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What Every Therapist Needs to Know about Anxiety Disorders

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Boot Camp Therapy

As the pragmatics of clinical work today mandate that we incorporate brief therapy skills into our repertoire,Boot Camp Therapy simultaneously respects and challenges our current treatment orientation. This book is bold stuff that will make you uncomfortable—a guiding principle is ‘ready, fire, aim’—but Robert Taibbi immediately tethers readers to a simple, overarching perspective and step-by-step structure for this action-focused therapy. I am so glad I took the time to read this fast-paced book on fast-paced therapy.

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How to Help Your Loved One Recover from Agoraphobia

by Karen P. Williams (Paperback, 207 pages, 1993)  This is the first book to help the sufferer's spouse, parent, child, sibling, or other relative or close friend.  You will learn what agoraphobia is, the best treatments available, how to offer emotional support, and how families can aid agoraphobics by forming a family support team.

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Master Your Panic and Take Back Your Life!: Twelve Treatment Sessions to Overcome High Anxiety

by Denise F. Beckfield, Ph.D. (Paperback, 304 pages, 2nd edition, 1998)  This book features both cognitive-behavioral steps for change and a thorough discussion of the key emotional issues underlying panic. Dr. Beckfield provides step-by-step, easy-to-follow instructions and numerous case examples

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Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Research, Assessment and Intervention

by Wendy K. Silverman & Philip D. A. Treffers, (Editors), (Paperback, 256 pages, 2001)

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Anxiety Rescue: Simple Strategies to Stop Fear from Ruling Your Life

by Kathryn Tristan (paperback, 191 pages). Here is a practical, cleverly written book from one who has recovered.

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The Developmental Psychopathology of Anxiety

by Michael W. Vasey & Mark R. Dadds (Editors), (Hardcover, 510 pages, 2001)

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Anxiety Disorders and Phobias: A Cognitive Perspective

by Aaron T. Beck, M.D., Gary Emery, Ph.D. & Ruth L. Greenberg, Ph.D. (Paperback, 368 pages, 1990)  Here is the first book in the field to present a comprehensive cognitive model for understanding and treating anxiety disorders and phobias. "This important book lays the groundwork for cognitive therapy of phobias and anxiety disorders and offers promise for significant advances in therapeutics".

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Handbook of the Treatment of the Anxiety Disorders

by Carol Lindemann, Ph.D. (Editor),  (Hardcover, 296 pages, 2nd edition, 1996)  My long-time friend Dr. Carol Lindemann has put together a team of experts in cognitive therapy, behaviorism, psychopharmacology, and psychodynamic and group therapy.

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Anxiety and Its Disorders: The Nature and Treatment of Anxiety and Panic (Second Edition)

by David H. Barlow, Ph.D. (Paperback, 704 pages, 2004) 

"Barlow has once again produced a masterpiece. This volume combines comprehensive reviews of theory and research with innovative, clinically meaningful, empirically based models of each anxiety disorder. Like its predecessor, it will serve as the preeminent guide for research and treatment development for years to come. This book should be required reading for clinicians and clinical scientists working with anxiety disorders. Its clearly presented, readable content also makes it a highly appropriate text for advanced undergraduate and graduate-level psychopathology courses." --T. D. Borkovec, PhD, Department of Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University.

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Early Intervention for Trauma and Traumatic Loss

edited by Brett T. Litz, (Hardcover, 338 pages, 2003).

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Treating Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Evidence-Based Strategies, Tools, and Techniques

Jayne Rygh and William Sanderson, (paperback, 210 pages) Guilford, 2004.

Clear, highly organized and step-wise.  Structures are provided for each of the three targeted areas: cognitive, physiological and behavioral. Cognitive gets the most attention, with about 12 different protocols.  For those new to the treatment of GAD, client responses on two forms—the Worry Episode Log and the Rational Response Form—will give you ample material to work with over several sessions.

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Trichotillomania: An ACT-enhanced Behavior Therapy Approach, Therapist Guide

Douglas Woods, Ph.D. & Michael Twohig, Ph.D. (81 pages, paperback), New York: Oxford, 2008.

I promise you, if you are treating trichotillomania, you and your patients will need all the support you can find.  This companion set will serve you well.  

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Current Treatments of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Second Edition

by Michele Tortora Pato & Joseph Zohar (Editors), (Hardcover, 252 pages, 2001)

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Trichotillomania

edited by Dan J. Stein, M.B., Gary A. Christenson, M.D. & Eric Hollander, M.D., (Hardcover, 344 pages, 1999).

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Theory, Research, & Treatment

by Richard P. Swinson, M.D., Martin M. Antony, Ph.D., S. Rachman, Ph.D. & Margaret A. Richter, M.D. (Editors), (Hardcover, 478 pages, 1998)  Contains 18 contributions.  Topics include diagnostic issues, cognitive and behavioral features of the disorder, the seratonin hypothesis, genetics of the disorder, psychosocial treatments, biological treatments, the disorder among children and adolescents, and related disorders.

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OCD in Children and Adolescents: A Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment Manual

by John S. March, M.D. & Karen Mulle, M.S.W. (Hardcover, 298 pages, 1998)  The authors are both at the Program in Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders at Duke University Medical Center, with my friend Dr. March as the Director.  

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Health Anxiety: Hypochondriasis and Related Conditions

by Gordon J. G. Asmundson, Brian J. Cox & Steven Taylor (Editors), (Hardcover, 448 pages, 2001)

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Psychological Treatment of Panic: Treatment Manuals for Practitioners

by David H. Barlow, (Paperback, 230 pages, 1988)

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Textbook of Anxiety Disorders

by Eric Hollander & Dan J. Stein, (Hardcover, 544 pages, 2002)

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Freeing Your Child from Anxiety

Tamar Chansky, Ph.D., (paperback, 308 pages) Broadway Books, 2004.

The subtitle of this book is “powerful, practical strategies to overcome your child’s fears, phobias and worries,” and that is an accurate assessment of this excellent resource.

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Help for Children and Adolescents

by Mitzi Waltz, (Paperback, 384 pages, 2000)

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The Essential Guide to Psychiatric Drugs

by Jack M. Gorman, M.D. (Paperback, 416 pages, 1998)  Informative, accessible, and easy to use, The Essential Guide to Psychiatric Drugs has become a classic indispensable resource for the layperson and professional alike. With detailed descriptions of all the psychiatric medications available today, including their uses, side-effects, cost, dosage, and more, consumers can take an active role in their mental health and know what to expect from specific drugs.

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The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety

John Forsyth, Ph.D. & Georg Eifert, Ph.D. (267 pages, paperback plus CD), Oakland: New Harbinger, 2007.

The brain is built to respond to all threat as a signal, instructing the body-&-mind to “take action now.” After a bit, the body-&-mind memorizes the signal-response pattern, and many of our responses become automatic. The brain is programmed to err on the side of assuming threat instead of assuming safety. This is a good thing for survival. But we end up responding to a lot of false positives. This is unfortunate when our automatic reaction to lots of situations becomes a sense of threat, anxiety, and avoidance. How to change this is very simple; we could send the instructions on a postcard. And when you follow the guidance of this wonderful workbook, by the end you’ll be able to fit the principles that guide you onto the back of a postcard, too.

The challenge, as they say, is in the details: how to change your mind so it lines up with those instructions. Herein lays the gift of The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety. Forsyth and Eifert intend to accomplish this task in a holistic manner. They know it will take persuasion, time, and patience. Influencing your point of view is what they are great at: metaphors, analogies, diagrams, cartoon illustrations, examples, written exercises and homeworks, within 270 workbook-sized pages. The accompanying CD contains 8 audio-guided meditations and the book’s 13 printable exercise forms.

Here’s what this workbook isn’t: a set of skills to practice in order to control anxiety. Instead, this is a framework to orient you toward the rest of your value-filled life. You will be taken on a journey. Go. Because if you win at this task of uncoupling from your anxious reactions to life, it will be because you have altered your consciousness. No small task! It takes a student’s mind and a willingness to be coached. Fortunately, you will find these authors to be trustworthy and competent guides.

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The Procrastinator's Guide to Getting Things Done

by Monica Ramirez Basco, (178 pages, paperback), New York: Guilford Press, 2010.

Do you hold off to the last minute on those less-than-pleasant tasks? Are you typically off by 50% on your that-won’t-take-long-I’ve-got-time estimates? Think you are a capital-P Procrastinator for life? With this guide you’ll get the quick-and-easy shortcuts around all your excuses.

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The Anti-Anxiety Workbook: Proven Strategies to Overcome Worry, Phobias, Panic, and Obsessions

Martin Antony, Ph.D. & Peter Norton, Ph.D. (262 pages, paperback), New York: Guilford.

