Anxiety and Avoidance: A Universal Treatment for Anxiety, Panic, and Fear
Publication Date: 09/01/2013
Format: Paperback (also available in Kindle reader)
Publsher: New Harbinger Publications
Description: Do you suffer from panic, anxiety, and fear in your day-to-day life? Do you often avoid social situations, activities like driving, or even going to the store because of a fear of being overwhelmed or triggering a panic attack? You might be interested to know that anxiety disorders are the most common mental health disorders in the United States.
In Anxiety and Avoidance, psychologist and anxiety disorder expert Michael Tompkins presents a universal protocol to help you cope with anxiety, panic, and fear, regardless of your particular mental health diagnosis. This universal protocol is based on David H. Barlow's "unified protocol," and is a cognitive behavioral approach. Tompkins also draws on mindfulness-based therapies such as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) that have been used successfully in the treatment of anxiety disorders for years.
The book includes present-moment awareness (mindfulness) techniques, motivational tools for overcoming experiential avoidance, and cognitive tools for reframing anxiety and fear. In addition, you will learn how to use your personal values as a vehicle for lasting change. While most anxiety treatments have focused on symptom reduction, this book teaches you the skills needed to better handle the underlying emotional reactions that lead to anxiety and panic in the first place.
If you are ready to stop avoiding situations that cause you to panic and get back to living a full life, this book is a powerful resource that can help you make a lasting change using an innovative, transdiagnostic approach.
Book Review: "In this user-friendly book, Tompkins helps the reader use scientifically proven strategies to overcome problems with anxiety. Readers will learn about how anxiety problems function, how to select appropriate treatment targets, and how to implement cognitive-behavioral strategies—the most effective interventions for getting out of the anxiety cycle. Complete with lots of worksheets and illustrative examples from beginning to end, this book is a must for sufferers and therapists alike."
—Jonathan S. Abramowitz, PhD, professor and associate chair of psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill