My Experience as a 7 Cups Listener (A Response to Medium’s Article)

My Experience as a 7 Cups Listener (A Response to Medium’s Article)

Today, I will be talking about my experience as a 7 Cups listener. 7 Cups is an online therapy platform. While they provide licensed therapists for a price, users can also chat with a listener for free. 

If you are thinking of becoming a listener, here are a few things you may encounter: 

  • It will be awkward sometimes
  • You will feel great after you receive good feedback
  • Chats will sometimes last over two hours
  • You can choose what subject you want to talk about
  • It is good practice for future therapists
  • You receive good training for a free service
  • Sometimes you don’t help
  • You will feel like you are doing something good 
  • 7 Cups provides a lot of support for listeners

One of the main reasons I wanted to do this review is that there are not many posts out there regarding the experience as a 7 Cups listener. One of the only posts I found was by Medium, which was titled “Illegitimate Online Therapy: My Experience as a 7 Cups Listener.” 

While I completely sympathize with the author’s experience and realize that everybody will have a different experience, I couldn’t help but feel that the article was overly negative towards this service. 

There were also a few things in the article that I wanted to clear up since the author missed some key details that would change someone’s perspective of the service. 

To be honest, after I read that article on Medium, I did not want to join the program. It sounded sketchy, illegitimate and just not a fun time. However, I still joined, and I am glad I did. 

Responding to Mediums Post About 7 Cups

Before we start, I want to address a few claims that Medium’s post made. 

Medium’s Article: “People wanting only to be told what to do, supplemented by mild sexual harassment? Probably not that different from what some actual therapists experience in a typical day.”

My Response: This quote bothered me. First of all, I honestly do feel bad for the author – obviously, they got dealt a bad hand at first. But you need to go into this service with both eyes open. It is a free online service, obviously, you will run into things like this. But 7 Cups provides protection for their listeners. The author themselves said that listeners have the right to block anyone if users were abusing the service. 

Furthermore, I have helped several people, and those who I have talked to do not only want to be told what to do. Some do, as the author mentions, but there are ways around it (7 Cups actually provides us with sentences we can copy and paste if people ask for advice). 

Medium’s Article: “What did I want going into this? I wanted to be a compassionate, level-headed presence for anyone who was looking for it. Ultimately, I wanted to be helpful. Instead, I became quickly disillusioned at the implementation of the service itself.”

My Response: This is sad to hear. The author wanted to help people, and they just had a bad experience, which can happen. However, speaking from personal experience, there have been users where I have provided a compassionate and level-headed listening ear. 

If you want to help people, you really can on 7 Cups! It just may take a few times to truly experience. Even though there may be people on the site abusing the platform, there are people on there that truly want help. 

What Is 7 Cups?

7 Cups is an online emotional health service that is on-demand. Users can sign up for the free version or the paid version. In the free version, users can talk to listeners, who cannot provide advice but can listen and help them process hardships they are going through. If you pay for the service, you have access to licensed therapists. 

7 Cups definition of a listener: “A 7 Cups listener doesn’t judge or try to solve problems and say what to do. Our listeners just listen. They understand. They give you the space you need to help you clear your head.”

As a listener, you chat (message – no phone calls) with users online through your phone or computer. You can do this by downloading the 7 Cups app, or by logging into the website online.

Here is a brief video explaining the platform. 

Pros of Being a 7 Cups Listener

You Will Feel Great After You Receive Good Feedback

While it may take a while to get going, you will eventually receive good feedback if you care about what you are doing. 

The first time I received good feedback was amazing! I honestly believed I was a crappy listener until the user said how much they appreciated the chat. They mentioned that even though I could not give advice, I helped them process their problem and feel relaxed for a bit. That one review made the entire experience worth it. 

You Can Choose What Subject You Want To Talk About

When you first sign up to be a listener, you can choose what subjects you prefer. I honestly don’t think these preferences do much. However, when you are looking for a new chat, you can usually see what the user wants to talk about. 

For example, say there is a user you are looking at named “PinkUnicorne.” Underneath their name, they might have a topic such as “anxiety” or “loneliness.” This feature is great because you can choose a topic that you are comfortable with. 

Furthermore, if you get a topic you are not uncomfortable with, you can always refer them to another listener. You have to do this since some listeners do not specify what subject they want to talk about until you start a chat with them. 

