The Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens

The Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens

CBT Skills to Overcome Fear, Worry & Panic

Book - 2015
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" Do you have problems with anxiety? The Anxious Teen Survival Guide is a much-needed, go-to guide to help you finally break free from the worry and ruminations that can get in the way of reaching your goals. If you have anxiety, your fears and worries can keep you from feeling confident and independent. Teen milestones such as making friends, dating, getting good grades, or taking on more mature responsibilities, may seem much more difficult. And if you're like countless other anxious teens, you may even avoid situations that cause you anxiety altogether-leaving you stuck in a cycle of worry and avoidance. So, how can you take control of your anxiety before it takes control of you? Based in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), this book helps you identify your "monkey mind"-the primitive part of the brain where anxious thoughts arise. You'll also be able to determine if you suffer from generalized anxiety, phobias, social anxiety, panic and agoraphobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), or separation anxiety. Full of powerful yet simple cartoon illustrations, this book will teach you practical strategies for handling even the toughest situations that previously caused you to feel anxious or worried. If you're ready to feel more independent, more confident, and be your best, this unique book will show you how"-- Provided by publisher.
"For teens, feeling independent is critical for building self-confidence. But for anxious teens, fears, worries, and rumination can stand in the way of achieving the developmental milestones that lead to independence--such as socializing, dating, academic success, or taking on more mature responsibilities. Based in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), The Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens is an engaging, illustrated resource to help teens skillfully work through situations that cause anxiety so they can focus on their goals. By identifying their "monkey mind"--the part of their brain where anxious thoughts arise--teens will start to feel more independent, more confident, and ready to take on the world"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Oakland, CA : Instant Help Books, an imprint of New Harbinger Publications, Inc., [2015]
ISBN: 9781626252431
Characteristics: viii, 235 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Shannon, Doug
Call Number: Y 155.5 SHA


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Dec 21, 2017

This is one the best basic CBT guides I've seen. It doesn't waste time trying to sell you the book or a "new, revolutionary" method like many self-help books. This one is just a simple and straightforward guide to how to use CBT/exposure therapy to gradually gain control over and/or learn to accept your anxieties. There are separate chapters for different kinds of anxiety too, but the book isn't too long to read entirely.
I think a couple techniques recommended in the later chapters might be harmful though--focusing on your worst-case scenario every day or scheduling worry time might just encourage anxious thought patterns--that time might be better spent doing some of the earlier exercises like learning alternative thoughts or doing breathing/mindfulness exercises or writing down what you can do about fixable worries.
Useful worksheets are available for free on the publisher's website.


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