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Managing Anxiety with CBT For Dummies

Managing Anxiety with CBT For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Graham C. Davey , Kate Cavanagh , Fergal Jones , Lydia Turner , Adrian Whittington
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Don't panic! Combat your worries and minimize anxiety with CBT!

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a hugely popular self-help technique, which teaches you to break free from destructive or negative behaviors and make positive changes to both your thoughts and your actions. This practical guide to managing anxiety with CBT will help you understand your anxiety, identify solutions to your problems, and maintain your gains and avoid relapse.

Managing Anxiety with CBT For Dummies is a practical guide to using CBT to face your fears and overcome anxiety and persistent, irrational worries. You'll discover how to put extreme thinking into perspective and challenge negative, anxiety-inducing thoughts with a range of effective CBT techniques to help you enjoy a calmer, happier life.

  • Helps you understand anxiety and how CBT can help
  • Guides you in making change and setting goals
  • Gives you tried-and-true CBT techniques to face your fears and keep a realistic perspective

Managing Anxiety with CBT For Dummies gives you the tools you need to overcome anxiety and expand your horizons for a healthy, balanced life.

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Discover how to beat anxiety and live a happy, balanced life Everybody experiences anxiety now and then. But for some people anxiety is like a steel trap holding them back from happiness and a rich, productive life. If you suffer from problem anxiety, this book has the solution. It lays out a simple, proven approach for getting at the sources of your anxiety and freeing yourself from its grip. You'll learn powerful Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques for understanding the sources of your anxiety, identifying 'trigger' situations that lead to runaway anxiety, and replacing negative thought patterns – helping you to build a brighter, healthier future. Take the first steps on the path to change – find the courage to face up to your fears and anxieties and to set goals on your journey to a life free from anxiety Take control of your anxiety – learn powerful techniques for reprogramming your anxiety-causing patterns of thought and behaviour and replacing them with positive ones Live free and stay free – make important lifestyle changes that will help you maintain your mental and emotional balance and avoid falling back into the anxiety trap Open the book and find: What CBT is and why it works How to be objective about your anxiety Guidelines for mapping out the causes of your anxiety How to face your fears and keep them in perspective Tips for overcoming worry and uncertainty Healthy lifestyle changes you can make to keep you anxiety free What to do if you feel yourself slipping back into the grip of anxiety Learn to: Understand what anxiety is and how it can hold you back Prepare for change and establish goals for the future Face your fears and keep your worries in perspective

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 823 KB
  • Print Length: 180 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (28 Aug 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0094P2THO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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I am Professor of Psychology at the University of Sussex, UK, where my research interests are anxiety, worry, phobias and the role of the disgust emotion in psychopathology. I have written a range of teaching and research books, most recently on clinical psychology and psychopathology. I am a past President of the British Psychological Society, and am currently an Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Experimental Psychopathology ( I also have blogs which can be found at and I am, unfortunately for my sins, a life-long suffering supporter of Leicester City Football Club.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth trying 29 Oct 2012
By octophone VINE VOICE
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The "For Dummies" series is known for being well laid out, easy to follow and written at a universally understandable level. Given that the brand reaches into everything from playing the harmonica to existentialism, any slight pang about this title's core audience being sensitive to being considered "dummies" can be put aside as this is in excellent entry in an every growing catalogue.

Cards on the table, I started having panic attacks and regular extreme anxiety symptoms towards the end of July and had sought medical help the following month. Although I had tried and dismissed a different CBT book, I was willing to give it another go so this new title could not have been better timed for me. As one would expect the tone and style of the book is easy to work with but never feels simplistic or condescending. The exercises are practical and sensible, based around the notion of SMART goals. I was able to create such a SMART goal and put it into practice almost immediately, following the template the book suggests and experienced some success with this within a week. The book also contains key facts often of a medical nature which illuminate the condition and certainly provided me with a better understanding of what my body is experiencing - personally, I needed that.

Inevitably, these things are very personal but if you are familiar with the series from any other book and the tone and pace of that text worked for you, this one should have something for you too. A difficult and complicated subject handled with clarity and sensitivity.
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Like all the `Dummies' guides I've read to date, this one is clearly laid out, easy to follow and packed with good, sensible advice.

