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

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You wish you didn’t spend as much time worrying as you do, but you just can’t seem to help it. Worrying feels like second nature. It’s what helps you solve your problems and prevents you from making mistakes. It’s what motivates you to be prepared—if you didn’t worry, things might get out of hand. Worry protects you, prepares you, and keeps you safe.

Is it working? Or is it making you tense, tired, anxious, uncertain—and more worried?

For more than twenty-five years, Dr. Robert L. Leahy has successfully helped thousands of people defeat the worry that is holding them back. The Worry Cure is his new, comprehensive approach to help you identify, challenge, and overcome all types of worry, using the most recent research and his more than two decades of experience in treating patients.

This empowering seven-step program, including practical, easy-to-follow advice and techniques, will help you:

• Determine your “worry profile” and change your patterns of worry

• Identify productive and unproductive worry

• Take control of time and eliminate the sense of urgency that keeps you anxious

• Focus on new opportunities—not on your fear of failure

• Embrace uncertainty instead of searching for perfect solutions

• Stop the most common safety behaviors that you think make things better—but actually make things worse

Designed to address general worries as well as the unique issues surrounding some of the most common areas of worry—relationships, health, money, work, and the need for approval—The Worry Cure is for everyone, from the chronic worrier to the occasional ruminator. It’s time to stop thinking you’re “just a worrier” who can’t change and start using the groundbreaking methods in The Worry Cure to achieve the healthier, more successful life you deserve.

From the Hardcover edition.

Customer Reviews:

  • Great philosophy. If you 'worry', this will really help.
    There are some simple things in the course of life that change the way you view things. They are often referred to as an 'epiphany'. I would regard this book as providing me with one that will help me for years to come.

    There are parts of this book that are a cure in themselves "Productive versus unproductive worry" for example. Such a concise philosophy, beautiful in its simplicity. This alone makes this book priceless to myself.

    However, the style Mr Leahy writes in, the non-patronising tone, the clarity of thought and logic make this book something profound.

    I am 35 years old and have 'ramped up' my worrying over the last 3 years. This 'habit' began with a very stressful job where I struggled to keep perspective. Worry become the norm. And it is a norm that is destructive, energy sapping and ultimately incredibly dangerous.

    I laughed out loud during the first chapter as I recognized aspects of myself in what he was writing of. It was fantastic to see it in writing and understand that I was not alone. There were numerous times in the introduction alone that I recognized myself.

    Needless to say, he elaborates on his ideas brilliantly. He builds his concepts with honesty and understanding of those he is writing for. Utlimately the effect, in my opinion at least, is profound.

    I would like to thank Dr Leahy for writing this great bit of logic. I feel like a different person and am already catching those 'unproductive thoughts' to tackle at either a better time, or for that matter, not at all.

    Work through this book if 'worry' is your 'worry' (sorry, didn't quite know how to term this differently!). Dwell on the points. Recongnize yourself. Take those nuggets of wisdom and run with them.

    If you are like me, you will not regret it.

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  • Better than Dr. Phil
    Bob Leahy has managed to write something unique and important in his newest book. "The Worry Cure" is grounded in the science of psychology, while written in a breezy style that will be accessible to professional and lay audiences alike. Dr. Leahy's book succeeds in being wise and at times very, very funny. His profile of how to make your worry worse, for example, is based on the most current research findings about worry, but with a presentation that made me laugh out loud at times. Dr. Leahy cuts through the maze of scholarly studies and teaches the public practical strategies for coping with life's difficulties, without the added misery brought on by out-of-control worry. It is rare for a scholar to write so well for the general public; it is even more rare for today's many popular psychologists to ground their work in good science. Bob Leahy does both, and an increasingly worried public will benefit from this very fine work....more info
  • The Worry Cure: A Guide for Living instead of Worrying
    Dr. Robert Leahy's most recent book, The Worry Cure, is not just a timely publication that teaches individuals from all paths of life how to reduce the often crippling effects of pathological anxiety. It is also a well-needed and vital manual for coping with many of the uncertainties that we face in our complex and uncertain lives. Written in a down to earth, practical style, The Worry Cure is based on the very best that cutting edge empirical science has to teach us about the mind-body-spirit connections in the psychology of anxiety. It also teaches the various methods that people can use to place anxiety in the background and bring inner peace and joy to the foreground every day. What is particularly helpful about this publication is that Dr. Leahy not only informs the reader about techniques and skills that can be used to cope with anxiety, but he explains how anxiety works, and how to balance one's life so that anxiety is put into its proper perspective. Not only have I enthusiastically recommended it to all of my clients, but I find myself going back to it time and again for periodic refreshers.

