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Stop Worrying: Get your life back on track with CBT Paperback – 1 Aug 2010
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 on 28 Aug. 2013 by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on 16 Aug. 2013 by SarahRM
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 morePublished on 27 Feb. 2013 by LOTHAR
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 morePublished on 19 Oct. 2012 by Rachael
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 morePublished on 23 July 2012 by Sassy
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 morePublished on 20 July 2012 by K. Mcdougall
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 morePublished on 6 Feb. 2012 by Laura T
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 morePublished on 31 Dec. 2011 by Adam