There are many types of anxiety; there is even good and bad anxiety. Neither of these facts come as a surprise in these anxiety-producing times. For some people, anxiety is a natural state of being, like having a pulse. If they aren’t anxious they think there is something wrong.
Overcoming Anxiety For Dummies is not a book for everyone who suffers from anxiety. For those with serious disorders like OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), GAD (generalized anxiety disorder), and panic disorder, Overcoming Anxiety For Dummies might serve well as an adjunct to professional care, but is not a replacement.
How does one know if the anxiety suffered requires professional/clinical care or a little self-administered behavior modification? Does your anxiety interfere with your life? Does it keep you from working, leaving your home, or interacting with others? Do you engage in compulsive behaviors? If anxiety dictates how you live your life, it’s not something reading a book is likely to dispel.
Who should read Overcoming Anxiety For Dummies? It’s a good book for anyone who lives with or cares about an anxiety-ridden person, for people who want to know more about the topic, and for those whose lives are relatively “normal” but would like to better control anxiety when it arises.
There is always going to be stress in our lives, whether it’s good or bad. If you don’t want that stress interfering with your sleep, your physical health, and your emotional status, you need to control it. Overcoming Anxiety For Dummies offers a wealth of information on eliminating the effects of stress, and those willing to make the effort and use the information provided will be rewarded by achieving goals they set for themselves.
For some, anxiety can be eliminated by simply relaxing, and authors Elliott and Smith offer a variety of techniques that will help one to both physically and mentally relax. They also offer advice on lifestyle changes designed to reduce anxiety and better ways of thinking that take control away from anxiety.