If you are going to invest your time and energy in a self-help book, you need to be supported by more than just hope. You deserve to trust the authors as experts with combined decades (not years) of experience. You want to feel confident that the strategies are backed by proven science, and applying them will yield the promised results. This workbook delivers on all that.

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Transforming Anxiety, Transcending Shame

by Rex Briggs, MSW  (Paperback, 280 pages, 1999)  Here is my endorsement appearing on the book's cover: "Rex Briggs has written a very important book.  He makes a clear case that anxiety is not to be demonized but to be learned from and used to enhance our humanity.  Transforming Anxiety, Transcending Shame will be rewarding reading for anyone who believes that self-understanding can lead to self-determination.  If you suffer from anxiety, then this book is for you.  In a direct, perceptive way Mr. Briggs prescribes a more powerful approach to healing than any medication or any specialist’s approach. 

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Healing Fear: New Approaches to Overcoming Anxiety

by Edmund J. Bourne, Ph.D. (Hardcover, reprint edition, June 2000)  The author of "The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook" offers proven strategies for battling anxiety, inspired by his struggle with his own obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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Overcoming Anxiety: From Short-Term Fixes to Long-Term Recovery

by Reneau Z. Peurifoy, MA (Paperback, 192 pages, 1997)  Reneau is a long-time professional colleague of mine who has a deep commitment to helping those with anxiety.  Here you will learn about the core causes of anxiety, then study a self-help program that will challenge your negative thinking and help you gain control of your daily activities.  Three case examples will illustrate how to succeed.

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Triumph Over Fear: A Book of Help and Hope for People with Anxiety, Panic Attacks, and Phobias

by Jerilyn Ross, MA (Paperback, 1995)  Jerilyn Ross, a long-time colleague and friend, is President & CEO of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America.  Ross combines her firsthand account of overcoming her own disabling phobia with inspiring case histories of recovery from other forms of anxiety, including panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive behavior, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The book includes the latest research on anxiety disorders in children, plus advice for dealing with family members and employers.

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Trust After Trauma: A Guide to Relationships for Survivors and Those Who Love Them

by Aphrodite Matsakis , Ph.D. (Paperback, 288 pages, 1998)  The author guides survivors through a process of strengthening existing bonds, building new ones, and ending self-perpetuating cycles of withdrawal and isolation.  Step-by-step exercises help readers learn how to make their important relationships a context for healing.

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The Worry Cure: Seven Steps to Stop Worry from Stopping You

Robert L. Leahy, Ph.D. (paperback, 322 pages), Harmony Books, 2006. Dr. Leahy is one of the world’s leading theorists in cognitive therapy, and we are fortunate that he set time aside to apply his principles to worry and the struggles of those diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder.  Within his seven steps are numerous strategies to shine a light on every nook and cranny of the worry process.  Good book.  Read it.  Use it.

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The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook: Proven Techniques for Overcoming Your Fears

by Martin M. Antony, Ph.D. & Richard P. Swinson, M.D., (Paperback, 216 pages,  2000)  This is a just-released step-by-step guide to overcoming fear of social interaction.  It provides a comprehensive overview and includes behavioral skill-building exercises that have been proven effective in most cases.

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Social Phobia: From Shyness to Stage Fright

by John R. Marshall, MD  (Paperback, 240 pages, 1995)  Long neglected by psychologists, social phobia has now been dubbed the "disorder of the decade". This important book, with its moving case histories, proves that this cruel condition need not doom a person to a life sentence of loneliness and despair.

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The Hidden Face of Shyness: Understanding & Overcoming Social Anxiety

by Franklin Schneier, M.D. & Lawrence Welkowitz, Ph.D. (Paperback, 271 pages, 1996)  This illuminating book sheds light on all forms of social and performance anxiety. Using dozens of vivid case studies, the authors discuss the sources of anxiety, both common and rare variants, and describe treatment, from state-of-the-art medication to psychotherapy to methods readers can do themselves.

Dying of Embarrassment: Help for Social Anxiety & Phobia

by Barbara G. Markway, Ph.D., Cheryl N. Carmin, Ph.D., C. Alec Pollard, Ph.D., & Teresa Flynn, Ph.D.  (Paperback, 199 pages, 1995)  Dr. Pollard is a long-time colleague and friend.  The entire team of writers have great expertise in these subject.  This book provides clear and supportive instruction for assessing your fears, practicing relaxation and deep breathing, and improving or developing new social skills.  Get this book for a step-by-step program to handle your anxieties.

