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Stop Worrying: Get Your Life Back On Track With Cbt by [Kerkhof, Ad]
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Open University Press; 1 edition (1 Aug. 2010)
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews
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'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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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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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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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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