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Ad Kerkhof
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1 Aug 2010 9780335242528 978-0335242528 2nd Revised edition
"It's a book which sets realistic goals, has a down-to-earth approach and is genuinely useful."
Claudia Hammond, broadcaster, writer and academic psychologist.

"Very simple and practical"
Professor Geoff Beattie, University of Manchester and resident Big Brother psychologist

"The method described is really excellent! Besides having a sound basis in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) it instils hope and motivates intentions to change."
Béla BUDA, M.D - Psychiatrist, Budapest, Hungary

"This book is a well thought-out combination of cognitive therapy and mindful techniques. It is a practical book with useful step-by-step exercises. It contains an excellent analysis of the common causes of worry and methods for overcoming it."
Dr Steven Melemis, author of
I Want To Change My Life

We all worry about things - some of us even worry about the fact that we are worrying. This practical book will help you to put your fears into perspective and teach you to cope with stressful situations.Supporting and offering advice to worriers, as well as their family and friends, this book also provides guidance for professionals who work in mental health, especially those who recommend self-help to their clients.

Other contributors: Saida Akhnikh, Anneke Koopman, Maarten van der Linde, Marleen Stam and Elvan Tutkun were doctoral students in clinical psychology at the VU University of Amsterdam where they carried out research on the Stop Worrying Project, which formed the basis of this book.

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Open University Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780335242528
  • ISBN-13: 978-0335242528
  • ASIN: 0335242529
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a wise, practical book full of genuinely useful strategies for dealing with your worries. --Dr Stephen Briers, Clinical psychologist and broadcaster

It's a book which sets realistic goals, has a down-to-earth approach and is genuinely useful. --Claudia Hammond, Broadcaster, writer and academic psychologist

An excellent analysis of the common causes of worry and methods for overcoming it. --Dr Steven Melemis, author of 'I Want To Change My Life'

Very simple and very practical.
--Professor Geoff Beattie, University of Manchester and resident Big Brother psychologist

You CAN stop worrying...this new book explains how to train your brain to kick the habit.
--The Daily Mail, August 23 2010

I usually cringe at self-help books that promise to deliver a new me by tomorrow, but Stop Worrying is different.
--Marie Claire, November 2010

If you tend to fret, check out Stop Worrying- it's full of practical and useful tips.
--Sainsbury's magazine, November 2010

About the Author

Ad Kerkhof is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the VU University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He specializes in worry, depression and suicide. He also has a psychotherapy practice, where he treats clients for persistent forms of worrying, depression and burn-out.

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Manage your worries and live more purposefully 21 Oct 2010
'Stop Worrying', by Dr. Ad Kerkhof, provides a set of practical exercises designed to make you aware of your worries so that you can begin to tackle them and replace them with something more fulfilling. The author understands the mind of the worrier, and guides him/her though the exercises with patience and persistence. In the introductory section, Kerkhof considers the meaning of the word 'worry' and chooses the French torturer l'esprit 'torturing of the mind' as best typifying the state of mind of the worrier. Whereas thinking leads to action, worrying is a form of 'self-torture' which leads nowhere. But Kerkhof assures us that we can use our own strength and imagination to break the habit of worrying and begin working toward living a more purposeful life. Most importantly, he reminds us that we are not alone and encourages us to confide in others: 'Don't forget to tell those close to you about your efforts to worry less. They will be happy to support you.'

For those readers who avoid seeking help, I would add that 'Stop Worrying' was the first self-help book that I have ever worked through seriously. I have avoided such books. I never needed them. But that changed. A series of personal losses, most especially the death of my spouse, gave rise to some new and intense anxieties in the years that followed. In addition to loneliness and grief, I worried excessively about my ability to work competently again. I worried about not being good enough. I worried about a past I could not change and a future that I feared. I worried about worrying and about everyone knowing that I was worrying.

Thankfully, 'Stop Worrying' does not preach optimism or offer a quick fix.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A structured approach to worry 27 Oct 2010
Worrying is an underappreciated concern which can severely damage and limit a person's life. This wonderful book is very much a practical text that allows you to focus on, and attempt to control, worry in a structured way. There are some extremely useful exercises such as the: "Three Column Exercise" an example of which is given below.

Worry: I feel stupid so I am stupid.

Thinking habit: Emotional thinking.

Realistic thought: The fact that I am inadequate in this situation does not mean that I am always inadequate.

