Did you know that anxiety is the most common mental illness in the US?
And, that 40 million Americans currently suffer from anxiety?
Yet, even though anxiety disorders are highly prevalent, they are also highly treatable.
Most people overcome anxiety through medication, counseling, and a variety of other personal methods. For example, some people turn to exercise, while others turn to meditation.
But, if you’re new to anxiety, then you are probably feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the treatment options available.
There are dozens and dozens of medications you can take to overcome your anxiety, and there are a variety of different therapeutic techniques to treat it as well.
And, the thing is, everyone responds to these various treatment methods differently. Some people absolutely swear by meditation, while others don’t know where they’d be without their daily medication.
So, how do you figure out which method is right for you?
It comes down to a lot of trial and error. But, one of the best things you can do is read up on anxiety to figure out which method is best for you.
Below, we’ll discuss the best books to read on overcoming anxiety. Let’s dive in.
1. My Age of Anxiety By Scott Stossel
My Age of Anxiety by Scott Stossel is one of the best books to start with if you are new to the world of anxiety and still don’t fully understand what the diagnosis means.
In this book, Stossel takes both a very personal yet deeply educational approach to the world of anxiety.
The book pours over decades and decades of research as well as a number of scientific interventions which were eventually considered as treatment options.
And, while Stossel is very compassionate and empathetic towards anxiety suffers (as he is one himself), he also manages to make it funny. Humor can be found in nearly every situation, and Stossel manages to find the humor in anxiety in both a graceful and truthful manner.
For those who want to know about the background of anxiety, as well as its cultural implications, then Scott Stossel’s book is a must-read.
2. First, We Make the Beast Beautiful: A New Journey Through Anxiety By Sarah Wilson
Sarah Wilson, the author of I Quit Sugar, has already helped millions of people better their lives.
And in her new book about anxiety, she helps even more.
In this book, written as a memoir, Wilson discusses her lifelong journey of understanding her own anxiety.
But, the book is much more than just a personal story. She also discusses triggers and treatment options and discusses what has and hasn’t worked for her, therefore offering the reader some insight as to what might work for them.
In addition to her own story, Wilson also interviews those who have suffered from anxiety, mental health professionals, researchers, and philosophers, and, even the Dalai Lama himself.
She puts together everything she’s learned from these individuals and relates them to her own experience.
This book is great for anyone who feels like they need to do a better job of embracing their own anxiety as well as explore new possibilities for living a better life.
3. Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David D. Burns
Oftentimes, anxiety is intertwined with feelings of pessimism, guilt and low self-esteem.
And, when we let these negative emotions get the better of us (as we so often do), then it can make our anxiety all the worse.
In Burns’ book, he discusses many ways in which one can overcome the negative emotions that come with anxiety.
- How to handle negative emotions
- Techniques for building self-esteem
- Easy ways to feel good on a daily basis and how to keep that feeling going
- How to handle hostility and criticism
- What causes mood swings, and how to deal with them
- How to deal with guilt
Burns, a world-renowned psychiatrist, packs his book with useful and easy-to-implement examples of how to deal with all these emotions.
This book is great for anyone who feels like they want to face their negative emotions head-on but isn’t sure where to start.
4. Hardcore Self Help: F**k Anxiety By Robert Duff, PhD
If you’re a fan of blunt, to-the-point talk, then this book is for you. If not, then keep reading.
Duff’s book offers honest, plain-spoken advice on how to overcome anxiety, mixed in with a lot of colorful language.
And, even though Duff does have his Ph.D., he writes the book more from the perspective of a friend than a lecturer. And, even more importantly, Duff constantly emphasizes throughout the book the need to reduce the stigma of anxiety.
While Duff doesn’t necessarily offer any information that hasn’t been offered before, the strength of the book comes in its delivery. It’s easygoing, light in scientific jargon, and gets straight to the point in terms of what you need to do to overcome your anxiety.
5. The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques: Understanding How Your Brain Makes You Anxious and What You Can Do to Change It by Margaret Wehrenberg
The title of this book might be long, but the information it provides is simple in straightforward.
In this book, Wehrenberg discusses the fact that if you want to fix a problem in the brain, then you need to start by understanding the brain.
She gives easy-to-understand scientific explanations of the causes of anxiety, and she then offers ten brain techniques that actually work in order to overcome them.
In fact, many people have found these tried and true techniques work in place of medication.
This book is full of practical tips that can help one overcome anxiety, and being that it’s set up in a workbook format, it makes everything feel doable as well.
6. Dare: The New Way to End Anxiety and Stop Panic Attacksby Barry McDonagh
This book is a must-read for anyone whose anxiety also comes with panic attacks.
Panic attacks are often the scariest part of having anxiety, yet few know what to do about them.
In his book, McDonagh offers examples, tools, and in-depth explanations on how to deal with anxiety and panic attacks. Plus, his writing has a particular way of inspiring you to actually go out and put his advice into action.
Based on endless amounts of research as well as 10 years of personal experience with anxiety, McDonagh provides step-by-step guides on how to:
- Face situations that you know will make you anxious (public speaking, flying, etc)
- Put anxious thoughts to rest
- Take supplements that can help relieve anxiety
- Get a good night’s sleep
- Decrease general feelings of anxiety
- Increase self-esteem and confidence
- Stop panic attacks
If you suffer from panic attacks, you may find this book to be your saving grace.
7. Don’t Leave Me! Step-by-Step Help for Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety By Nicole Wilde
So, maybe you’re not looking for a book that helps you deal with your own anxiety, but rather, your pet’s anxiety.
Don’t worry, Nicole Wilde has you covered on that end.
In this book, Wilde discusses how separation can be an extremely challenging issue for both pets and their owners.
In this comprehensive guide, Wilde offers advice on how to help your dog lower their own stress levels, as well as lower your own.
The book is chock full of tips, ideas, and step-by-step guides, even suggesting that CBD oil for dogs with anxiety is a great option.
After reading this book, both you and your pet will be in a much better place about having to spend time apart.
8. The Anxiety and Phobia Workbookby Edmund Bourne
This is one of the most classic books on the subject of anxiety.
Yet, this book has definitely stood the test of time, and the advice Bourne offers applies just as much as today as it did when it was first written.
In fact, this is one of the first books that many psychologists recommend to their patients about overcoming anxiety.
In this book, Bourne offers clear and concise information on what causes anxiety. He also shares information and his own personal thoughts about the many treatment options available for anxiety sufferers.
Also, Bourne definitely recognizes that there are different levels of anxiety out there, and he addresses this in his book.
In this book, you’ll discover a wide range of proven methods for overcoming anxiety. You’ll learn how to:
- Control negative self talk
- Understand your mistaken beliefs
- The importance of committing to therapy
- How to prevent as well as cope with panic attacks
- Breathing and relaxation techniques
- Exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle changes that can improve your anxiety
For those looking for a simple breakdown on how to overcome their anxiety, this book is a great place to start.
Are You Ready to Overcome Anxiety?
As you can see, there are many resources out there that can help you overcome anxiety.
All you need to do is jump online, order one of these books, and then get ready for a better life.
Which of these books on anxiety are you most excited to read? Let us know in the comments below!
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