It Is Good Practice for Future Therapists

Your job as a listener does not replicate that of a therapist. You can’t give advice. However, I found that I became more comfortable talking and being supportive the more I chatted with users. 

As a future therapist, I personally believe that being a 7 Cups listener is great practice. It helps you get over that fear of talking to someone new and builds your confidence as a supportive listening ear. 

After a few chats, I felt excited to help more people since I was confident in my abilities. 

You Receive Good Training for It Being a Free Service

Something else that bothered me about Medium’s article is the claims it made of the lack of training you receive. 

First of all, people have to remember it is a free service. Trainers will not receive an enormous amount of training due to this reason, and I didn’t expect to. 

However, I received more training than I thought I would. For the author of the Medium article, sure, it may have taken 10 minutes for them to complete the test. For me, it took over an hour. 

I actually wrote three pages of notes with the information they gave to me. There was also a few video examples for us to watch and take notes from, which I found very helpful. 

In conclusion, no, listeners do not receive tons of training. But they do receive some great information that is more than enough to shape a helpful listener. 

You Will Feel Like You Are Doing Something Good

One of the best things about being a part of this program is that you will feel like you are doing something good. When you talk to someone, you genuinely feel like you are helping them (or at least trying to), and that is an amazing feeling. 

7 Cups Provides a Lot of Support for Listeners

On top of the training that 7 cups provides, they also provide tons of great resources for listeners as well. 

Here is a list of a few things they offer. 

  • Welcome committee. When you first sign up as a listener, you will receive a warm welcome from a fellow member. You can ask them any questions or concerns you have.
  • Support groups. There are several support groups for different topics such as anxiety, eating disorders, relationships, etc. You can either post helpful comments or ask others for advice in these communities. 
  • Extra training courses. 7 Cups provides over 60 extra courses that listeners can take to master their skills. 
  • Chat rooms for listeners. You can actually talk to a listener yourself after you have a tough chat. They can provide some support for you to process the emotions.

Cons of Being a 7 Cups Listener

It Will Be Awkward Sometimes

One of the main things you will run into is feeling awkward. Sometimes you have no clue what to say. And that’s okay! It is to be expected because, let’s be honest – we are not trained professionals! 

So if you are thinking of signing up, be prepared to feel awkward for the first few chats! Or perhaps you are one of those people who never feel awkward, in which I am envious! 

Chats Will Sometimes Last Over Two Hours

This situation can be avoided. This con is mostly relevant to those people who find it hard to end a chat (like me). 

As a people pleaser at heart, I find it hard to end chats when they just keep going. However, you get better at it. 

At the same time, some problems are bigger than others, and sometimes users need a lot of attention. For this reason, be prepared for chats to last long. 

While you totally have the right not to chat for over twenty minutes, for example, sometimes it is nice to give users a bit of your time. 

For instance, my first chat lasted over two hours. It was a lot. However, I felt like I really helped the person I was talking to, and it was worth it. 

Sometimes You Don’t Really Help

There will be a few chats where you just don’t click with the user. Sometimes after a chat, you may just think, “well, that didn’t go well.” 

As a listener, you should expect to not help everybody. Everyone is different, and some users will work better with certain listeners. 

Conclusion

I hoped you enjoyed my quick review of 7 cups from a listener’s perspective. I also encourage people wondering about the service to check out this post: “A Psychologist’s Honest Review of 7 Cups of Tea.”

I found this post to be a bit more neutral and informative. The author discusses everything good and bad about the service and gives readers an accurate and in-depth review of what it is like to be a listener. 

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Top 11 Blog Posts For Anxiety

Top 11 Blog Posts For Anxiety

Today we will be taking a look at the top 11 blog posts for anxiety. We will cover a few different helpful posts and quickly discuss the main points of each. 

