The Best Books On Overcoming Anxiety

The Books I Picked & Why

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook for Dummies

By Rob Wilson, Rhena Branch

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook for Dummies

Why this book?

If you are suffering from an anxiety disorder, depression, or similar mood disturbance, but don't want to take SSRI drugs and antidepressants, this book is incredibly helpful. It contains various psychological exercises to help you overcome negative thought patterns and behaviour, and shows you how to set goals so that you can move forward to emotional freedom.


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Managing Your Emotions: Instead of Your Emotions Managing You

By Joyce Meyer

Managing Your Emotions: Instead of Your Emotions Managing You

Why this book?

A book full of wisdom. Joyce Meyer tackles a myriad of bad emotions in this book from blinding anger and unforgiveness to mood swings and depression. Her aim is to help the reader attain emotional healing and start to practise emotionally balanced behaviour rather than manic highs, depressive lows and obsessive compulsions.


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Who Switched Off My Brain?: Controlling Toxic Thoughts and Emotions

By Caroline Leaf

Who Switched Off My Brain?: Controlling Toxic Thoughts and Emotions

Why this book?

Caroline Leaf is a brain scientist who has specialized in the science of thoughts for decades. She is also a Christian. In this book, she explains scientifically (though in layman's terms) how our thoughts affect our bodies, and even our genes (epigenetics). She shows how to utilize this knowledge to better our mental and physical health. I really believe this is an important book that should be read by almost everyone at some point in their lives. I see that she has a new book called 101 Ways to Be Less Stressed: Simple Self-Care Strategies to Boost Your Mind, Mood, and Mental Health which may be even more pertinent to the subject, though I haven’t yet read it.


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Changes That Heal: Four Practical Steps to a Happier, Healthier You

By Henry Cloud

Changes That Heal: Four Practical Steps to a Happier, Healthier You

Why this book?

Dr. Henry Cloud, a clinical psychologist and Christian, has identified 4 areas of our lives that can really stunt us emotionally if they are out of balance. These 4 areas are bonding; boundaries; perception of good and bad; and emotional maturity. The book brings insight into these areas, which in turn brings healing. I’ve read this book twice about a decade apart, and both times, it changed my life massively for the better.


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Psycho-Cybernetics

By Maxwell Maltz

Psycho-Cybernetics

Why this book?

Psycho-Cybernetics is one of the original self-help books on which most others are now based. It deals with the self-image and the role that it plays in shaping a person's continued success or failure. The author, Dr. Maxwell Maltz, was a plastic surgeon who became interested in the dramatic personality changes of some of his patients after surgery. For many patients a physical defect (for example flappy ears) had imposed an artificial limit on the person's ability to succeed, and once the cosmetic defect had been rectified, so had the psychological limit been removed. Other patients went right on with the same damaged self-image even after successful surgery. This prompted Dr. Maltz to study this phenomenon and ultimately he changed his career in order to focus on it. This book deals with a lot more than just improving your self-image though. It is jam-packed with invaluable insight into a range of issues, including mental disorders.


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