The Anti-Anxiety Program

Second Edition
A Workbook of Proven Strategies to Overcome Worry, Panic, and Phobias

Peter J. Norton and Martin M. Antony

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A lifeline for anxiety sufferers, this expertly crafted workbook has been revised and updated to be even more user-friendly. Readers discover a new sense of freedom as they work through this comprehensive program grounded in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Step by step, the book provides skills for changing anxiety-provoking ways of thinking and for confronting feared situations safely and gradually. Updated with over a decade's worth of research advances, the second edition includes more detailed instructions for customizing the program, extra 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; readers can download and print additional copies as needed.

“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

“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

“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

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



About the Authors

Peter 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, ABPP, is Professor of Psychology at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He was founding director of the Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic and the Psychology Residency Program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. The recipient of career awards from the Society of Clinical Psychology (Division 12 of the American Psychological Association), the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Dr. Antony is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and has served as president of the CPA and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. He has published over 30 books and 275 scientific articles and book chapters on cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychological assessment, anxiety disorders, obsessive–compulsive disorder, and perfectionism.


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
ISBN: 9781593859930