Here are the top 11 blog posts for anxiety: 

  1. How To Cope With Anxiety
  2. Coping With Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Tips for Living Well
  3. General Self-Help Strategies for Anxiety 
  4. How To Calm Worst-Case Scenario Thoughts When We Have Good Reason To Believe Them 
  5. 10 Best Evening Habits For Night Anxiety
  6. 5-4-3-2-1 Grounding Exercise – Mindfulness for Anxiety
  7. How to Manage Post-Covid Anxiety
  8. How to Deal With Anxiety: Learning How to Cope
  9. Anxiety Challenge List for Social Anxiety Exposures 
  10. Work Has Me Crippled With Anxiety. Is It Time To Quit? 
  11. Hobbies Can Reduce Anxiety And Stress

How To Cope With Anxiety

This article by Healthline covers 11 different ways to cope with anxiety. Some of the top techniques include deep breathing, aromatherapy, going for a walk, yoga, and writing down your thoughts. 

Ally Hirschlag, the author, also recommends a few long-term strategies for coping. You can identify and learn to manage your triggers, try cognitive behavioural therapy, or do daily meditation. 

This article also discusses how to know if your anxiety is harmful and covers some main signs of anxiety attacks. 

Coping With Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Tips for Living Well

This article by Very Well Mind reviews a few different coping strategies for generalized anxiety disorder, including social, emotional and physical coping strategies. 

Some of the top social coping strategies they discuss are getting involved with your community, talking to someone, recruiting support and laughing. 

Author William Meek also writes about a few emotional coping strategies, including practicing mindfulness, learning your triggers and practicing acceptance. Lastly, some physical strategies include eating well and exercising. 

The blog goes more in-depth on each point, so check out the full article if you want the scoop. 

General Self-Help Strategies for Anxiety

This post by Here to Help is one of the top 11 blog posts for anxiety. They cover a lot of main points including learning about anxiety, learning how to relax, challenging anxious thoughts and facing fears. 

This blog is a great resource to check out if you don’t know a lot about anxiety. It is a good beginner’s guide, whether you are struggling with anxiety yourself, or you know someone who is. 

The author, Anxiety Canada, covers a few different coping techniques such as calm breathing and muscle relaxation. You will also learn about the exposure technique (which I briefly chat about in my recent post here) and how it can help desensitize you. 

How To Calm Worst-Case Scenario Thoughts When We Have Good Reason To Believe Them 

We’ve all been there; trying to enjoy a relaxing day off work when your mind starts reeling like crazy. The worst part is when you believe you have a good reason to fear what your brain is telling you to fear. 

This informative blog post dives into this common phenomenon and gives readers a few helpful tips on how to manage catastrophic thinking. 

A few top techniques they mention are to engage your intelligence, let go of the need to control, and understand the nature of the mind. 

Check out the link to learn about each of these tips more. 

10 Best Evening Habits For Night Anxiety

In this article, Dennis Simsek, author of The Anxiety Guy blog, discusses night anxiety. Many people struggle with anxiety especially at night, but Dennis gives readers a few helpful habits that will increase their quality of sleep. 

Some top methods he discusses are deep breathing practices, practicing mindfulness, taking a hot bath or shower, keeping a journal and exercising. 

5-4-3-2-1 Grounding Exercise – Mindfulness for Anxiety

Anxiety United talks about one of the most effective strategies for anxiety: grounding. 

This blog post has a youtube video that is about 7 minutes long. The video goes more in-depth on the 54321 grounding exercise, and how you can use it to gain control over your panicked thoughts. 

This exercise works very well for those who struggle with panic. Whenever you start to feel numb or that you are losing contact with reality, you can use this technique to calm yourself down. 

How to Manage Post-Covid Anxiety

In this post by the Anxiety & Depression Association of America, Gabrielle Avery-Peck, Ph.D., discusses the anxiety that accompanies many people when thinking about going back to the office again. 

She talks about how we have trained our bodies to react to certain stimuli during COVID that may not have mattered pre-COVID, and how it might be difficult to get back to normal. 

Some of the main tips she covers are making a list of activities you want to start doing again, breaking down stressful activities into small steps, being okay with uncertainty, and seeking support from family and friends. 

How to Deal With Anxiety: Learning How to Cope

This is a great article by WebMD that discusses what anxiety is and gives a few coping strategies. 

In this post, you will learn how to challenge negative thoughts and learn how to relax. Jeanie Lerche Davis also discusses medication for anxiety disorders, and what the top medications are. 

This will be a helpful post to check out if you want to learn more about antidepressants and SSRI medication. 

