The good news is that anxiety can be overcome without relying on medication. Psychologist David Berndt, Ph.D., in Overcoming Anxiety outlines several self-help methods for management of anxiety and worry. In clear simple language and a conversational style, Dr. Berndt shares with the reader powerful step by step proven techniques for anxiety management.
You will learn:
- A Self-hypnosis grounding technique in the Ericksonian tradition.
- Box Breathing, Seven Eleven and similar breathing techniques for anxiety relief.
- How to stop or interrupt toxic thoughts that keep you locked in anxiety.
- How to harness and utilize your worries, so they work for you.
- Relief from anxiety through desensitization and exposure therapy.
The book was designed to be used alone as self-help or in conjunction with professional treatment Dr. Berndt draws upon his experience as a clinician and academic researcher to give accessible help to the reader who wants to understand and manage their anxiety.
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Not only does this book offer different techniques to cope with anxiety but it also explains how to figure out what is causing the anxiety so that you can deal with it one worry at a time.
I can see how one of the techniques, the 54321 method, would be helpful. It refocuses your attention so you can use it any time you’re feeling anxious, even in a room full of people. I prefer self hypnosis, which is also explained. I haven’t practiced it in a long time but plan on starting again after reading Overcoming Anxiety. It can have amazing calming qualities. In fact, when my roommate and I started doing self hypmosis years ago, everyone thought we were on drugs because we were both so calm at work!
If you’re looking for some help coping with anxiety or excessive worrying, this is a good resource that is easy to understand with techniques that are explained well.
About the Author
David J. Berndt, Ph.D. was an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago where he published or presented over 80 papers and articles before establishing a private practice. Dr. Berndt currently lives in Charleston, S.C. where he also teaches in an adjunct capacity at the College of Charleston. He is best known for his psychological tests The Multiscore Depression Inventory, and the Multiscore Depression Inventory for Children, both from Western Psychological Services.
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