Anxiety is a common mental health disorder that can lead to feelings of panic, self-doubt, and self-consciousness. It usually starts in childhood or adolescence and persists into adulthood. Anxiety disorders affect about 18% of women and 9% of men at some point during their lifetime. If you suffer from anxiety, you are not alone.
Beating those bad habits will be hard work but it’s worth the effort because research shows that more creative people have less anxiety than average folks do! Here are six self-help books for anxiety:
1. The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression
The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression is a self-help book on depression written by Andrew Solomon and published in 2001. This self-help book received critical acclaim. It won the 2001 National Book Award for Nonfiction, was a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize, and was included in The Times’ list of one hundred best books of the decade.
The self-help book discusses depression, which Solomon defined broadly as “a condition of general emotional distress or apathy in reaction to events that involve significant loss” (not necessarily related to external circumstances), resulting in a diminished interest in the outside world. It also examines how depression can result from physical, emotional, and sexual abuse.
The self-help book intertwines the story of Solomon’s own depression with thorough and comprehensive history and descriptions of mood disorders; accounts of travels to places where people suffer from depression; exploration of culture and gender differences in the experience of different types of depression; personal reflections on depression; and a self-help book for depression by other authors.
2. The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
The self-help book offers twelve practical lessons on how to become happier that are inspired by the twelve months of the self-help author’s yearlong happiness project. The self-help book is based on the self-help writer’s personal experiences and experiments.
3. The Mindful Way Through Anxiety: Break Free from Chronic Worry and Reclaim Your Life
The self-help book proposes a self-help program of cognitive therapy and exercises in self-awareness and self-regulation drawn from meditation and mindfulness techniques. According to the self-help author, these self-help techniques will enable the self-help reader to “see thoughts as mere events in the mind rather than as facts” and thus decrease anxiety.
4. The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook, Fourth Edition: A Step-by-Step Program for Regaining Confidence and Overcoming Fear
The self-help book consists of self-help exercises and self-help techniques. The self-help book instructs the self-help reader to keep a self-help diary; lists self-defeating self-talk and provides strategies for dealing with it; explains self-defeating beliefs about anxiety and suggests self-help strategies for changing them; provides self-help tools to help the self-help reader deal with self-defeating behavior, self-defeating thinking, negative emotions, and unpleasant physical symptoms related to anxiety.
5. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
The self-help book outlines a self-help program for personal change based on seven self-help habits. Self-help strategies presented include “sharpen the saw” (balancing self-development with self-maintenance), “put first things first” (motivation depends on establishing priorities; difficult goals are accomplished with a series of self-help small wins), and “seek first to understand, then to be understood” (effective self-help communication consists of empathic self-help listening and self-actualizing self-talk).
6. Passionate Marriage: Keeping Love and Intimacy Alive in Committed Relationships
The self-help book discusses self-help problems common in committed relationships, self-help myths that can jeopardize self-help relationships, self-help tactics to improve self-help relationships, and self-help possibilities when relationships are in difficulty.
The self-help book is based on self-reports from self-selected participants who were not seeking professional help. The self-help book also draws on self-help research in self-reports, self-reports of experts in self-help groups for self-help problems, and the author’s clinical experience.