Skip to main content

Overcoming Anxiety For Dummies - Australia / NZ, Australian and New Zealand Edition



Overcoming Anxiety For Dummies - Australia / NZ, Australian and New Zealand Edition

Christopher Mogan, Charles H. Elliott, Laura L. Smith

ISBN: 978-0-730-30876-8 February 2015 384 Pages


Simple, practical strategies for keeping anxiety under control

Everyone experiences anxiety. After all, life is stressful. But are you too anxious? Is it disrupting your life? If so, this book can help. Overcoming Anxiety For Dummies, Australian & New Zealand Edition is a friendly, plain-English guide to understanding and overcoming intense, excessive anxiety. This book explains the difference between normal everyday anxiety and anxiety that requires attention and treatment. It also includes updated information on treatment and getting help, including organisations in Australia and New Zealand that assist people with anxiety.

  • Features practical guidance on treating anxiety with diet, exercise, meditation and more
  • Shows you how to identify the factors that trigger your anxiety and how to manage them
  • Offers trustworthy advice on whether you can manage your anxiety on your own or need to seek outside help
  • Covers local organisations that can help, including beyondblue, Lifeline and Headspace, as well as charities like the Salvation Army and the Smith Family

Packed with practical strategies for feeling better, this handy guide is perfect for anyone who wants to treat their minor anxiety on their own or find out whether they need professional assistance.

Introduction 1

Part I: Understanding Anxiety 5

Chapter 1: Showing How Anxiety Affects Our Lives 7

Chapter 2: Examining Anxiety: What’s Normal, What’s Not 19

Chapter 3: Sorting Through the Brain and Biology 37

Chapter 4: Clearing the Roadblocks to Change 49

Part II: A Working Model for Your Anxiety 69

Chapter 5: Becoming a Thought Detective 71

Chapter 6: Watching Out for Worry Words 95

Chapter 7: Challenging Your Agitating Assumptions 107

Chapter 8: Facing Fear One Step at a Time 129

Chapter 9: Considering Medications and Other Physical Treatment Options 153

Part III: Seeing Anxiety as a Part of Life 173

Chapter 10: Looking at Lifestyle 175

Chapter 11: Relaxation: The Five-Minute Solution 189

Chapter 12: Calming the Mind 203

Chapter 13: Mindful Acceptance 213

Part IV: Zeroing In on Specific Worries 231

Chapter 14: Facing a Career Crisis and Financial Woes 233

Chapter 15: Keeping Steady When the World Is Shaking 245

Chapter 16: Staying Healthy 259

Chapter 17: Knowing Your ‘High Risk’ Situations 271

Part V: Helping Others with Anxiety 283

Chapter 18: When a Family Member or Friend Suffers from Anxiety 285

Chapter 19: Recognising Anxiety in Children 301

Chapter 20: Helping Anxious Children and Adolescents 311

Part VI: The Part of Tens 333

Chapter 21: Ten Ways to Stop Anxiety Quickly 335

Chapter 22: Ten (Or So) Signs That You Need Professional Help 341

Appendix: Resources for You 347

Index 353