Part 1 deals with explaining what anxiety is, its possible causes, signs and symptoms of bodily sensations. Part 2 constructively looks at how to tackle and (hopefully) beat anxiety by devising coping strategies, facing up to fears and letting go of persistent worry while Part 3 looks to the future by working towards adopting a healthy lifestyle, working towards goals but also looks at contributory or maintaining factors such as depression and problems with sleep, alcohol and prescription drugs. Finally the book ends with a series of self-help tips for tackling, beating and moving on to a happier, anxiety-free life for the future.

It's an easy to read book with easy to follow charts, simple worksheets and thought-provoking scenarios which will help a sufferer challenge their probably-mistaken beliefs of "If I do `this' then `that' (ie dreaded event) will happen...". It's not Rocket Science but good, sound helpful advice based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy approach, ie the same approach used by most UK Clinical Psychologists.

As a Psychology graduate with a special interest in Clinical Psychology, I feel this book would give any anxiety sufferer or `carer' a good insight into the condition along with the ability to understand what is happening and why. Without this, it would be very difficult to beat the condition and move on using the constructive, helpful advice and tips provided.

I would recommend the book to any sufferer of anxiety and/or their immediate carers/relatives/friends to obtain an insight and understanding of the condition and how to beat it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SMART guide to managing anxiety 12 Nov 2012
By All of them Witches TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Another very good, very accessible series of exercises and clinical guidance in managing and moving on from anxiety. A lot of the content is I suppose fairly generic to a lot of books on anxiety but these 'dummies' books are so well laid out and user friendly balancing text with diagrams, templates and illustrations. The presentation is extremely important in maintaining motivation in this instance as walls of text can just appear overwhelming. This guide breaks things down into concise and easy to grasp sections.
The contents page can been viewed from the main page but I have to mention in particular the last two chapters 'Ten Tips for Tackling Anxiety' and 'Ten Inspiring Tips for Moving On from Anxiety' which offer lots of very good strategies for achieving and maintaining a healthier, happier and more fulfilled life.
I'm starting to think that it is almost a disservice to the series of books I have read which are marketed with the 'dummies' label as the quality of the contents has been consistently high and as with all of these books I have read are compiled by experts of their particular fields. I would advise anyone experiencing issues relating to depression, anxiety etc who felt they may be receptive to some self-help to not disregard books in this series as in any way 'frivolous' They are anything but and are very encouraging in their approach.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Practical and accessible 24 April 2013
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One of the strengths of the Dummies range is that you don't necessarily need to take a linear approach to learning. Rather, you can use the contents page to go straight to what you need. This book, though, does require a full, conventional read-through first of all, although the layout and signposting makes it easily subsequently to review specific sections to find particular information.

It's shorter than most in the series, but that is probably a strength rather than a weakness. There's no lack of depth, either, with some interesting physiological insights alongside the mental exercises.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anxiety for dummies
Excellent, clear and helpful exercises.
Practical easy read with good references for further help. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Candice
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent lay persons guide to the subject
Published 1 month ago by Michael J. Eccleston
2.0 out of 5 stars Yet another CBT book
This is well set out and good for self analysis and self help but maybe the doctor would be better. At least you can vist the doctor with information. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars accessible and comprehensive
I find this book very useful and easy to understand, and it contains helpful strategies that clients have found helpful
Published 4 months ago by John Callaghan
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful book ..
I've not fully read it yet - I tend to dip in an out a bit. Its to understand the condition so as I can help guide a member of my family. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Richard Anthony Simpson
4.0 out of 5 stars review
I bought this for my son and he says that it is a clear book for desribing the CBt process and the exercises are quite clear too
Published 6 months ago by KatieK
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product
I bought this as a present and the person really enjoyed it. The dummies series of books are a great way to learn and the way is written is just clever and easy to understand. Read more
Published 7 months ago by GR
5.0 out of 5 stars a great and simple book to follow
i bought this book for a family member who has found it very helpful. i would recommend this to anyone with anxiety.
Published 11 months ago by carol ordway
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
This book is very good, I haven't read all of it yet but am finding it very helpful. Looking forward to the next part.
Published 12 months ago by Valerie Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
Excellent book. Has many practical resources and it was a very helpful book. Would recommend it to anyone struggling with anxiety.
Published 14 months ago by RevTerry
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