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Trichotillomania: An ACT-enhanced Behavior Therapy Approach, Workbook

Douglas Woods, Ph.D. & Michael Twohig, Ph.D. (81 pages, paperback), New York: Oxford, 2008.

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The Broken Mirror: Understanding and Treating Body Dysmorphic Disorder

by Katharine A. Phillips M.D. (Paperback, 357 pages, 1998)  In The Broken Mirror, Dr. Katharine Phillips draws on years of clinical practice and detailed interviews with over 200 patients to bring readers the first book on body dysmorphic disorder, or BDD, in which sufferers are obsessed by perceived flaws in their appearance. BDD may afflict as much as two percent of the population, or nearly five million people. Many sufferers are able to function well in society, but remain secretly obsessed by perceived flaws in their appearance (like their "hideous acne" or "horrible nose"). 

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When Once Is Not Enough: Help for Obsessive-Compulsives

by Gail Steketee, Ph.D. & Kerrin White, M.D.  (Paperback, 229 pages, 1990)  Dr. Steketee is a professional friend for whom I have great respect as a clinician and researcher.  Dr. White directs McLean Hospital's OCD Treatment Center, one of the best in the country.  Together they have designed a self-help book that will show you how to confront your fears and block rituals with a series of coping strategies.

Talking Back to OCD: The Program That Helps Kids and Teens Say "No Way" -- and Parents Say "Way to Go"

by John S. March, M.D. (Paperback, 276 pages, 2006) There’s good news about recovery from childhood OCD, and it’s called Talking Back to OCD. Dr. March explains with clarity and compassion what parents deserve to hear: They can make a difference in their children’s lives. A highly respected, innovative clinical researcher, he describes each component of recovery in ways that both parents and children will understand and appreciate.

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Playing with Anxiety: Casey's Guide for Teens and Kids

Anxiety has the power to stop kids in their tracks, preventing them from exploring and growing into independent teens and young adults. Casey, the fourteen year old narrator of Playing with Anxiety, knows all too well how worry can interrupt fun, ruin school, and take control of a family. In this companion book to Reid Wilson and Lynn Lyons’ parenting book, Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous & Independent Children (HCI Books, 2013), Casey shares her own experiences and those of her friends to teach kids and teens the strategies to handle the normal worries of growing as well as the more powerful tricks of anxiety. With pluck and humor, Casey tells stories, offers exercises, and describes her “solving the puzzle” approach that kids and their parents can use to address all types of worries and fears. 

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An End to Panic: Breakthrough Techniques for Overcoming Panic Disorder

by Elke Zuercher-White, Ph.D.  (Paperback, 208 pages, 2nd edition 1998)  This step-by-step guide to recovery from anxiety and panic disorder--the number-one mental health problem in America--offers state-of-the-art treatment methods that have helped thousands, plus simple, straightforward, and reassuring techniques that help guard against relapse.

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Panic Attacks Workbook: A Guided Program for Beating the Panic Trick

By David Carbonell, Ph.D. (Paperback, 240pages, 2004)  The panic trick is highly effective and has drawn millions of people into panic attacks and phobias. But you can outsmart and beat this trick. Panic Attacks Workbook shows you how, with a step-by-step guide from panic to recovery. The proven methods in this book show how to identify the panic trick and empower you with the tools to address your fears and solve this debilitating problem.

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Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents

by John S. March, MD (Editor),  (Hardcover, 448 pages, 1995)  A comprehensive resource for researchers and clinicians, presenting theory, assessment, disorders, and treatment approaches. Includes numerous case examples.

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Treating Stress and Anxiety: A Practitioner's Guide to Evidence-Based Approaches

Lillian Nejad, Ph.D. & Katerina Volny, BSc (188 pages, paperback), New York: Crown, 2008.

In this straight-forward, well-organized handbook, health professionals can have confidence that the techniques suggested are well-supported by clinical research. The book structures topics so that you can rapidly organize treatment interventions and support them by ready-made handouts and worksheets. A great teaching tool for the new clinician in this field and an efficient time-saver for the seasoned anxiety specialist. Bonus: An included CD provides reproducible handouts and worksheets for clients and relaxation tracks.