Anxiety Challenge List For Social Anxiety Exposures

This post on Anxious Lass is an amazing resource for those suffering from social anxiety. The author, Kelly Jean, provides a list of exposure therapy challenges.

They start off small, such as unlocking the door without waiting for people to leave the street. The list escalates to more challenging tasks, such as inviting a friend over for an hour. 

If you struggle with social anxiety, I highly recommend checking this resource out.  

Work Has Me Crippled With Anxiety. Is It Time To Quit?

Lots of people struggle with anxiety at work. This post is good for those who experience a tremendous amount of anxiety at work and are not sure what to do. 

Nicky Cullen discusses a few things you can do when you find yourself facing this problem. He advises you to either talk to your boss about the issue or quit. Check out the blog post to see what he has to say about each. 

Hobbies Can Reduce Anxiety And Stress

This article by No Panic covers a few of the best hobbies that can help reduce anxiety and stress. 

Some of the main hobbies they mention are music, writing, exercise, animals, reading, gardening, cooking and photography. 

This blog will be a great post to check out if you want to start some hands-on activities during times of high anxiety.

What Is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?

What Is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?

When you look up treatments for anxiety, one of the main methods that come up is CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy). While I am a big advocate for this kind of therapy myself, there is another kind of therapy that I believe will change the way many people treat their anxiety: acceptance and commitment therapy.

Acceptance and commitment therapy is a type of psychotherapy. This method focuses on mindfulness and challenges patients to accept the feelings that they fear, such as anxiety. The main goal is to encourage psychological flexibility by using commitment and behaviour-changing strategies. 

In this article, I will be covering what acceptance and commitment therapy is. I will discuss how the method works for people suffering from anxiety and explore some scientific evidence for the therapy. Let’s get into it. 

What Is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy? 

The first time I heard of this kind of therapy is while reading “Dare” by Barry McDonagh. I have struggled with a mild form of panic disorder for a while, and after reading tons of great reviews, I picked up his book. I immediately felt excited as I read about this therapy. 

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) uses mindfulness, acceptance, commitment and behaviour change to increase psychological flexibility. 

Psychological flexibility means that you can better adapt to new and stressful situations and shift your thoughts and perspectives. 

In a nutshell, when it comes to anxiety, acceptance and commitment therapy encourages patients to stop resisting their feelings of anxiety. The main goal of this is to stop fearing anxiety. The more your brain resists something, the worse it will be. 

For example, say you are stuck in traffic. You see a lot of cars around you, packed like sardines. You start to feel your heart pound faster, and your breath gets shallower. According to this method, you should simply let these symptoms happen. Don’t try to resist them; let the anxiety flow through you like a wave on the ocean.

Instead of using techniques to cope with these scary feelings, tell your anxiety: “Show me what you got. Do your worst.” 

While this may sound odd, studies show that it actually works just as well as CBT. 

A meta-analysis by Francisco Jose Ruiz Jimenez showed that ACT worked even better than CBT for treating anxiety in 11/16 studies he analyzed. The treatment reduced symptoms of anxiety and led to an increased quality of life. 

Here is a great video explaining acceptance and commitment therapy more in depth.

What Is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Used For? 

There are a few things that ACT can work for. Here are some of the main disorders that can benefit from this method. 

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Psychosis
  • Chronic pain
  • Diabetes
  • Substance abuse

How Does Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Work?

There are a few different factors to ACT. Here are some of the main things that patients are encouraged to do. 

  • Being actively aware of your thoughts and feelings and embracing them
  • Not attempting to stop anxiety-provoking thoughts or putting up ‘ defence shields’ in your mind
  • Altering the functions and effects of undesirable thoughts instead of changing them
  • Encourages patients to change how they interact with anxiety-producing thoughts
  • Experience the world more directly 
  • Being aware of the self 
  • Acknowledging experiences (anxious thoughts) without attaching to them

A large part of this therapy closely resembles behaviour therapy because patients are encouraged to change their behaviours through exposure and practice. 

For instance, if you often experience panic in the mall, you would have to go to the mall and expose yourself to the thing you fear. Then, you can practice the acceptance techniques and slowly become desensitized. 

Is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy a Form of CBT? 

When I first read about ACT, I was convinced it was a form of CBT. The reason being is that CBT largely focuses on changing your thought processes, which will then change your behaviour. 

