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  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 4th Revised edition edition (1 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572244135
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572244139
  • Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 21.6 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Edmund J. Bourne, PhD, has specialized in the treatment of anxiety, phobias, and other stress-related disorders for over two decades. His self-help books have helped over a million people and have been translated into numerous languages. He currently resides in California and southern Florida. Phone counseling for problems with panic attacks, phobias, and other anxiety difficulties is available with Dr. Bourne. For information, please call 1-808-334-1847. For resources in your local area, please see Appendix 1. Further information about Dr. Bourne's work may be found at

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Research conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health has shown that anxiety disorders are the number one mental health problem among American women and are second only to alcohol and drug abuse among men. Read the first page
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Phd. on 1 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
A lot of self-help books are hit or miss because they give you one or two strategies for solving a problem. Not so with this book- that's because its a workbook. This means the book takes a problem, and gives you MANY different strategies and ways of solving it. I'm a big fan of workbooks, simply because there's something for everyone. If you don't like strategy "A", well, then just move on and try strategy "B" or "C". Here's a few more specifics about the book...

-you take a self diagnosis questionnaire to help you identify which anxiety disorder you may be dealing with

-you will learn about the causes of anxiety disorders, including triggers and maintaining causes

-the book proposes a multi-level comperehensive approach that addresses different levels of contributing causes (physical, emotional, behavioral, mental, interpersonal, whole-self, and spiritual

-you can use the weekly practice records to monitor your own program

-the bulk of the book is esentially a bunch of strategies that you can choose from, such as breathing exercises, desensitization, physical exercise (also recommend Exercise Beats Depression for more on that), self-talk, and visualization

As you can see, the book takes a very comprehensive approach to getting the reader better and most are bound to find at least find one or two techniques that will really hit the nail on the head. Five stars easy.
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Lucy G on 15 Mar. 2007
Format: Paperback
I have suffered from severe anxiety and panic attacks for many years. I was recently referred to the local NHS mental health service who enrolled me on an Anxiety Management course. In the meantime however, I began applying for other jobs and was pleased to be offered 3 interviews.

The flip side of this was the panic attacks and anxiety that I had been suffering from. I really didn't want this to jeapordise the chance of me getting a new job by having a panic attack at the interview, and I still had not heard anything from the NHS about the date of the anxiety management course.

I decided to take the bull by the horns and sort the problem myself. I ordered this book and read it in a week. I put the techniques into place - in particular the breathing exrecises, deep muscle relaxation and exercise - and after just 2 weeks i feel relaxed, in control and confident.

I had an interview this morning and didn't panic, shake or feel nervous - it was wonderful! I owe it all to the advice in this book which talks to the reader in a direct, intelligent manner and is not patronising. Personally I find NHS leaflets on the subject rather patronising and uninformative (cartoons, captions etc!) but this book was amazing.

I highly recommend it to anyone who suffers at any degree of anxiety. It has changed my life.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By I. Curry VINE VOICE on 5 Dec. 2007
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This book is, quite simply, the best single resource for sufferers of anxiety and related problems. The fact it so far enjoys only 5 star reviews on this site, in a subject area that normally produces great variations in opinion, is quite a testament to how well received it has been. It is an excellent reference, a work book to begin or maintain a recovery from debilitating anxiety, an encouragingly and refreshingly pragmatic and realistic appraisal of disorders, treatments and medications and a crutch for those suffering relapses into old, painful habits.

I came to this book thoroughly disillusioned with the genre of self help for those suffering moderate to severe anxiety. Other texts seem to promise much, only to quickly disappoint by reiterating similar messages of just being positive and expelling negative thoughts. But for it being that easy! Bourne's text takes a more comprehensive approach. It fully details the anxiety conditions, and then sets out the methods by which the symptoms and the root condition can be treated and improved.

In doing this he seems to be open minded, rational and encouraging. Rather than dismiss certain forms of treatment, he explains their advantages and disadvantages and acknowledges that different treatments are more effective and more appropriate to different people with different conditions, in varying degrees of seriousness and at differing points in their diagnosis. It is one of the few `self-help' books I have read that suggests for some people medication is the best therapy, and long term exposure to medication may be required, and that this is to be welcomed as a relief from vicious symptoms rather than feared or stigmatised.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Aug. 2005
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This book is amazing - i have read a lot of books on anxiety and panic, and i can say without doubt this is the best one by far. The author really knows about anxiety and all it's related disorders - and presents a commons sense holistic approach to recovery. He doesn't rely on one area of practise - or emphasise one treatment over others, but presents a comprehensive holistic treatment plan that you can taylor to your own needs - not a one size fits all solution.
Once you understand what type of anxiety disorder you have (it could be more than one - this is perfectly common) what has caused it and what maintains it. You can start to build your own recovery plan - then put it into practise - you can do this on your own, or with a therapist.
Personally i have spent a lot of time with a therapist working on my anxiety - but i'm sure if i had come across this book earlier it would have been uneccesary, all you need is within the book. A great common sense approach to the path of recovery from anxiety - great stuff!
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