The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook, Fourth Edition
The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook, Fourth Edition

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Since its first edition in 1990, The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook has sold more than 600,000 copies. Its engaging exercises and worksheets have helped millions of readers make real progress in overcoming problems with anxiety and phobic disorders. The Authoritative Guide to Self-Help Resources in Mental Health (Norcross, et al., 2003) gave the book its highest rating and praised it as "a highly regarded and widely known resource." Thousands of mental health and medical professionals recommend this book to their clients and patients every year. Simply put, it is the single finest source of self-help information on its topic available anywhere.

The text of this fourth edition has been fully revised and expanded and includes two new chapters: a discussion of physical conditions that can aggravate anxiety and an overview of the use of mindfulness practice in the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder and some forms of obsessive-compulsive disorder. As in previous editions, the book offers the most up-to-date information on medications, natural supplements, and complementary strategies that can alleviate anxiety symptoms. The sections on relaxation, nutrition, and exercise have all been updated and broadened.

Customer Reviews:

  • The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook
    The service was really good. The book came promptly without any damage. Overall an easy transaction....more info
  • Coping with anxiety
    For anyone with Anxiety problems this is a good reference book, and needs to be consulted regularly. One needs self-discipline to do the exercises, but with perseverence they do work, and the meditation section is excellent. It presents a practical approach to problems many of us have....more info
  • book
    The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook is very helpful so far. only worked on 1st chapter. ...more info
  • Read It!
    This book along with Rising Above Fear: Healing Phobias Panic and Extreme Anxiety are my favorites of the genre. Both stress behavior modification and have useful common sense advice and tips that work. Highly Recommended!...more info
  • Help for Anxiety
    A VERY helpful resource for people with anxiety. Lots of insight, suggestions, and extremely user friendly to the lay person. ...more info
  • Very helpful!
    The workbook is full of helpful informations and exercises which will help you to lessen (or get rid of, if you're persistent enough) your anxieties. I've read couple other similar books and this one is by far one of the best and most helpful ones for sure! ...more info
  • great book
    The book arrived in excellent condition by the scheduled date. Full of good information pertaining to a variety of topics. ...more info
  • very detailed
    This is an actual "workbook". It doesn't just say that you should do certain things to overcome anxiety. It gives specific details about specific techniques you can use. There are pages that you fill out to assess your specific breed of anxiety, and it recommends certain techniques for each type of anxiety. This book is written in a way that the general public can understand. The beginning has an overview of the types of anxiety/phobias. A lot of information is repeated in different sections, but that just helps reinforce the knowledge. This is great in conjunction with Lucinda Bassett's book, From Panic to Power....more info
  • Helpful book!
    I haven't finished this book yet, however, for someone dealing with anxiety issues, there have been helpful tools presented to help cope with and avoid anxiety attacks. I was told that I would think this book was written for me, and in most cases, it was! I have already recommended this book to a friend and I would recommend it to anyone who is dealing with anxiety and related conditions....more info
  • Good Solid Advice
    The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook, Fourth Edition by Edmund J. Bourne is a book that will help you overcome your anxiety disorders and phobias. The book explains the causes and the nature of most anxiety disorders and phobias. Bourne emphasizes the many treatments for these disorders such as biopsychiatry, intense psychotherapy, and spirituality. Even if you are seeing a professional therapist this book can act as an aid. If you suffer from panic attacks and all sorts of fears you should use the self-help exercises provided in this book.

    After you read this book it may be a good time to consider reading my book entitled "The Enlightenment, What God Told Me After One Million Prayers, a Message for Everyone" (See Profile Above) There are lots of way to handle life's many problems.

