The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Anxiety: A Step-by-step Program Paperback – 1 Dec 2008
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People who experience persistent anxiety practically always operate with a negative self-view, along with a strong sense of desperation and vulnerability. This vulnerable state of mind frequently opens the floodgates to more of the physical sensations we associate with anxiety, and persistent forms of anxiety can add to one's sense of personal doubt. This reciprocating process of self-doubt and self-downing links to anxiety and creates a platform for a continuation of self-doubts. "The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Anxiety" offers a powerful, stepwise program for breaking the cycle of anxiety and getting back to a rich and productive life. Using the time-tested principles of rational-emotive behavior therapy (REBT), the book shows readers how to recognize and dispute irrational thoughts that can lead to feelings of anxiety. It proceeds with a programme of action-oriented steps that help readers return from the dizzy, heady realm of anxiety to a grounded and purposeful existence.
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I took medication and things settled down a little only to come back with a vengeance when I started a job I didn't really like. Well, as things would have happened, I got fired, but I decided it was time to take this problem into my own hands. I stumbled upon this book by accident. Reading books is the only thing I had not tried yet, I went to doctors, psychologist, psychiatrists and I took medication...so what did I have to lose.
This book opened my eyes. It gave me so much information on my problem that I just couldn't figure out on my own because I was so anxious and tensed. It really feels like you have your own little doctor talking to you in each page and everything is explained so clearly. It took me three months to read it cover to cover and I noticed some changes in the first weeks of starting the program.
Now, I read through it every month and I have reduced my medication, without any complications so far. If all goes well, in three months time (because I'm taking it slow) I should be off medication for good. My anxiety still makes cameo appearances in my life from time to time, but, I can control it now. These are my thoughts, and I am not gonna let them rule over me anymore, thanks to this book.
Wish the information would elaborate more on how to deal in specific situations- book is too broad with anxiety and does not particularly deliver info on how severe anxiety can be for some people. Wish it would build more on info and tactics to conquer anxiety.
The chapters tend to graze topics vs fully describe and (in detail) explain how to deal with certain things. Being as I am a person with mild to moderate anxiety, I know I look at everything from a very detail oriented perspective- perfectionism is a side-effect of anxiety and I did not feel that the book fully grabbed me and helped me understand how I could change this or use cognitive therapy to better my quality of life. The workbook aspect of it definitely makes you think a lot about what you could do- even if the outcomes are far different than those prescribed by the book.
the book did not supersede my expectations but definitely opened a playing field to help me feel like I am not alone.