'I firmly believe that this book could help sufferers take control of their anxiety. The book is written in a very sensible and practical way. There are lots of handy hints and tips given to each chapter. I ended up reading it from cover to cover.'
From the Author
Anxiety disorders are astonishingly common. They include Panic, Phobias (including Agoraphobia and Social Phobia), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Generalised Anxiety Disorder. For many people self-help is a viable way forward and in Free Yourself from Anxiety we aim to show you, step-by-step, how to set up and follow an individually tailored self-help programme. The book is based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), which is the accepted treatment for Anxiety.
Free Yourself from Anxiety is divided into four parts.
PART ONE looks at lifestyle, because very often the way you live is contributing to Anxiety. By examining each aspect of lifestyle in turn and making simple changes you can get yourself fit and ready to tackle your Anxiety driven behaviours.
PART TWO takes you through the `behaviour' part of CBT and shows you how to challenge your Anxiety in a safe controlled way, by setting small goals that take you gradually towards letting go of anxious behaviours.
PART THREE looks at the `cognitive' part of CBT and shows you how to recognise your anxious thinking, challenge it, and ultimately change it.
PART FOUR moves on to some of the deeper issues that may be driving Anxiety and explains how to delve into these. We also suggest where it might be appropriate for you to seek professional help.
Our aim in this book is to be as comprehensive as possible. Each reader will be able to decide which aspects of the recovery programme they need to complete and which are not relevant to them. In addition we have only discussed proven safe techniques.
While we were writing the book we interviewed 10 Anxiety sufferers who are in various stages of recovery and with their permission we have used their words to illustrate our points throughout the book. Instead of made-up case histories you can read about the real-life struggles, successes and failures of our group of 10.