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  • Pretty good.
    This book is pretty good except he has me doing tons of stuff to get well. Walk an hour a day, eat better, mediatation, autogenics, downtime, massive vacations, and the list goes on. Come on who has the time to do all that and work and raise a family. Who has the money to take long restful vacations. Certainly not me after paying for the doctor and the SSRI. Preacher wants me to read the Bible through every year, husband wants me to work full time, therapist wants me to utilize this book to the max, mother wants me to take her places, and now this author has me doing tons of stuff. So I give it only 3 stars....more info
  • The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook
    Great book to help someone work out his/her less severe "issues"... a nice supplement to a few sessions with a qualified therapist.
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  • The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook
    Good book with lots of information. Plenty of help for those who are serious about making a change....more info
  • Thorough and helpful
    I have found this book very helpful. I was ready to schedule an appointment with a therapist regarding anxiety and claustrophobia when she recommended I buy this book. Since reading it, I have felt better and will hold off on therapy. It presents tools very well, but it is the reader's responsibility to follow through and apply them. I recommend it highly....more info
  • Not Sure
    This sems like it could be a great help for someone suffering with anxiety, however it can also be very overwhelming. It is definately not a quick fix. This is more like a study guide, kinda like taking a class. If you need immediate help, I suggest seeing a professional as apposed to buying this book. If you have plenty of time on your hands and your anxiety os already under control, then this book can be helpful....more info
  • A Life Changer!
    I read this book about 6 years ago and it forever changed my life. I would highly recommend this wonderful book to anyone suffering anxiety or panic. It is a Godsend!...more info
  • Must Read for Anyone With Anxiety
    This workbook is full of insight into what makes you feel anxiety and great ways to take steps to overcoming the fears associated with anxiety. The first book (or workbook) that didn't make me feel like I was crazy and that there are really easy ways to deal with daily anxiety! Your family members will find this enlightening as well, since they generally mis-understand what you are going through....more info
  • Coping with anxiety
    The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund J Bourne is a valuable therapeutic tool for people who are willing to follow its lessons to improve their mood. I bought it for somebody in my family who suffers from anxiety and occasional panic attacks but I have used it for fifteen years with very good results in my clinical work with patients. I strongly recommend this valuable resource for learning skills to overcome the debilitating symptoms of anxiety....more info
  • Easy to understand/ got to the point
    This is a good book for anyone out there with any kind of anxiety issues. Its clean cut and easy to read but not oversimplified. It has some excellent background information about different disorders-which many people with anxiety can relate to-but also more general things. It does not peg people as one thing or another but rather lets you decide for yourself what you need help with. Its cheap-Buy it!...more info
  • Comprehensive Coverage of Anxiety Issues
    This wonderful book covers an enormous amount of information. There isn't just one way to deal with anxiety issues and the author covers so many of them that it would be hard to imagine not finding some that will help. The author obviously has a vast knowledge of the subject matter and presents it clearly. It's called a workbook, and that's definitely fitting, but it could just as easily be called a reference book, or an encyclopedia of anxiety and phobia. I refer to this book often in my own practice, as I would imagine that many in the field do, and I've recommended it to numerous of my own clients, and will continue to.

    Sarah Shikitao-Brown
    Author of Tao Cycle Therapy:
    Natural Happiness via Self Directed Cure for Chronic Anxiety & Depression...more info
  • This is an amazing book!!!
    This is a excellent book for anyone working on overcoming any type of anxity or panic disorders. This was recommended by my therapest. I'v been reading it for a while. Very good information!!...more info
  • The Anxiety & Phobia workbook
    A good workbook to use by youself. Works even better if you have a counselor helping you....more info
  • Very Useful
    This is clear and easy to apply. I encourage all who try it not to be stubborn, just do the exercises. I'm going through it with my teenage daughter and it's making a difference. We're both learning a lot....more info
  • The Anxiety&Phobia Workbook
    Purchased this on a recommendation by a school psychologist and it does help the student put what they are feeling into words. The person can keep track of their progress and have something conrete to refer to....more info
  • good
    I received the product in a timely manner and in good condition. I'm very satisfied with my purchase...more info
  • Very helpful
    The book is proving very useful in reducing my anxiety in certain situations. The breathing exercises and progressive muscle relaxation technique are especially helpful in curbing the anxious and stressful feelings that I have been experiencing every day. I'm grateful to my therapist for recommending this book and I would highly recommend it to anyone in a similar situation....more info
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    The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook, Fourth Edition

    Like me, I have many friends who suffer from anxiety. I bought six copies of this book to give to friends. I even gave one copy to the hospital where I work for their use. It is a simple, easy to read, easy to use book - that will give you the power to take back your life. DON'T BE ASHAMED!!! GET HELP!!! This book can be the start of a new, stress-free life!!!...more info
  • Amazing book with ideas that worked for me
    I bought this book after my therapist recommended it. I cannot put into words how much this has helped. The advice is practical and seemed to be written directly for me. I do not have any phobias so I only use about 1/2 the book... but it is still well worth the money....more info
  • This book is the sh__t !
    This was the 1st self help tome I ever bought-on the recommendation of my shrink.

