Panic Attacks, Phobias, and Worry? 12 books to deal with anxiety – Observer

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Parchment, 16.60 euros. On the market on August 5th

The basic premise is to master negative emotions in order to achieve confidence, resilience and authenticity, a lexicon that, by itself, promises to tame anxiety on any battlefield. The author and psychologist with over 30 years of clinical practice, Joan I. Rosenberg, uses the nickname and, over 288 pages, seeks to show how the solution lies in the Rosenberg Reset method, whose formula is apparently simple: one choice, eight feelings, 90 seconds. Three decades of experience led her to determine that there are eight emotions that are obstacles to self-confidence and well-being. That said, the book seeks to convey the following message: knowing how to manage intense and unwanted emotions is an important step in building emotional resilience and, once this tool has been developed, “authentic happiness” becomes more easily achievable — research in the area of neurology indicates that the biological lifespan of one of these emotions is approximately 90 seconds. Thus, the idea is that the reader becomes aware of the emotions, that he accepts them and waits for them to pass.

Objective, 16 euros. July 2021

What makes us lead a life of constant and often disabling worries? The solution put forward by Dale Carnegie (who lived between 1888 and 1955) involves training the brain to focus on more positive sensations—whether they are harmony, peace, or love—, pushing and replacing negative thoughts with more constructive ones. The American author who has become an important figure in the field of personal and professional development literature, and who sold thousands of copies in his lifetime, still has his say in the fight against anxiety and chronic worry capable of, in the extreme, to physical and mental breakdown, including diseases such as asthma, allergies, heart problems or high blood pressure.

Bertrand Publisher. 8.80 euros. July 2021

Anxiety is not measured by the palms and is not closed in causes. The title of the book may differ from the others that make up the list, but there is reason to fall between the more and less recent suggestions. In the end, the intention is to help children deal with environmental anxietyat a time when climate change invades the news and everyday conversations. Because apocalyptic images are everywhere — with devastating fires or towering floods at the height of the season — author Louise Spilsbury uses simple language and Hanane Kai uses delicate illustrations that help explain what global warming is all about. . The book also presents suggestions that can be followed by the youngest but also by the adults to take care of the planet, from recycling to the reuse of objects.


Parchment, 15.50 euros. June 2021

It is not a book that directly addresses the issues of anxiety, but the contribution can be seen in the form of subliminal messages. The book combines the advice of psychotherapist Antti Ervasti with the illustrations of the award-winning Matti Pikkujamsa and is based on the CupOfTherapy project, which seeks to disseminate basic concepts of mental health — the issues of well-being and mental health are addressed through of appealing animal characters, with each illustration highlighting, using small texts, everyday problems. The idea is to emphasize the importance of communication and promote self-discovery. The short lessons, on the whole, reflect a larger job of promoting emotional well-being.

Albatross, 17.70 euros. June 2021

The author’s struggle with anxiety serves as the motto for the book, which, published at the end of the first quarter of 2021, quickly reached the top of The New York Times bestseller list. Nicole LePera combines different areas in this book – from psychoanalysis to neuroscience, from mindfulness to spiritual practices – in response to what she says are the limitations of traditional psychotherapy and in a triple bet: taking care of the mind, body and soul, with an assured journey to trauma. from past. She is also responsible for the Instagram account The Holistic Psychologist, followed by over four million people. To the international edition of Forbes, the author has already commented on how she detected flaws in the traditional system of education in mental health, with the biggest problem being the dissociation between mind and body: “It focuses on the diagnostic model, which means labeling symptoms as disturbances. I wish I had learned more about trauma, epigenetics and the importance of conscious awareness. These are things I currently teach every day because they lead to immense healing,” she said in January 2020, before the pandemic brought the world to a standstill.

