The Anti-Anxiety Program
A Workbook of Proven Strategies to Overcome Worry, Panic, and Phobias
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A lifeline for anxiety sufferers, this expertly crafted workbook has been revised and updated to be even more user-friendly. Readers discover a new sense of freedom as they work through this comprehensive program grounded in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Step by step, the book provides skills for changing anxiety-provoking ways of thinking and for confronting feared situations safely and gradually. Updated with over a decade's worth of research advances, the second edition includes more detailed instructions for customizing the program, extra support for staying motivated, vivid stories that run throughout the book, new separate chapters on relaxation and mindfulness, and downloadable audio recordings. The large-size format makes it easy to fill in the worksheets; readers can download and print additional copies as needed.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Faces of Anxiety
I. The Prep
1. Anxiety: The Big Picture
2. Getting to Know Your Anxiety
3. Getting Ready for the Program
4. Setting Goals and Planning Your Program
II. The Core Program
5. Identifying Thinking Patterns That Contribute to Anxiety
6. Changing Thinking Patterns by Evaluating the Evidence
7. Changing Thinking Patterns by Taking Action
8. Introduction to Confronting Your Fears
9. Confronting Feared Objects and Situations
10. Confronting Scary Thoughts, Memories, Images, Urges, and Uncertainty
11. Confronting Frightening Feelings and Sensations
III. Additional Strategies
12. Learning to Relax
13. Mindfulness: Learning to Accept Unwanted Experiences
Conclusion: Living without Anxiety
Peter J. Norton, PhD, is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the FEAR Clinic at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), Dr. Norton is an internationally recognized researcher and developer of transdiagnostic cognitive-behavioral therapy for emotional disorders. He has authored numerous research studies; has delivered many presentations and workshops for the scientific community, therapists, and the general public; and sits on the editorial boards of two scientific journals. He is a recipient of the Theodore Blau Early Career Award for Outstanding Contribution to Professional Clinical Psychology from the Society of Clinical Psychology (Division 12 of the APA), among other honors.
Martin M. Antony, PhD, ABPP, is Professor of Psychology at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He was founding director of the Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic and the Psychology Residency Program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. The recipient of career awards from the Society of Clinical Psychology (Division 12 of the American Psychological Association), the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Dr. Antony is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and has served as president of the CPA and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. He has published over 30 books and 275 scientific articles and book chapters on cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychological assessment, anxiety disorders, obsessive–compulsive disorder, and perfectionism.