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Anxiety Disorders in Adults: An Evidence-Based Approach to Psychological Treatment

by Peter D. McLean & Sheila R. Woody, (Hardcover, 369 pages, 2001)

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The Prevention of Anxiety and Depression

by Robert L. Leahy and Stephen J. Holland (Paperback, 332 pages, 2000).

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Treatment Plans and Interventions for Depression and Anxiety Disorders

by Robert L. Leahy and Stephen J. Holland (Paperback, 332 pages, 2000).

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Cognitive Therapy of Anxiety Disorders: Science & Practice

by David A. Clark, Ph.D. & Aaron T. Beck, M.D., (628 pages, hardback), New York: Guilford Press, 2010. 

Aaron Beck is considered the father of cognitive therapy. I had the honor of having him serve as my dissertation external advisor way back in 1978. I have considered myself a cognitive therapist since that time.  David A. Clark has done an outstanding job (I believe he called it “painstaking”) over the past four years of reviewing, evaluating and synthesizing the enormous research and clinical literature on the cognitive perspective toward anxiety. Beck published his first book on the cognitive treatment model for the anxiety disorders in 1985.  This new book updates and refines Anxiety Disorders and Phobias: A Cognitive Perspective based on two decades of further research. The great news for practitioners is just how useful this book is.  Don’t be scared off by the “science” in the subtitle; there is no question that this is a practical treatment manual.  In fact, the last five chapters are really mini treatment manuals for panic disorder, social phobia, GAD, OCD, and PTSD.  Plus you’ll find rating scales, checklists, structured diaries—almost forty reproducible handouts and forms. In every chapter you will find "Clinician Guidelines." Each is a boxed-in few sentences that reinforce key points. They serve as a great way for experienced clinicians to scan through sections of this sizable book and settle in on passages that expand their comprehension.  If you are ready to sharpen your clinical skills, you will truly appreciate this book.

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Traumatic Stress: The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body, and Society

by Bessel A. Vander Kolk, M.D., Alexander C. McFarlane, M.D. & Lars Weisaeth, M.D., Ph.D. (Editors), (Hardcover, 596 pages, 1996)  Featuring contributions from the world's leading experts, this integrated work summarizes the current state of our knowledge about the ways people deal with extreme stress, and the ways in which professionals can help them recover.

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Phobias: A Handbook of Theory, Research and Treatment

by Graham C. L. Davey, (Paperback, 470 pages, 2000)

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Shy Children, Phobic Adults: Nature and Treatment of Social Phobia

by Deborah C. Beidel, Ph.D. & Samuel M. Turner, Ph.D. (Hardcover, 324 pages, 1997)  The authors are long-time contributors to the field of anxiety disorders and currently are on faculty at the renowned Medical University of South Carolina. The book presents recent advances in the understanding of social phobia. It isolates the controversies that have yet to be resolved and provides a clear description of effective treatments now available.

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Tic Disorders, Trichotillomania, and Other Repetitive Behavior Disorders: Behavioral Approaches to Analysis and Treatment

edited by Douglas W. Woods and Raymond G. Miltenberger, (Hardcover, 319 pages, 2001).  This is a detailed, edited book, built around the well-tested habit reversal procedure. You will learn a comprehensive protocol for each of the disorders, with session-by-session interventions to orient you.

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Biobehavioral Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders: Biobehavioral Treatment and Management

by Jose A. Yaryura-Tobias, M.D. &  Fugen Neziroglu, Ph.D. (Hardcover, 237 pages, 1997)  An integrative, research-based approach to treating OCD. With a focus on the practical, this book integrates behavioral and pharmacological approaches to OCD and related disorders, such as hypochondriasis, eating disorders, and compulsive self-harm. It covers behavioral, cognitive, biological, and pharmacological treatments

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Tic Disorders, Trichotillomania, and Other Repetitive Behavior Disorders: Behavioral Approaches to Analysis and Treatment

edited by Douglas W. Woods and Raymond G. Miltenberger, (Hardcover, 319 pages, 2001).

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Spectrum: Pathogenesis, Diagnosis, and Treatment

by Jose A. Yaryura-Tobias, M.D. & Fugen A. Neziroglu, Ph.D.  (Hardcover, 1997)  Here is a comprehensive review of all the OCD spectrum disorders, their distinct features and the therapeutic methods to bring them under control.