However, acceptance and commitment therapy is a form of psychotherapy. 

It resembles CBT, though, because it stems from cognitive behavioural therapy and traditional behavioural therapy. 

Conclusion 

Acceptance and commitment therapy has been around for a while, but it is just gaining popularity within the field. 

This method focuses on accepting your anxiety instead of running from it. To practice this method, patients are encouraged to run towards the thing they fear and let their anxiety flow through them. 

I personally believe that this is the best technique that has worked for me. I am so excited to use this more and perhaps one day be free of fear.

Author’s Note

I want to note here that I am not a psychologist yet – I am simply a psychology student, learning every day. So even though I do lots of research while writing, do not take this information and attempt this method on yourself. If you want more information about this type of therapy, consult with a professional. 

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The Best 14 Books For Anxiety

The Best 14 Books For Anxiety

The Best 14 Books For Anxiety 

Anxiety is one of the most common disorders in the U.S. It affects about 18% of the population annually. 

If you are one of the many people who have anxiety, you are very familiar with fear, worry, and panic. Much like yourself, I often experience those emotions every day. 

Fortunately, there are hundreds of self-help books out there for those struggling with this disorder. I have checked out a few of these books; there are lots of helpful tips that will, at the very least, reduce the intensity of your anxiety. So why not, right? 

This article will review the best 14 books for anxiety.

It is important to note that a book cannot replace counselling. However, they are a great option to use in conjunction with counselling or for those who are not in a place to receive counselling yet. 

Let’s get started. 

Best Books for Anxiety 2021

The Anxiety and Worry Workbook

Price: Under $30

Type of Anxiety: Generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, specific phobias, agoraphobia 

The Anxiety and Worry Workbook is written by Aaron T. Beck, MD, and David A. Clark, Ph.D., the former being the one who pioneered cognitive behavioural therapy. 

This book uses cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to help confront and change the cycle of unrealistic thoughts that feed anxiety. The CBT model has been around for 25 years and is a proven treatment for multiple anxiety disorders. 

This workbook offers worksheets, exercises and encouraging examples of how Dr. Burk helped others with his method. You will learn how to identify your triggers and face your fears in a healthy and effective way. If you are looking for manageable coping strategies, this is one of the best books for anxiety. 

Rewire Your Anxious Brain

Price: Under $30 

Type of Anxiety: Generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, specific phobias, agoraphobia 

This is another book that uses cognitive behavioural therapy techniques to help stop the cycle of anxious thoughts and rewire your anxious brain. 

Catherine M. Pittman, Ph.D. and Elizabeth M. Karle, MLIS, explains the neuroscience behind anxiety and what roles the amygdala and cortex play. 

The two experts give readers practical examples of managing fear, explaining how to tap into those fear pathways in the brain and essentially overriding them. You will find effective techniques and assessments and detailed explanations on how the brain creates and upkeeps anxiety. 

The Generalized Anxiety Disorder Workbook

Price: Under $40 

Type of Anxiety: Generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder

Generalized anxiety disorder is a disorder in which one worries excessively about mundane things such as traffic, family, finances, health, future, life events, etc. 

The Generalized Anxiety Disorder Workbook helps readers face one of the most common anxiety disorders with cognitive behavioural therapy. 

Melisa Robichaud, Ph.D., Michel J. Dugas, Ph.D. and Martin M. Antony, Ph.D., give readers proven solutions and techniques to use in their daily lives. In addition, the book offers practical exercises and explains how to identify different types of worry. 

The workbook also explains what factors keep the worry cycle going and how to create a relapse prevention plan. 

The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook 

Price: Under $40

Type of Anxiety: Generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, general worry and fear

Edmund J. Bourne, Ph.D., helps readers tackle anxiety, phobias, and panic disorders using cognitive behavioural therapy techniques. 

As a leading expert in CBT, Dr. Bourne explains how to quiet worry, end negative self-talk and take over your anxious thoughts. In addition, he offers relaxation and breathing techniques, leading research on exposure therapy for specific phobias, and other lifestyle tips. 

Dare: The New Way to End Anxiety and Stop Panic Attacks

Price: Under $30

Type of Anxiety: Generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder 

If you are open to dealing with your anxiety head-on, this is a wonderful and effective book to check out. 

