10 Best Books for Anxiety

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Anxiety is one of the most common forms of mental illness that afflicts people. This illness comes in many forms and manifests itself in different ways per individual. There are many different types of anxiety disorders that range from generalized to panic and even specific phobias.

Anyone who lives with anxiety knows that can directly impact your quality of life. However, all forms of anxiety are treatable. Since there is a variety of protocols depending on the severity of the anxiety disorder, there really is no one uniform treatment.

If you want to get a hold of your anxiety disorder, you need a team to help you learn how to manage your symptoms. Nonetheless, self-help books about anxiety can help you learn about different techniques you can try to tackle your symptoms from a different perspective.

The Best Books For Anxiety

Looking for the best books for anxiety can be stressful, especially if you find a lot of contradictory advice. Here you will find the best top 10 anxiety books that you can choose from to help you get a handle on your symptoms and take your life into your own hands.

Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy

Psychiatrist David D. Burns, M. D., had developed a remarkable book that uses scientifically proven methods that can immediately render results in your life. Burns has learned through experience that sufferers of anxiety need tips to help them control their minds. You will be able to develop a more positive outlook that can help you overcome common symptoms such as guilt, negativity, and low self-esteem. The tools you will learn from this book are valuable assets for leading a productive life. When looking for answers on anxiety, this book will answer many of your questions and help you on the road to self-recovery.

10% Happier Revised Edition: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story

For those who suffer from the embarrassment that comes with having panic attacks publicly and want to take back control of their lives, this book by Dan Harris is what you want. This book helps bring to light the personal journey Harris took in trying to control his disorder and get a handle on his mental health through the art of meditation and how it can impact your life in a positive and harmonious way. Meditation has been a tool used for centuries to help combat common mental illnesses, even before they had a name. Learn how to use those same tools and control your own life with proven techniques to help calm a turbulent mind.

Don’t Feed the Monkey Mind: How to Stop the Cycle of Anxiety, Fear, and Worry

Sometimes the tools you have to control anxiety can make it worse for you.You can develop panic attacks and social anxiety when you try too hard. If you are trying to control worry, fear, and anxiety, sometimes the efforts you take to regain control is just as stressful as the issue itself. This guide uses cognitive-behavioral therapy to help you recognize and in turn, control the voice of anxiety within you. This self-help book is designed to help you harness powerful strategies that can tame the “monkey mind” within you that is jumping from tree to tree and restless. Jennifer Shannon, LMFT, uses plain language and experience to help you turn your energy back into living a full life rather than expending energy on fear and worry that always seem to hijack your mental faculties and take their toll on your mental health.

Be Calm: Proven Techniques to Stop Anxiety Now

You know the nasty symptoms of anxiety and mental health issues can strike at any given time or place. Through “Be Calm” Jill Weber, Ph.D., helps you to target the symptoms of anxiety wherever they may strike you and use cutting-edge strategies to help you reduce those symptoms immediately and on the spot. Through the strategies Weber introduces you to, you can learn to take back control and start leading a more productive life.  This anxiety book helps you develop stress management techniques and skills to help you reign in the symptoms of stress, anxiety, and fear through a variety of circumstances and triggers.

The Stress-Proof Brain: Master Your Emotional Response to Stress Using Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity

Melanie Greenberg, Ph.D., has developed a science-based approach coupled with ancient-mind-calming strategies to help you learn how your body reacts to stress and how to control those reactions. The evidence in this book is both empirical and theoretical but it uses logical results in overcoming anxiety and stress in your everyday life. Each chapter contains easy to follow triggers, techniques, and strategies that you can use to help calm your mind so that you don’t have to be overcome by anxiety or stress anymore. You are the one in charge of your brain, and you can learn how to prevent it from overcoming you.

The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook (A New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook)

Learning how to relax and reduce stress in this day and age seems insurmountable. This book is easy to follow a step-by-step process to help calm your body and mind in a world full of stimulation that can overwhelm you. You will learn the latest stress reduction techniques to help combat the negative effects of stress and to learn about healthy relaxation techniques that you can implement into your everyday life. The down to earth strategies taught in this book is easy to follow and help you to live a better life with anxiety and stress without letting them take complete control.

When Panic Attacks: The New, Drug-Free Anxiety Therapy That Can Change Your Life

Through this book written by David D. Burns M. D., you can learn where worry and anxiety come from by learning how to recognize distortions in your life. Fear inflicts us all and most times it is not even founded in reality. This book helps you to recognize the lies that inflict your life and manifest as anxiety, stress, and fear. You can learn to take those recognitions and develop techniques to cope with thoughts that take over your mind so that you can lead a more productive life free of anxiety.

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things

Life can be difficult to live when you suffer from depression, anxiety, and severe stress. However, learning techniques to handle these situations may not be as effective as those who have actually used these methods in their daily lives. This book is a memoir written by Jenny Lawson on how inflicted her life was with tragedy and severe depression, among other conditions. She examines her own life and experiences to bring you a path that led her to live her life fully and completely free from these disorders. It is a raw look into the life of one person who overcame her emotional instability, and through her life tale, you can learn how to take control of your own life using practical and tried methods that gave Lawson her life back.

Unfuck Your Brain: Getting Over Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Freak-Outs, and Triggers with science

Every once in a while, your brain can turn against you and cause you to have melt-downs, feel sad, or shut down at the worst possible moments. Your brain knows that these things aren’t good things, but you just can’t help it. Through this book you can learn what is going on inside your brain and how to retrain it so that you can respond effectively to everyday emergencies. Using humor, wit and a bit of profanity, this book will help you develop the skills you need to take control of your brain instead of letting it control you. When it comes to depression books, this one is the one you want.

The Mindfulness Workbook for Anxiety: The 8-Week Solution to Help You Manage Anxiety, Worry & Stress

Research has proven that the practice of mindfulness is an effective way to help reduce anxiety and find relief from its debilitating effects. This workbook is designed to help you learn how to manage anxiety and stress through the art of mindfulness. You will learn how to harness mindfulness from the very basics to the more advanced practices in a way that will provide you both effective and lasting results. Learn how this ancient practice may be all you need to combat your mental illness. Each week in this self-help book takes you through new mindful tips that will lead you to better control over your thoughts and emotions. For self-help books, this one is excellent for tackling anxiety where it begins.

Final Thoughts

Learning how to harness your inward power to combat anxiety is powerful for those who suffer daily from the debilitating effects that anxiety brings. Did you enjoy this list of anxiety books? Each of the books on anxiety can be used as a powerful and effective way that you can fight back against the mental disorder that afflicts almost 18% of the population. 

Regain control of your life by reading any of these books and utilizing the methods they teach you to help you combat the symptoms of your issues. You may not be able to do it all yourself, but with the help of a team and some self-taught methods, you can live a productive life without having to continuously suffer the debilitating effects of your mental health issues. 

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