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Treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

by Gail S. Steketee, Ph.D. (Paperback,  224 pages, 1996)  My colleague Dr. Gail Steketee has written this practitioner's manual for treating OCD.  An invaluable guide for planning and conducting a complete behavioral treatment program.

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Anxiety and Its Disorders: The Nature and Treatment of Anxiety and Panic

by David H. Barlow, (Hardcover, 704 pages, 2002)

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Panic Disorder: A Critical Analysis

by Richard J. McNally, (Hardcover, 276 pages, 1994)

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Phobic Disorders and Panic in Adults: A Guide to Assessment and Treatment

by Martin M. Antony & Richard P. Swinson, (Hardcover, 422 pages, 2000)

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Rebuilding Attachments with Traumatized Children

by Richard Kagan, Ph.D.,  (Paperback, 374 pages, 2004)

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Your Anxious Child: How Parents and Teachers Can Relieve Anxiety in Children

by John S. Dacey & Lisa B. Fiore, (Paperback, 256 pages, 2001)

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Mindful Solutions for Stress, Anxiety and Depression

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. (68-minute CD, 2007)
 
This CD introduces the listener, in three tracks lasting 28 minutes, to the concept of mindfulness and its benefits for anxiety as well as depression. Then three tracks of guided meditations, of progressing lengths (5 minutes, 17 minutes, 25 minutes), offer different ways to quiet the mind and body, and are there for your repeatedly use. This is a soothing, well-grounded introduction to and demonstration of mindfulness meditation. 

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Extinguishing Anxiety: Whole Brain Strategies to Relieve Fear and Stress

by Catherine M. Pittman and Elizabeth Karle, (248 pages, paperback), South Bend, IN: Foliadeux Press, 2009.

This is a casually written and quite readable self-help book that gives the simple neurological underpinnings of anxiety and the fear response.  Most of it revolves around the amygdala, the body’s alarm system: understanding its processes and getting out of its way so it can learn what is truly dangerous and what is no longer a threat

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The 10 Best-ever Anxiety Management Techniques

by Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D. (paperback, 224 pages, 2008)When you suffer from continued anxiety and worry, you feel as though there is something basically wrong with the biochemistry of your brain. Not true. Your brain is the world’s most brilliantly complex machine, and it functions impeccably. The problem is that it can learn in a heartbeat how to protect you from threat; but once it learns, it doesn’t unlearn easily. If you struggle with panic disorder, generalized anxiety or social anxiety, in this book you will find a solid combination to unlock this learning process within the brain, and the good news is: your brain will be an excellent student. Dr. Wehrenberg has done the work to create the right learning environment and to organize your needed tools. If you follow her lead, your body and mind will thank you with the peace and quiet you deserve.

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The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook

by Martha Davis, Ph.D., Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman, Ph.D. & Matthew McKay, Ph.D. (Paperback, 276 pages, 5th edition, 2000)
The bible on stress reduction marks its 20th anniversary with this revised and expanded edition featuring a reader-friendly format with additional techniques, diagrams, examples, and information reflecting the latest research. The chapters on meditation, thought stopping, and coping-skills training have been substantially reworked, and a new chapter on worry control has been added.

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The Anxiety Cure: An Eight-Step Program for Getting Well

by Robert L. Dupont, M.D., Elizabeth Dupont Spencer, M.S.W. & Caroline M. Dupont, M.D. (Paperback, 256 pages, 1998)
Dr. Bob Dupont is a long-time friend of mine and founding president of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America.  Help from a top author team for the estimated 27 million Americans with anxiety disorders.  This books provides a practical guide featuring a step-by-step, eight-point program for curing the six kinds of anxiety

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Finding Serenity in the Age of Anxiety

by Robert Gerzon (Paperback, 337 pages, 1998)
In this groundbreaking book, my colleague Robert Gerzon approaches the age-old problems of anxiety, stress, and fear from a new perspective, one that leads to personal and spiritual growth. He dispels the myth that all anxiety is bad and shows that it is a natural--even sacred--part of life. Gerzon brings the surprising message that "learning how to be anxious about the right things in the right way" may actually be our most direct route to serenity. 

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Anxiety and Phobia Workbook

A revision of the best-selling classic, this book provides step-by-step help for sufferers of anxiety and phobic disorders. It offers the latest treatment strategies for the whole range of these problems-panic disorder, agoraphobia, generalized anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder-with revisions that include updated information on medications, mindfulness training, and health-related conditions that aggravate anxiety.

