over again as needed. A resources section also steers individuals towards other support avenues and books of note. Written in an easy-to-read, step-by-step style, The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook supplies hope to the reader, as well as tried and true, long-term tools for the eradication of multiple, potentially crippling, diagnoses.