Anxiety is an issue that is affecting millions to a significant degree. Many even seek therapy to overcome their fears and break free of unhealthy habits. Moreover, everyone encounters even the smallest amount of anxiety in everyday situations and the impulse is to simply run away. The question always is how much we can control our anxiety or if it even is something we can control. The most important thing to know is that changes can be made. Below, we’ve selected 3 books on anxiety from experts as well as ordinary people who wrote their experiences as a way to show other sufferers they are not alone. We hope these books will inspire you as you learn of tips on how to get over anxiety and live life to the fullest.
3 Best Books on Anxiety
Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David D. Burns
Psychiatrist David Burns makes a point in distracting the attention from all of the negative emotions that come with anxiety. Pessimism and low self-esteem are feelings we frequently encounter and they’re very hard to control. However, Dr. Burns focuses on techniques meant to improve our moods, strengthen our confidence and build up our resistance to criticism. Like the title says, this is a book that tries to teach its readers how to decrease their anxiety and fear and simply feel good. No drugs, but cognitive therapy techniques to overcome negative tendencies.
Burns’ website is filled with insight on how to get over anxiety and build a strong self-esteem and offers resources for you to get informed on the topic. He also has a Twitter page to keep you updated on his podcasts.
The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund Bourne
Like Burns, Edmund Bourne is a specialist in psychiatric disorders. The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook has been recommended over the years by psychiatrists and psychologists alike. It is a very comprehensive guide on the causes of anxiety and the possible treatments, including medication and nutrition. While it is technical in nature, the book is very clear on how to get over anxiety. The Workbook includes multiple techniques for dealing with anxiety as it manifests differently in different people, including breathing and relaxation techniques, important life style changes and in what way treatment will help you if you commit to therapy.
The entire catalogue of Bourne’s work can be purchased on Amazon.
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson is unlike the other books on our list. While the others are written from the point of view of the experts, Furiously Happy is a firsthand experience into how soul-sucking anxiety could get. It might sound impossible to link anxiety to funny experiences. However, Lawson manages to recount her experiences with anxiety in a series of essays that are funny and touching at the same time. Lawson’s journey could be very relatable to some. So much so that you could actually join her on the way and let out a few laughs. While this is not a clinical look on anxiety, the insight is still valuable and educational.
Whether you want to know more technical aspects of anxiety or relate to someone else in your struggles, these books are certainly for you. We hope these books will inspire you to make a change in your life and not let anxiety get in the way of your goals. There is so much you can do if you don’t let the fear win.
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