Parchment, 16.60 euros. May 2021

Sophrology is presented as the new mindfulness, although developed in the 1960s by a neuropsychiatrist. It consists of a series of breathing, visualization and smooth movement exercises that seek to develop mindfulness and active awareness. The idea is to be in tune with the body, feelings and surroundings, and the techniques can be used almost anywhere. Florence Parot is the author of this book, also inspired by eastern philosophies and classic relaxation techniques, which, as announced on the cover, aims to provide the reader with simple tools to combat insomnia, anxiety and stress. The sophrology therapist and also life coach found in the method the answer to the intense burnout she felt in her skin at just 23 years old. It was she who founded the first school in England to train trainers in this area, The Sophrology Academy.

Minotaur, 17.90 euros. 2020

The book that brings together 10 years of research proposes a short journey to the emotional side of the human beingconsidering its evolution over several epochs, without forgetting the current context of “epidemic of depression and anxiety”. The sometimes desperate search for happiness is explored, and here too, tools are given for a “fuller and healthier” life. The introduction is by Alain de Botton, writer and philosopher who founded The School of Life, with the aim of helping people not only survive but thrive in the modern world, the most important instrument being emotional intelligence.

Time to Read, 18 euros. November 2020

Written by psychologist Paulo José Costa — psychology assistant at the pediatrics service at Centro Hospitalar de Leiria —, the book is aimed at children aged between 6 and 12, but with one particular feature: the proposal is that reading is always carried out together with parents, teachers or other caregivers. Short and filled with illustrations by Bruno Gaspar (with 112 pages), it aims to help families manage their children’s fears and concerns, so that they can identify the manifestations of anxiety and learn to master them. The book hit the market as the world was actively dealing and fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, a health crisis with the potential to increase children’s anxiety, and can be purchased here.

Book workshop, 15.50 euros. October 2020

Two psychologists, Rute Agulhas and Alexandra Anciães, sign a book composed of several practical exercises and guided audioswhose objective is to guide the reader along a path of self-knowledge, reflection and also learning. Knowing what we think, how we feel and what we do are questions that can help the reader deal with adverse situations, improve self-esteem, manage stress and also overcome anxiety. These are the promises of the duo that opts for prevention and the development of skills, and that wants to help us to recognize the warning signs of problematic situations.

4 Editora Stations, 17.95 euros. March 2020 (1st reprint April 2021)

Seth Gillihan, a psychologist and assistant professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, intends to guide readers through accessible practices that can be used in solving various mental health problems. The book based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), considered to be one of the first lines of treatment recommended to manage depression or anxiety. Identifying and breaking negative thought patterns, identifying and changing core beliefs, maintaining mindfulness or managing excessive anger are some of the strategies presented.

Bertrand Editora, 16.60 euros. February 2020

The pair of authors — psychiatrist Diogo Telles Correia and psychologist José de Almeida Brites — consider it essential to talk about anxiety these days, especially when it is estimated that 33.7% of people (about a third of the global population) experience anxiety at some stage in their lives (Data is pre-pandemic, with the book coming to market in February 2020). The practical guide is intended to be easy to use on a daily basis, with answers to the most frequently asked questions, covering topics such as obsessive thoughts, panic attacks and hypochondria. All the information provided, as well as the exercises, is based on “best clinical practices and proven therapeutic techniques”.

Zero to Eight. 16.99 euros. March 2020

The book is intended for those who spend more time worrying about problems rather than solving them. The near miss on the cover draws attention to a problem that American freelance author and editor Sarah KKnight wants to help solve. Thus, she has put together a set of anxiety and stress management techniques and strategies to solve problems that are controllable and thus kick the panic. What about problems that we cannot control, such as a global crisis? “Accepting reality is half the battle to calm down. It can help calm your loved ones’ fears and anxiety, as long as you’re still being realistic and honest with them. It’s not very helpful to pretend the problem doesn’t exist, or say it’s not that bad, or imply that your feelings of anxiety aren’t important. It will be much more productive to accept reality and make an intelligent plan to deal with it”, he tells publisher Zero a Oito.

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