    I've had it since Nov of 1994 and I still have much to learn, grasshoppers.

    This isn't just some lame, dry, DSM tome.

    I am currently rocking the last part on higher power and having a spiritual connection though I have to go back over and over to other chapters.

    This book covers all of life and as such it is like a lifetime bible of the highest order ! You'll spend the next 50 years getting mileage from this puppy !\

    Bon Appetite'

    Daveed...more info
  • This is why... and this is how.
    I purchased and read these two together, ( Tao Cycle Therapy ) and was very happy with the combination.

    The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook is a good broad reference book full of information that you can pick up any time and flip to a specific section. It reads almost like a textbook which is nice for easily identifying specific areas of interest across a broad spectrum. The other reads more like a short novel almost, it focuses very directly on one specific technique for taking care of this stuff, which was actually really cool. A "friend" suggested that I read both together, and I think that was good advice, and the reason I'm making this comparison. They're totally different styles of book, but both were very helpful in there own way. This one, the workbook educates you and then the other one, gives you a great way to think about and deal with what you learned. I like that it worked out that way because I wouldn't have wanted to miss that effect. So I would recommend either of them by themselves, but the two together ended up being a very good combo.
    nick...more info
  • Best help for panic attacts
    Most effective methods to ease panic/anxiety attacts in easy to understand text. ...more info
  • A great tool.
    Many people that come to see me for therapy have moderate to severe anxiety. It is so nice to be able to be able to tell them to get this book and work through it between sessions. I really find it helps them. Lots of great tips!...more info
  • Good book in general to learn about Anxiety
    Well, I bought this book becaue I was feeling "out of sorts" for a while and thought it was anxiety. The book did a great job breaking down the topic and providing ways to control anxiety etc. It turns out I wasn't suffering from anxiety but low blood sugar. I wish my doctor found that out sooner but I am still glad I bought this book because it did have helpful tips that I can use in general....more info
  • Some really good ideas but a bit incomplete.
    As someone who suffers from social anxiety disorder, I have done extensive research and testing on many different things that claim to "cure" anxiety. Because medication and professional therapy is not an option for me (due to lack of insurance), I decided to try a more natural approach to treatment. I picked up this book recently and although it does have some really good ideas, it's a tad bit incomplete.

    Let's talk about the positives. First, this does act as a workbook which encourages you to partake in the activities and write down your experiences. Second, the writer suggests quite a few different techniques to help treat you. He discusses meditation, positive thinking, breathing techniques, and he even touches on something that I personally believe is the most helpful-exercise and nutrition.

    Furthermore, the author gives specific examples of things to tell yourself if you're experiencing self-doubt. He also describes how to meditate and even what to think about when meditating. If you believe that CBT is right for you, this book does a good job of explaining everything.

    And now for the negatives. I understand this is a book for anxiety and phobias in general but some of these things just didn't/won't work for someone in my situation. Because I experience free floating anxiety a lot, it's hard to "talk yourself out of the situation" when you don't understand why the heck you're experiencing anxiety in the first place.

    Another thing I disliked is that the author suggests that you correct your negative thoughts and instead change them into positive. What the author doesn't discuss is what to do if you don't actually BELIEVE the positive statement you're telling yourself. For example, if I'm in a situation where I feel that everyone is judging me and I become anxious, it doesn't help to tell myself "Oh don't worry about what they're thinking. They're not even looking at you." when there are, in fact, people looking at you. In terms of the whole imagining yourself in an anxious situation and then actually visiting this place, I don't think this would work for people with my disorder because it's all on a case by case basis. Whereas sometimes I'll feel uncomfortable standing in line in a certain grocery store, I'll be fine in other stores. It's not the actual place but the people you're around.

