Book Review: Use This Workbook To Help With Anxiety, Phobias

The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook (now in its sixth edition) is a highly touted resource for people suffering from anxiety and phobias. For almost 30 years, therapists and experts in the field have been recommending this tool to their patients as a means of helping them cope with the symptoms of these disorders. If you feel as though you have lost control of your life, this book may help you take back some of that control by teaching you relaxation and breathing techniques, how to stop negative self-talk and mistaken beliefs, instructing you on imaginary and real-life desensitization and by giving you advice on lifestyle, nutrition and exercise changes.

According to the book, it’s “written by a leading expert in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and a classic in its field, this fully revised edition offers powerful, step-by-step treatment strategies for panic disorders, agoraphobia, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), worry, and fear.”

Whether you are the one suffering from phobias and anxieties, or you are a professional working with individuals experiencing these conditions, this latest edition can help you find the most recent treatment solutions for overcoming these fears and working toward a healthy life. 

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 supplement to therapy to help you develop a full arsenal of skills for quieting worried thoughts and putting yourself back in control,” according to Goodreads.

This updated edition has the latest anxiety research, medications, plus new therapeutic techniques to help treat anxiety and anxiety-related conditions. The worksheets progress to help you manage your symptoms and live a “normal” life. As you learn how to relax and use breathing as part of your treatment,  you will also be instructed on making changes in your lifestyle, nutrition and how the proper exercises can help you cope with and prevent panic attacks. There are also sections on herbal remedies and other holistic medications. 

Since this is a learning tool – a workbook – you will be given quizzes at the end of some chapters to identify what you may be suffering from, and you will be referred to other books that deal with specific areas that you may want to read about. The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook teaches you to understand “why” you suffer from your specific anxiety/phobia as well as giving you concrete strategies to help you deal with them. As you learn the required skills, you should begin to feel some relief from the overwhelming weight of suffering from these conditions, to guide you toward a lasting recovery.