Originally Posted by xxguitarplayinxx
Jessie, would you mind sharing some links or book titles that you came across?
Sure, I can share some book titles. Some aren't even related to SA but it helps reduce anxiety. I've got like a self-help section on my shelf lol
Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David D. Burns
It was more for the depression that comes with the anxiety. I am not suffering from that depression anymore. I had it confirmed by a therapist a couple years ago
I am still unhappy but it doesn't last as long as before.
Ten Days To Self-Esteem by David D. Burns
This book I found easier to follow for identifying my negative thoughts and tackling them a little bit at a time. It has a lot of awesome charts to fill out to track your progress. In the book it states its for ten weeks though lol
When Panic Attacks by David D. Burns
I just read this to see what it information it had about anxiety. I didn't really find many new helpful techniques that I already were using but it was insightful nonetheless.
Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness by Gillian Butler
This is the book that helped me understand my anxiety a little better and how to go about treating it. It was a baseline for my self-help, however, I did not follow it to a T. I mostly use it as reference for others who aren't aware of the anxiety. I find myself reading over it again, and again.
Managing Social Anxiety(Client Workbook)
I was given this book during group therapy(ended up buying it off Chapters so I didn't need to borrow it) and it helped me look at the CBT in a different way. However I was overwhelmed by the 'program' of following it to a T. I didn't much at all but I do use some of the techniques in it from time to time. There another one for the doctor to read which I was thinking of getting to see the different viewpoints between doctor and patient. And no, group therapy was a no go due to my severe level of SA. I would like to try it again someday though.
Calming Your Anxious Mind(Second Edition) by Jeffrey Brantley, MD.
This one helped me practice with relaxing, actually. Taking the process of getting better very gradually and not so much impatience and rushing to find a solution for it. Accepting things for what they are, etc... it also kind of helped that I read it while camping to get the full effect of the book lol
The Procrastinator's Handbook by Rita Emmett
I read it to tackle that habit and it was more than I thought it would be. It isn't a "How To... do it this way only" type of book. It mostly touches on the underlying reasons WHY you procrastinate and one of them is anxiety and fear of something which was pretty true, for me anyways. I am still tackling that to this day but I have gotten waaay better attitude of "let's do it now" rather than "how bout later".
The Anxiety Cure: An Eight Step Program for Getting Well by Robert L. DuPont, MD
The last book that I found helpful to me, out of the dozen I've read. I ignored the "cure" and the "eight step" wording on the front. I really liked this book since it was very simplified and precise in what you could do to overcome the anxiety. It has a section in each chapter for friends and family to help them help you with the anxiety.
Some of these made me shed tears with the stories told in them, some made me laugh so much. But out of all the books I've read, I find myself gravitate towards these ones the most. I do other things to help me as well. The books just are more of a guide for what I can do for myself. Hope that you find any or all useful to you in some way.