The Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens

The Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens

CBT Skills to Overcome Fear, Worry, & Panic

Book - 2015
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"For teens, feeling independent is critical for building self-confidence. But for anxious teens, fears, worries, and rumination can stand in the way of achieving the developmental milestones that lead to independence--such as socializing, dating, academic success, or taking on more mature responsibilities. Based in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), The Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens is an engaging, illustrated resource to help teens skillfully work through situations that cause anxiety so they can focus on their goals. By identifying their "monkey mind"--the part of their brain where anxious thoughts arise--teens will start to feel more independent, more confident, and ready to take on the world"--
Publisher: Oakland, California : Instant Help Books, an imprint of New Harbinger Publications, Inc., ©2015.
ISBN: 9781626252431
Characteristics: viii, 235 pages :,illustrations ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Shannon, Doug - Editor


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Dec 21, 2017

This is one the best basic CBT guides I've seen. It doesn't waste time trying to sell you the book or a "new, revolutionary" method like many self-help books. This one is just a simple and straightforward guide to how to use CBT/exposure therapy to gradually gain control over and/or learn to accept your anxieties. There are separate chapters for different kinds of anxiety too, but the book isn't too long to read entirely.
I think a couple techniques recommended in the later chapters might be harmful though--focusing on your worst-case scenario every day or scheduling worry time might just encourage anxious thought patterns--that time might be better spent doing some of the earlier exercises like learning alternative thoughts or doing breathing/mindfulness exercises or writing down what you can do about fixable worries.
Useful worksheets are available for free on the publisher's website.

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