    Dr. Leahy's special gift is that he does not espouse his ideas in a preachy or dogmatic manner. Rather, he has integrated the very best that the cognitive-behavioral therapy revolution has to offer with other psychological theories and understandings that help people to make sense of their suffering in very humanistic and realistic ways. Consequently, he has crafted a manual that is deceptive in its practicality for the average person, yet it is grounded in some of the most reliable and valid findings that psychological science has to offer at this time.

    The Worry Cure is such an easy read, the consumer should be cautioned to slow down and carefully absorb the wisdom in each page, despite being tempted to fly through it from cover to cover like a skier on a powdery downhill slope. It is not a book that is to be read and put back on a shelf or in a library. Instead, The Worry Cure is a book whose ideas must be read, re-read, pondered, savored, carefully digested, absorbed, and applied through daily practice, over and over, in order to make real changes in one's daily life. With that perspective, The Worry Cure is such an important book, it might be considered to be an essential manual for living in modern times from which everyone could profit, whether or not they are suffering from difficulties associated with anxiety.

    Despite its appearance as a popular self-help book, The Worry Cure, is also a comprehensive treatment manual that mental health professionals will find quite helpful to use with their clients. As a core faculty member in the doctoral program in clinical psychology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, we utilize several of Dr. Leahy's scholarly books, including Treatment Plans and Interventions for Depression and Anxiety Disorders, Cognitive Therapy Techniques: A Practitioner's Guide, and Overcoming Resistance in Cognitive Therapy in our practicum seminar courses as an important component in our students' clinical training. I am certain that The Worry Cure will take its rightful place alongside other classic self-help books, as well as treatment manuals that both early-career clinicians and experienced mental health providers will come to rely on in their clinical practice as one of their most valued tools of the trade. It is truly a classic!

    Bruce S. Zahn, Ed.D., ABPP
    Board Certified in Clinical Psychology
    Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Training
    Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Philadelphia, PA
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  • THE CLINICAL PYSCHOLOGIST praises The Worry Cure

