Welcome to my anxiety book reviews! The list below are books that I read and found helpful in my journey towards recovery.
The following are books that can relate to all people regardless of religion or spiritual beliefs.
Peace from Nervous Suffering (Signet) by Dr. Claire Weekes is probably the most helpful book when it comes to anxiety and panic attacks. This book offers a lot of the same information that is offered in today's more expensive anxiety programs. I highly recommend this book even if you are already participating in a cognitive-behavioral program or CBT therapy. It works wonderful as a support book. This book is no longer in print and new copies of this book can be expensive. You can also get this book from the local library but I really recommend owning your own copy. I would not give mine up for anything!
Hope and Help for Your Nerves by Dr. Claire Weeks is the next best thing! This book is a great companion to "Peace from Nervous Suffering". This book offers information from the perspective in relation to the challenge of Agoraphobia. In my opinion, there is no other book like this one. You can get a used or new copy fairly cheap. I also recommend owning your own copy, especially if you suffer with agoraphobia. This book is a true blueprint for recovery!
Pass Through Panic: Freeing Yourself from Anxiety and Fear by Dr. Claire Weekes Audio Cd (Audio book) is another great resource. This is particularly helpful to those who need to hear her voice and reassurance. She has a kind hearted-soft voice. Being a native to Australia, she has an accent that I found soothing. This Audio Cd is great to bring along when driving and challenging stressful situations away from home.
The Imp of the Mind: Exploring the Silent Epidemic of Obsessive Bad Thoughts by Lee Baer, PhD is a great book that deals with unwanted obsessive thoughts. Lee Baer, is a leading expert on obsessive compulsive disorder and in this book he specifically talks about the "obsessions". Example: who has these thoughts, why do we have these thoughts, and how to deal with these thoughts.
From Panic to Power: Proven Techniques to Calm Your Anxieties, Conquer Your Fears, and Put You in Control of Your Life by Lucinda Bassett is a good book. Lucinda talks about her experience with anxiety , panic, agoraphobia and obsessive thoughts and how to overcome it all. The information in this book is some of the same information provided in the "Attacking Anxiety and Depression program" but more condensed and without group discussions. Lucinda is an inspiration to many because she has been through it herself and has reached genuine recovery.
Life Without Limits by Lucinda Bassett is a good companion book to "From Panic to Power". In this book, Lucinda focuses on how to spot self sabotage, and how to move past those things that would hold us back from success. This book is good encouragement to those who have read her past books or have used her program. "Life without Limits" focuses on moving forward, to challenge yourself to change and to reach your dreams.
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff and It's All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things From Taking Over Your Life (Don't Sweat the Small Stuff Series). by Richard Carlson, PhD. is a great little book filled with 100 small meditations. These meditations are encouraging and help keep your mind going in a positive, truthful direction. This book puts a new perspective on life's stressful events. Dr. Carlson reveals ways to make our actions more peaceful and caring. Our reaction to life's stressors have everything to do with our stress level and so I recommend this book as a great "side-table" book!
Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life Byron Katie asks you four different questions in her book. Through her own life struggles, Katie has found a way to mental health by asking herself those questions and then answering them. This is called The Work. The Work as explained in her book, helps the person suffering understand what is true and what is not. It also helps you to learn to accept what is and
Breaking The Grip Of Dangerous Emotions: Don't Break Down - Break Through! by Janet Maccaro, PhD, CNC, really helps direct those looking for natural solutions. Everything from vitamins, herbs, amino acids, aromatherapy and much more! Janet speaks from personal experience in this book as she too suffered with panic attacks, depression along with other emotional issues. She uncovers the helpful things she found and shares them with you. This book was a great self-help tool and aided me in finding natural solutions that worked. Lucinda Bassett wrote an except for this book and it comes highly recommended!
Eating Well for Optimum Health: The Essential Guide to Bringing Health and Pleasure Back to Eating by Andrew Weil, M.D. was recommended to me by my doctor! Believe it or not, not all doctors use medication as their only approach. My doctor is a firm believer in proper diet and nutrition and believes it plays a huge role in healing. This book helped me discover that what I was eating (or not eating), was contributing to my condition. I find this book to be an excellent guide and recommend it to all.
What to Say When you Talk To Yourself by Shad Helmstetter, Ph.D. is a fantastic book especially if you are having trouble knowing what to say to yourself. It talks about the importance of positive self talk and how it effects you in your life. This book is highly recommended!