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Beginning to Heal: A First Book for Men and Women Who Were Sexually Abused as Children

by Ellen Bass & Laura Davis, (Paperback, 112 pages, 2003)

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The Worry Control Workbook

by Mary Ellen Copeland, (Paperback, 208 pages, 1998).

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Shyness: A Bold New Approach

Bernardo Carducci, Ph.D. (384 pages, paperback), New York: Quill, 2002.

Shyness is a common human experience, not a disorder, frailty or character flaw. In fact, 20 percent of Rhesus monkeys (whose brain structures are closest to human) are behaviorally inhibited (shy), both in captivity and in the wild. The trait is so genetically predetermined that we can breed shy monkeys. And if we give those infants to a dominant mother, she will nurture them right out of their inhibitions so that a few years later they act just like the average adolescent. Conclusion: you can be shy and still perform successfully out there in the world. Dr. Carducci honors and respects those with shy traits and simultaneously shares the key moves to strengthen self-acceptance and build social skills. He exquisitely recognizes the narcissistic paradox: when you become preoccupied with critically observing your own behavior, you become more anxious, and then tend to botch the social encounter. He teaches the reader, among other things, how to transfer attention off the self and toward the other, thus giving a more realistic sense of the social encounter.

This is a wonderful guide that tracks and assists through all stages of the lifecycle, from pre-school through adulthood, and steers among the major settings of life, from intimacy to the workplace.

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Overcoming Shyness and Social Phobia: A Step-By-Step Guide

by Ronald M. Rapee (Paperback, 120 pages, 1998)  Considering that social anxiety disorder is the third most common mental health disorder (after depression and alcoholism), Dr. Rapee's book is a must for every clinician's library as well as an invaluable resource for those suffering from social anxieties.  Readers can work systematically through the nine lessons to conquer social fears on their own or they can use the book in conjunction with ongoing therapy.

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In the SpotLight: Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking and Performing

by Janet Esposito, MSW. (Paperback, 176 pages, 2000)  Janet Esposito really demonstrates her expertise in the area of overcoming performance anxiety in her book, In The SpotLight.  The reader immediately becomes aware that Janet “gets it” on a personal level, having suffered the problem herself at one time.

Beyond Shyness: How to Conquer Social Anxieties

by Jonathan Berent, ACSW with Amy Lemley  (Paperback, 1994)  A leading psychotherapist explains how to conquer the entire range of social anxieties, and demonstrates how anyone of any age can set specific goals that work toward the development of lasting self-esteem -- the core of healthy social interaction.

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Getting Over OCD: A 10-Step Workbook for Taking Back Your Life

by Jonathan Abramowitz, Ph.D., (262 0pages, paperback), New York: Guilford, 2009

OCD can make you feel alone, misunderstood, and trapped. With Getting Over OCD, all that will change.  Dr. Abramowitz, a world-renowned expert, coaches you through a program that can free you from your struggle with obsessions and compulsions.  He doesn’t soft-pedal the work required—you’re up against a powerful challenger.  But his warm and reassuring voice, coupled with a comprehensive, scientifically proven, step-by-step format, will keep you supported and motivated.

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What to Do When your Child has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Strategies and Solutions

by Aureen Pinto Wagner, PhD., (Paperback, 444 pages, 2002)

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The OCD Workbook: Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

by Bruce M. Hyman Ph.D., Cherry Pedrick R.N. (Paperback, 237 pages, 2005)  Research has established that a combination of medication and cognitive-behavioral therapy is the optimal treatment for OCD. My friend Dr. Bruce Hyman and his colleague Cherry Pedrick have created an intensive, self-directed program that teaches a person with OCD how to block or postpone rituals, reduce fears, and change unhealthy thought patterns. Included are self-assessments, ways to enlist the help of family and friends, and approaches to overcoming specific disorders

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The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing: The Experience and Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

by Judith L. Rapoport, M.D.  (Paperback, 304 pages, 1997)  Up to six million Americans are afflicted with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), a serious, emotionally crippling disease. Cleaning, counting, washing, checking, avoiding--these are just some of the rituals that sufferers are powerless to stop. Now an expert on OCD reveals breakthroughs in diagnosis, successful new behavior therapies, drug treatments, and more. HC: Plume.

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