    Worry is not only ubiquitous to the anxiety
    disorders, but brief, less severe manifestations
    of this cognitive phenomena are pervasive throughout
    the general population. Who amongst us has not
    worried at one time or another? Moreover the deleterious
    effects of chronic and severe worry are not confined
    to a specific disorder like generalized anxiety
    disorder but instead are a major symptom feature of
    some of the most common mental health problems in
    our society such as major depression, social phobia,
    and substance abuse. In the daily routine of a clinical
    practice, therapists repeatedly face patients who
    feel defeated by a crippling state of worry. And yet,
    it is surprising that worry was practically ignored by
    clinical researchers until the last 10-15 years. Until
    recently the empirical literature had little to offer the
    treatment of worry and even less was available for
    the general public in the form of scientifically based
    self-help books.
    All that has changed with the publication
    of Robert Leahy's book entitled "The Worry Cure".
    Written in a systematic, instructive, and well-illustrated
    manner, Dr. Leahy explains the nature, etiology,
    persistence and treatment of pathological worry
    in a style that is readily comprehensible to the general
    public. Although the book is rooted in a cognitive
    behavioral perspective, it is not dogmatic in its theoretical
    orientation. Findings from mindfulness cognitive
    therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy,
    and emotion-focused therapy are discussed in terms
    of their relevance for the treatment of chronic worry.
    Throughout the book Dr. Leahy remains true to the
    empirical traditional by ensuring that his insights into
    the nature of worry and its alleviation are anchored in
    the latest empirical research on worry. When recommending
    this book for their patients, clinicians can
    be confident that the guidance offered in its pages is
    based on the latest findings in the research literature.
    The chapters are full of rating forms and
    other clinical aids to help individuals implement
    the recommended changes in their thinking and
    behavior. What is particularly innovative in these
    chapters is the focus on generic interventions
    that can be adapted to any type of worry content.
    Chapters 11 through 15 deal with worry associated
    with specific issues such as concern about negative
    evaluation and acceptance of others, abandonment
    and rejection, health, finances and work or achievement.
    These chapters deal with topics so common
    in clinical practice that it is difficult to think of
    patient who would not benefit from reading at least
    selected chapters.
    In many respects the title of this book, The
    Worry Cure, is a little misleading. Although this
    definitely a self-help book on worry, it's contribution
    is so much greater. Even if you did not suffer
    with worry, there is much to be gained by reading
    The Worry Cure. For example the chapter on dealing
    with failure is probably the best clinical advice we
    have seen on the topic. As well the chapter on financial
    worries provides creative insights into a pervasive
    problem in our society that rarely receives
    the attention of clinical writers. In short, The Worry
    Cure is an authoritative, clinically rich, and practical
    handbook for dealing with worry in all of its
    various manifestations. The therapist will find this
    a valuable bibliotherapy tool when treating anxiety
    and depression. It is also an indispensable source
    of psychological knowledge on worry and its treatment
    for all mental health practitioners. It should
    be required reading for any student of psychotherapy.
    If I could choose only 10 clinical texts for my
    library, The Worry Cure would be one of them!.
    The Clinical Psychologist
    Division 12 American Psychological Association
    Fall 2007
    VOL 60 - No 3 - FALL 2007 17
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  • Don't Worry - Buy this book!
    Dr. Robert Leahy has written a book that will be useful to worriers and therapists (even if they are one and the same!). This is a practical, entertaining and no-nonsense guide to taking steps to understand and contend with worry. What is most compelling about it is that it is based on data - the book is stuctured so that the reader can efficiently identify his or her particular types of worry and individualize a plan to take positive action to solve problems. Dr. Leahy is an engaging writer; the examples are clear and helpful. I can't think of any other book that tackles this issue so effectively!...more info
  • The BIBLE of the worrier-99.9% of honest society!!! 20*******'s
    No other book has so radically challenged and CHANGED the way that I have perceived and reacted to situations as Robert Leahy's THE WORRY CURE.It is intensely practical,down-to-earth and so readable that it is not only a continued challenge to me,but a must for daily living.This is not a book that spouts platitudes,but rather a book of such common sense and wisdom that I find myself amazed at the silliness of my own thought processes and the joy of seeing myself undergoing a successful and daily change at the age of 52!This book is the most valuable resource that I have ever come upon in dealing in the realms of cognitive (behaviour-thought changing) therapy.Many of formally accepted and taught coping mechanisms that I had adopted,which never worked,have now been dispelled and new mechanisms to live have been grafted into my daily existence and,believe you me, they have been found positively to be 100% effective.Many people may not feel that they are worriers.I certainly never thought that worry was my root problem.Read this book.You just may find out that worry is that elusive "something" that has unknowingly been plagueing you ,your mind,your body and your soul all these years.I first borrowed this book from the library,but you will want to own your own copy as you will be underlining and highlighting and making many marginal notes and referring again and again to the practical therapeutic suggestions that Leahy postulates....more info
  • Puts things in perspective
    I picked this book up thinking that maybe it would help me since I worry quite a bit. I didn't realize what a big problem worry was causing for me. This book actually opened my eyes to how worry is affecting my whole life and allowing me to stay in a destructive cycle that caused me quite a bit of depression. By reminding myself of the strategies in this book, I am slowly retraining myself. I'm an avid reader of self-help books, but this book helps without you even looking for help. I will use some of these ideas for the rest of my life. Very Helpful!!...more info
  • Unique and useful only if you dare to use it
    Great and useful book overall. It has some interesting and unique perspectives on dealing with the toxic worry (generalized anxiety).

    Dr. Leahy, the worry specialist, who is a well-respected writer of many professional books, fills pages with numerous ways to attack this stubborn anxiety from many disciplines (philosophy, cognitive therapy, behavioral therapy and so on).

    The information is very useful, especially, if you wish to move beyond just "basic" monitoring of your cognitive distortions, and address some "deeper level" issues such as core beliefs about yourself and the world, the meaning of a threat, uncertainty, and rumination.

    As I read this book, I could not help thinking that someone who is chronically anxious for decades, and is seriously bogged down by procrastination and avoidance, will surely have difficulties facing up to own anxiety. The moment one starts, you will be faced with a monster. This anxiety protects itself violently and tries to survive by putting out many obstacles. So, I am saying the next sentence with great caution as I don't want to discourage anyone from this helpful book. However, I got a bit overwhelmed by this book's abundance of material and its deep daring level. If you dare to venture into this on your own, I wish you courage; however, I think this endevour is better suited for someone who has already started dealing with his/her anxieties and has achieved some degree of success, rather than a newbie. Maybe someone who has a support of a therapist and is super-motivated - although I don't know anyone like this. It helps to be very psychologically-minded and curious.

    Having said this, if self-help books is your drug of choice, please know the book's usefulness and its broad scope surpasses many other books on the subject, and could be of immense benefit to a sufferer.