I would have liked the book to have considered the (clear?) link between worry and lack of confidence. However, there are ample bibliographical references which may lead to academic texts which deal with this issue. Nevertheless, this book is extremely useful and positive. Finally, picking one typical sentence: "Positive emotions broaden our outlook on things and make us more creative when thinking about solutions to our problems.". It is above all a very hopeful work.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Lara T
I was a bit sceptical when I picked up this book since I have read many similar books and already have a good knowledge of CBT, however I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this book still has a lot to teach me.

The first thing I would praise is the great layout. All the material is presented in short, easy to digest chapters and there is a structured programme to follow for 4 weeks which includes various exercises and ideas on how one can cope with worry. There is space for user notes and a large number of tests. I found that this makes the information easier to understand and certainly makes the book much more fun compared to reading pages and pages of text. There is also a section called worry for advanced students where the reader can examine the most common worries such as "Nobody likes me" and " I am stupid". I have come across similar information before but I particularly liked the approach in this book of how to deal with these common worries. I could really relate to the explanations and the examples in this book.

I would definately recommend this book even to an experienced CBT student interested in the idea of coping with worry.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Consider carefully before purchasing 19 Jan 2011
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The principles, philosophy and techniques behind this book are sound but there are issues with this approach which will seriously impact upon its effectiveness. Unfortunately unless you are incredibly self motivated, not likely to be disheartened, have the time and energy levels you are very unlikely to complete the program and this will soon be gathering cobwebs on your book shelf, counterproductively acting as a reminder of another failed attempt at managing your problems.
Some people experiencing anxiety will feel overwhelmed by working their way thru an entire book spread over four weeks especially as the layout of this book can seem quite confusing. There is no real contingency offered for hurdles or setbacks other then to just keep going which will simply not work for many. Some people will also become quite alienated by some of the recommendations such as clapping loudly and saying 'Not now' if they begin to worry outside of the prescribed worry time. Although the theory of this is ok it is the type of exercise I feel only becomes fully understandable as to its uses and benefits if it is discussed with a therapist rather then read coldly off a page without much background or explanation provided.
I found it quite uninspiring unfortunately. I would recommend trying to access it from a library first.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars stop worrying
great book, with lots of helpful tips, easy read too, well labelled chapters so you could skip to what was relevant to you. purchased more books from this author.
Published 7 months ago by alexandra kerrigan
2.0 out of 5 stars prefer George Carlin's "Stuff"
Could be 1/5 of its size--too chatty. I found it annoying.. Keeping it in a prominent place might remind me that I absolutely do have a problem. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Hyrrockin
3.0 out of 5 stars Not that taken
I got this for my wife, who had been having lots of anxiety and worry issues. She found it very difficult to approach and soon gave up on it altogether. Read more
Published 13 months ago by LOTHAR
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful
I found this extremely helpful - I don't particularly suffer from severe anxiety, rather that I've come out of the other side of it and am now finding it easier to manage. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Rachael
5.0 out of 5 stars A Positive Step in the Right Direction
Stop Worrying: Get your life back on track with CBT is a great book for anyone who worries and wishes to reduce their anxiety by dealing with the problem using a self-help, hands... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mrs. T. Newton
3.0 out of 5 stars CBT is Not Easy
I purchased this book to help me with mild anxiety. Never having been shown CBT before I found the book really difficult and gave up very quickly. Read more
Published 21 months ago by K. Mcdougall
4.0 out of 5 stars A helpful and practical book for those who have some knowledge of CBT
This is a workbook based on the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) designed to help persistent worriers tackle their worries and break the habit of constant anxiety. Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2012 by Laura T
4.0 out of 5 stars Help with knots in the mind
This book is an admirable attempt to provide practical help to sufferers of an issue that seems to get overlooked and overshadowed by anxiety and depression generally. Read more
Published on 31 Dec 2011 by Adam
4.0 out of 5 stars Good practical guide
As a born worrier, arranging a wedding and waiting and preparing to apply for my current job, I was looking for as little help on the worrying front! Read more
Published on 17 Nov 2011 by Eleimon Gonis
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre self help book
Self help book based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) which requires the reader to spend 15 minutes twice a day doing exercises to try and reduce the amount of time worrying. Read more
Published on 9 Nov 2011 by Mr. L. Moreland
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