By David Berndt, PhD
Genre: Mental Health, Self-help
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 relief for 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.
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.
I have had anxiety problems for as long as I can remember, so I was interested to see if Dr. Berndt would offer anything new or the same old stuff I have been practicing for years to help manage the anxiety monster. I found the book Overcoming Anxiety to be a very easy read, but also jam packed with information and new (to me) techniques to practice. I really liked the 54321 method he discusses. I have used "grounding" techniques that are similar in the past, but I found that using the technique as he describes actually not only stopped my anxiety from climbing, but brought it down a notch or two. Which for me is no easy task.
I really liked that he provided real life examples of how the exercises work and also spent a good bit of time explaining the what your body experiences during anxiety or panic attacks, and why each of the exercises work.
Practicing these new skills is key when you struggle with anxiety. It's hard to remember to breath, let alone breath in a certain way when your mind is racing. I intend to continue practicing the skills I have learned from Overcoming Anxiety so that they will hopefully become more natural and committed to "muscle memory".
I give this book 5 stars for depth of content and ease of understanding. If you find yourself being overwhelmed with worry or panic sometimes, check out Overcoming Anxiety for some ideas on how to help rein in that anxiety monster.
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 TheMultiscore Depression Inventory, and the Multiscore Depression Inventory for Children, both from Western Psychological Services. He also contributes to several psychology websites including www.psychologyknowledge.com.
Praise for Dr. Berndt’s work:
About Overcoming Anxiety
“Dr. Berndt is a creative and forward-thinking psychologist who has contributed to advancing psychology both with his research and clinical practice. He has helped countless patients with their depression and anxiety, and his conversational and accessible style of writing makes Overcoming Anxiety a book you would want for your top shelf.
- Charles Kaiser, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the College of Charleston
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