August 2009

Aug
2009
Vol. 21. No. 3

BOOK REVIEWS

The Anti-Anxiety Workbook. Proven Strategies to Overcome Worry, Phobias, Panic, and Obsessions

Alan D. Schmetzer, MD

Anxiety disorders are fairly common, and their treatments are far from ideal. Various therapies, namely cognitive- behavioral therapy (CBT) and/or medications, have been the mainstay treatment of anxiety disorders and symptoms. However, the patient’s participation in the treatment process is emerging as an important factor in treatment. Patient participation could include discussing the medication and adhering to it or being an active participant in therapy by, for example completing homework assigned during CBT. Patients also could participate by learning about the nature of the anxiety disorder and available treatments and practicing self-help strategies. These strategies are the subject of numerous self-help books for patients and their families including the latest one, Antony and Norton’s The Anti- Anxiety Workbook.

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