The Anti-Anxiety Program
A Workbook of Proven Strategies to Overcome Worry, Panic, and Phobias
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How would it feel to approach life with more confidence, and less fear? Discover a new sense of freedom as you work through this expertly crafted workbook, now revised and updated to be even more user friendly. Grounded in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), the book helps you understand how anxiety gets out of control; identify your triggers; change the patterns of thinking and behavior that make worry, panic, and phobias worse; and take proven steps to confront feared situations. The second edition has been updated with over a decade's worth of research advances. It includes more detailed instructions for customizing the program, added support for staying motivated, vivid stories that run throughout the book, new separate chapters on relaxation and mindfulness, and downloadable audio recordings. The large-size format makes it easy to fill in the worksheets; you can download and print extra copies as needed.
“There’s good news about recovering from fears and phobias, and it’s called The Anti-Anxiety Program
. This completely revised second edition by two top experts offers you straightforward strategies backed by proven science. You get to work at your own pace, building your personal program to quiet those noisy worries and gain the courage and confidence you need to take back your life.”—Reid Wilson, PhD, author of Stopping the Noise in Your Head
“If you are looking for a self-help book that combines the latest research with helpful tools to set you on the path to managing anxiety, this is one of the best! Drs. Norton and Antony provide optimistic, helpful, step-by-step guidance.”—J. Gayle Beck, PhD, Lillian and Morrie Moss Chair of Excellence, Department of Psychology, University of Memphis
“A remarkable achievement. This book truly stands out for its immensely experienced authors, numerous practical tips, and the comprehensiveness of the help it provides.”—David M. Clark, DPhil, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
“It's wonderful to see Drs. Norton and Antony touch on many anxiety conditions that aren't often talked about. This will be a comfort to readers who feel they are the ‘only one.' For me personally, the techniques in this book have helped me accept my illness, stop avoiding things that make me anxious, and lead a happier and less stressful life. You can live with anxiety and you can manage it effectively—this book will help you get there.”—Sarah D., Victoria, Australia
“If you suffer from anxiety, this book is just what the doctor ordered. Even better, there is no doctor required! This program teaches you how to help yourself. Read it, learn from it, and follow it to chart your course to a life not limited by anxiety.”—Murray B. Stein, MD, MPH, FRCPC, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Public Health, University of California, San Diego
“This book will do more than help you manage your anxiety—it will help you feel better about yourself.”—Melissa M. Norberg, PhD, Deputy Director, Centre for Emotional Health, Macquarie University, Australia
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Faces of Anxiety
I. The Prep
1. Anxiety: The Big Picture
2. Getting to Know Your Anxiety
3. Getting Ready for the Program
4. Setting Goals and Planning Your Program
II. The Core Program
5. Identifying Thinking Patterns That Contribute to Anxiety
6. Changing Thinking Patterns by Evaluating the Evidence
7. Changing Thinking Patterns by Taking Action
8. Introduction to Confronting Your Fears
9. Confronting Feared Objects and Situations
10. Confronting Scary Thoughts, Memories, Images, Urges, and Uncertainty
11. Confronting Frightening Feelings and Sensations
III. Additional Strategies
12. Learning to Relax
13. Mindfulness: Learning to Accept Unwanted Experiences
Conclusion: Living without Anxiety
Track 1. Progressive Muscle Relaxation—Long Form (24:40)
Track 2. Progressive Muscle Relaxation—Short Form (14:12)
Track 3. Progressive Muscle Relaxation—Full Body (3:10)
About the AuthorsPeter J. Norton
, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Associate Head of School (Research) at the Cairnmillar Institute in Melbourne, Australia. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), Dr. Norton is an internationally recognized researcher and developer of transdiagnostic cognitive-behavioral therapy for emotional disorders. He has authored numerous research studies; has delivered many presentations and workshops for the scientific community, therapists, and the general public; and sits on the editorial boards of two scientific journals. He is a recipient of the Theodore Blau Early Career Award for Outstanding Contribution to Professional Clinical Psychology from the Society of Clinical Psychology (Division 12 of the APA), among other honors.
Martin M. Antony
, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at Toronto Metropolitan University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and Provincial Clinical and Training Lead for the Ontario Structured Psychotherapy Program. Previously, Dr. Antony was founding director of both the Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic and the Psychology Residency Program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. He has published over 300 scientific articles and chapters and 33 books in areas related to cognitive-behavioral therapy and anxiety-related disorders, and has presented his work widely across four continents. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, he is past president of the Canadian Psychological Association and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.
Readers struggling with any type of anxiety problem; also of interest to mental health professionals for use with or recommendation to clients.
Previous editions published by Guilford:
First Edition, © 2009