    If like me, you will find it all to be too much, please check out two great primers that are easier to do with "baby steps": Anxiety Workbook by Edmund Bourne, and the second, Mind over Mood, by Podesky. Once the system is in place, everyone would benefit from this book, which has lots to add to move you further to the worry cure (provided it exists:-)

    Finally, what helped me enormously, is finding a true conginitive therapist who is supportive, and consistent. In my case, the constant worrying subsided enormously, in 6 months. This is from someone who tried for years, to do it on my own. Books such as this one, suddenly start making sense only after therapy. The way to find a therapist is through Aaron Beck (father of cognitive therapy) institute in PA.

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  • Excellent Resource
    The information is presented in a concise, understandable manner. I have used with a couple of clients and it has helped educate them about anxiety. It reinforces the information that I give them and reinforces the interventions that they will need to practice to successfully deal with their worry and anxiety. It is a nice adjunct to his larger workbook....more info
  • Worried about whether this book will help? Buy it!
    Dr. Robert Leahy has written a book that will come as welcome tonic to the frazzled nerves of it's readers. This book not only outlines all of the reasons why people do worry, it highlights the methods that most people try to use to get rid of worry (try not to think about it, seek reassurance from others) and shows you how they backfire. This might be enough to warrant buying it, but it also provides a sane, realistic approach to dealing with worry that weaves acceptance with change. This approach is based on cutting edge research and theories that even your therapist may not have heard about.

    For instance, this is also the first book written for the non professional that I have seen that addresses the way that people worry about their worry and includes a clear rationale for why people worry about some things over others based on their history and personality.

    I highly recommend the book to others and I can't think of a better holiday present than the relief my worried friends will feel after they've read this. Enjoy!...more info
  • Cognitive therapy-don't believe the hype
    I actually have been to Robert Leahy's center-the American Center for Cognitive Therapy- a let me tell you that it was the biggest waste of money in my life. Arrogant, simplistic therapist who wouldn't even let you talk. CBT is a breezy, pie in the sky treatment not up to snuff to the challenges of an even unperturbed existence. [...]...more info
  • A very good book
    This book is not one of the "feel good" positive thinking books that have confused many people over the years. Instead, it explains worry from productive and unproductive perspectives. The book is well written and the case studies are fascinating. The author's light heartedness is delightful and enhances the meaningful information he imparts. Dr. Leahy builds on other books I have enjoyed which recognize that negative thinking can be helpful as long as we don't dwell on it. I highly recommend this book and Dr. Rosalene Glickman's classic best-selling book, Optimal Thinking: How to Be Your Best Self and Dr Julie Norem's book, The Positive Power of Negative Thinking. With these three books, you will have the ultimate combination to make the most of life....more info
  • Common thinking distortions as the core of worries!
    Understand and combat your tendency to worry too much with THE WORRY CURE: SEVEN STEPS TO STOP WORRY FROM STOPPING YOU. Everyone worries - but if it seems to be taking over your life and happiness, it's time for THE WORRY CURE, which offers real-world tools to reverse worry and separate unproductive from productive worry. Identify common thinking distortions, focus on the core issue of worries, and understand when it makes sense to worry and when to accept reality with tips from a therapist who has spent the last quarter century helping patients conquer anxiety and depression.

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  • Practical expert advice for overcoming worry and anxiety
    This book will be tremendously helpful for anyone who worries. Robert Leahy has taken the best and most current research on what actually helps people overcome anxiety, and he has turned it into a user friendly guide. His tone is warm, friendly and humorous, but the advice is always practical. As a therapist, I have recommended this book to a number of my patients. I have also made it required reading for the other therapists I supervise. It would be hard to find a better or more up-to-date guide for mastering anxiety and worry....more info
  • From Worrier to Warrior
    This book was extraordinary in my life. But the reason it impacted me was because I did the work to get cured of worry. This book cannot help you if you don't help yourself. The book taught me that worriers like I was often take "comfort" in their worry and that is why it is perpetuated.

    My worry was crippling. The kind of worry where you can't get out of bed in the morning but you haven't slept all night due to worrying.

    What really set this book apart for me (given that I have read numerous de-stress/how not to worry books) is that the tests in the book help you to figure out what is your biggest worry. Now, you may think you know what your big worry is but you don't because you are so clouded by too many worries. When you take the test, you actually find out what the biggest worry is and then you do the work to cure it.

    After 40 years of overwhelming worry, yikes... the cure is finally here for me. Dr. Leahy, wherever you are, I can't say thank you enough.

    But if you don't do the work, you won't get cured. ...more info


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