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Self-Help Bestsellers on Anxiety Disorder – Part I

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What we read is what we normally believe. The way written lines in a book imbue the ethos with our subconscious is hard to match with any other medium of transferring knowledge. This is the age of e-books when even a 10-year-old may own a personal Kindle. We can have access to the entire world via the Internet and scout for whatever information we want to by just sitting in front of the computer or fidgeting with the mobile phone.

But the charm of reading a book and assimilating every single word would probably never lose its relevance. So, whatever we read in a book is deeply embedded in our DNA, and our behavior is modified to a great extent by the slant of a book. Here, we pick a few of the self-help books on anxiety disorders which would throw light on the subject and help in fighting anxiety:

  1. The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook: Sold over 600,000 copies till now, the first edition of the book came out in 1990. The engaging content comprising exercises and worksheets has helped many combat and make progress in their fight against anxiety and phobic disorders. It is penned by Edmund J. Bourne, a prolific writer.
  2. My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind: Written by Scott Stossel, the book is a vivid description of the author’s struggles with anxiety. He has meticulously detailed the history of efforts made by scientists, philosophers, and writers to understand the condition. It is certainly a must-have for those who want to have an intricate view of the condition.
  3. Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy: Renowned psychiatrist, David D. Burns, M.D., has done a commendable work through this book by instilling a confidence in people suffering from depression and anxiety. He emphasized on the fact that anxiety and other feelings like guilt, pessimism, procrastination, low self-esteem, and “black holes” of depression can be treated without drugs. The book is a veritable source of lifting one’s spirit and offers a ray of hope for anxiety disorder patients.
  4. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff… and It’s All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life: A long one for the title of a book, but author Richard Carlson holds the readers’ imagination and reveals ways to calm one’s nerves in the midst of turmoil and stay unaffected. Published in 1997, the book has gone on to enrich lives of millions of patients suffering from anxiety disorder.
  5. 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works: Written by Good Morning America host Dan Harris, the book takes the readers on a journey into the quietude of one’s inner sanctum and cutting off all outside chaos. He delves into the world of meditation and spirituality to tide over anxiety and to pacify other ripples in the mind. The book opens up a host of avenues for mentally perturbed population and shows how to find inner peace and tranquility.
  6. Change Your Brain, Change Your Life: The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Depression, Obsessiveness, Anger, and Impulsiveness: The book is a spectacular presentation of some “brain prescriptions” by neuropsychiatrist Daniel G. Amen, which can heal and quell anxiety disorder in people. A must-read for anxiety disorder patients and their families, the book is a treasure trove to unearth substantial information about tackling the condition.

We will list some more useful books in our next part. We must realize that knowledge helps take better decisions. Reading books, however, might not help if an anxiety disorder goes out of hand. And seeking treatment at the earliest improves the chances of recovery.

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