Most stress is a normal part of daily life, and can be coped with adequately by the individual. Prolonged or more serious stress however may require professional help. A local GP can often provide this but in many cases will refer the client to a mental health worker or other health professional. Originally published in 1990, this title was written for each of these groups: as a practical handbook and guide for those professionals working in the field of mental health, but also written for the referring GP and those seeking help themselves.
The authors integrate theoretical and academic material relating to anxiety and stress research with clinical experience. The book begins with a theoretical section offering a working model of stress, a guide to diagnostic classification, and alternative models of anxiety. This is followed by chapters on assessment, explaining the problem and treatment procedures to the client, teaching specific self-help skills, and changing stressful lifestyles. Advice is also given on running anxiety and stress management groups, and individual case studies are examined. The authors make extensive use of analogy and metaphor to ensure ready understanding and recall. They also include many useful inventories, questionnaires, charts and client handouts.
Anxiety and Stress Management will be of use to all health professionals working with people who have anxiety and stress related problems, but will prove equally valuable for the clients themselves as a reference book and as a means of self-education and self-help.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations. Acknowledgements. Preface. Editor’s Introduction. 1. What We Know about Stress – A Model Based on Research 2. Diagnostic Classification and Theories of Anxiety 3. Assessment 4. Anxiety and Stress – The Process of Education 5. Self-Help Techniques Explained 6. Helping Clients to Change their Lifestyles 7. Running an Anxiety Management Group 8. Some Case-Study Examples of Treating Anxiety and Stress. References. Name Index. Subject Index.