    Although I do think there's a wealth of information on this book, I don't think all of the ideas work for every person with anxiety issues. There are books out there that are more "understanding" than this one so just search for one that is specific to your phobia....more info
  • Good Overview for someone suffering from phobia or anxiety
    The only thing it lacked is specific examples. And some easy remedies. Other than that it is a great book to read! ...more info
  • Relative Information
    I can truely relate to this material. It is very descriptive on ways to initiate self-help. A great tool for people suffering from phobias and anxiety as well as for people who aren't suffering from it but who wish to understand it....more info
  • Excellent service of product as ordered.
    Thanks for the timely receipt of the book ordered. It was exactly as described. THANKS. ...more info
  • big help!
    this book is my life saver! 2 months ago i had my first bad panic attack. recently i was diagnosed with a panic disorder. i never had panic attacks before so i was terrified when they happened. reading this book gave me good information on how to reduce anxiety and control panic attacks. i'm making good progress thanks to this book. i'm glad i decided to give it a try :D...more info
  • Excellent WorkBook!
    We use this workbook in our psychiatry clinic. Patients like it and it's easy to use. Just make sure you're willing to do the work, otherwise you're wasting your money.
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  • A comprehensive overview
    This is a very intense book with a lot of information especially on the typical early history of a person suffering from an anxiety disorder. It comprehensively presents all of the current approaches to treating anxiety. A good detailed overview of anxiety and phobias and their treatment....more info
  • This is your Bible if you have Panic/Anxiety Attacks!
    This is the very best book ever written for those suffering from Panic/Anxiety attacks! I could not face life without it! It covers everything about what panic/anxiety is, to how to deal with it, information to help to heal with meditation, diet, drugs, connecting your with higher power. GREAT, GREAT book! I also know of Panic/Anxiety support groups that use this as "the book" for information....more info
  • Comprehensive
    Excellent...Comprehensive. Every approach worth considering that I know of is covered and many more...and coherently put together, not just a jumble of unrelated techniques. Only reason I haven't given it the full 5 stars is because I haven't been putting it into practice yet, and so can't unequivocably vouch for the results yet....more info
  • Anxiety book very helpful
    The information in this book was useful and easy to understand. I found it quite helpful. ...more info
  • The Anxiety Workbook
    I am finding that this workbook is very helpful and giving me more confidence in myself. Also, I was amazed at the speed that it was delivered to me.This workbook contains many great exercises and pages on which to record your results....more info
  • This is THE ultimate tool to deal with anxiety. Extraordinary, outstanding work.
    Early this year, I developed an Anxiety disorder and I had two full-blown panic attacks. The second one was because I got neglecting my medication; it has been the most terrifying experience of my life. If you had suffer such a thing, I don't need to say that you feel like there is no way out, even if a lot of people that love you and professionals are helping you, like in my case. Then a cousin that has very similar problems recommended me this book, and I found a tool to get a grip on my situation and assume my own responsibility to recover. My therapist, a very professional woman, was amazed with my progress just one week after I began applying what I was reading. This book is concise, clear, complete, respectful, humble, well written and well documented; it is a truly life-changer. I wish I could thank personally to Dr. Bourne for it. If you have problems with Anxiety, please don't despair, buy this book and get it and yourself a chance....more info
  • Comprehensive book and reasonably priced
    Workbook that deals with all aspects of anxiety and phobias. No matter where they start or the reasons behind them, there seems to be no end of information in the book to address it all. Not all info is pertinent to everyone but there is so much info that it is the most comprehensive book I have found. Recommended by a psychologist. ...more info
  • Must-Have for anyone with anxiety
    This workbook is like two years of therapy rolled into a bedtime story. The exercises are especially helpful. ...more info
  • Great Book! Very helpful!
    This book has been very helpful. I still read it on a regular basis to ensure that I'm really utilizing all the techniques. I highly recommend this book. If you suffer from anxiety or panic attacks, this book will help put you in the right direction to coping with it, if you are willing to make some changes. ...more info
  • Helpful Book
    Good information; extensive & clear without being overly technical. Practical tips on coping techniques and skills to practice/disciplines to implement....more info
  • Helpful
    This book has helped me immensely. The relaxation techniques that are provided in this book have really helped. I have recommended this book to some other people who have the same anxiety disorder that I have. It has helped them as well. I'm not going to say this book can cure you but it can defiantely help you think things through and give you ideas on how to deal with anxiety....more info
  • Informative
    Detailed reading for the mental health condition, but understandable. Book is set out in excellent sequence. Detailed information contained....more info
  • Great service
    Super fast delivery. Bought it on Thursday morning had it by Saturday.

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  • Good Book
    It is a helpfull book for someone to read. I give it a thumbs up....more info
  • Over my head
    This was recommended to me by my psychologist so I bought it. It is too technical for a lay person and I got more frustration than use out of it....more info
  • Great resource
    The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook is an awesome resource for dealing with all kinds of anxiety related issues! ...more info


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