The book is written by Barry McDonagh, a man who himself has struggled with severe anxiety and panic attacks. In this book, he shares with you how he stopped his life-crippling anxiety with a few basic techniques. (I myself have used his main technique, and it worked amazingly well for panic.) 

You also will get access to a smartphone app that comes with free audio that provides quick relief for anxiety (yes, it really works). 

Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind

Price: Under $40

Type of Anxiety: Generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder

Judson Brewer, MD, Ph.D., offers readers techniques on how to uproot anxiety from the source. The book covers how to use brain-based techniques to stop the negative thought cycle that feeds anxiety. 

Dr. Brewer covers how we can learn what our triggers are and how to effectively diffuse them. The book also explains some great mindfulness techniques that you can use when you start to panic. 

No Worries: A Guided Journal to Help You Calm Anxiety, Relieve Stress, and Practice Positive Thinking Each Day

Price: Under $20

Type of Anxiety: Generalized anxiety disorder

This guided journal will work well for those suffering from everyday general worry and anxiety. Bella Mente Press offers a 12-week journal that allows you to write down all of your worrisome thoughts and reframe them more realistically. (This is a type of CBT technique.)

The book contains daily journaling pages, self-care ideas, emotional support cheat sheets, mindfulness techniques, habit trackers and more. 

Hope and Help for Your Nerves

Price: Under $20

Type of Anxiety: Generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder 

Dr. Claire Weekes explains to readers how to understand and analyze your own anxiety symptoms and how to break the crippling cycle of fear. The book teaches readers how to desensitize overwrought nerves and how to relax. 

People suffering from anxiety and panic can use breathing and relaxation exercises to help calm them down and regain a vibrant life again. 

The Worry Trick: How Your Brain Tricks You into Expecting the Worst and What You Can Do About It

Price: Under $30

Type of Anxiety: Generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder

David A. Carbonell, Ph.D. uses both acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) as well as CBT to teach readers how to break the cycle of anxiety. 

The author explains how to confront anxiety head-on instead of resisting it (which can make it even worse). Pick up this book today if you want to learn how to think again with clarity instead of believing your irrational thoughts. 

Anxiety: Panicking about Panic

Price: Under $20

Type of Anxiety: Generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia, health anxiety

This book is a great resource for those suffering from panic attacks or general anxiety. The author, Joshua Fletcher, is a counsellor who has experienced anxiety disorder firsthand. 

In this book, Joshua provides a few quick and helpful tricks to calm down quickly. He explains exactly how anxiety works and what is happening in your body during an attack. With his explanations, the reader can better understand and deal with their struggle with panic. 

The Anxiety Workbook: A 7-Week Plan to Overcome Anxiety, Stop Worrying, and End Panic

Price: Under $30

Type of Anxiety: Generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, specific phobia

This book is a 7-week plan that gives readers all of the tools they need to start managing their anxiety. Arlin Cuncic, MA, encourages readers to set clear goals, change negative thoughts, and practice positive behaviours that reinforce a healthy thought cycle. 

Each week of the plan covers a different aspect of anxiety, so you will be able to work through the entire process of recovery one step at a time. You can also take this plan at your own pace. This book uses CBT techniques. 

Retrain Your Brain: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Weeks

Price: Under $20

Type of Anxiety: Generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder

Seth J. Gillihan, Ph.D., teaches readers scientifically proven CBT techniques to combat their anxiety. Much like the last book, this workbook covers one thing at a time, so you won’t get overwhelmed. 

The workbook contains a complete guide to CBT and also offers some practical exercises. You will learn some helpful writing exercises and make tangible differences in your life. 

Stop Anxiety Now

Price: Under $30

Type of Anxiety: Generalized anxiety disorder

If you are suffering from general worry and nervousness, this will be a good book to pick up. Derrick Howell discusses helpful facts about anxiety and covers some of the best tools to use when anxiety attacks. 

The author has experienced anxiety and panic attacks himself, so you can feel assured that Derick really knows what you are going through. 

This guide includes over 40 effective treatment techniques, lists of activities, meditation advice, tips on mindfulness, and so much more. 

The Big Activity Book for Anxious People

Price: Under $30

Type of Anxiety: Mild anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder

If you are looking for more of a lighthearted book that you use in conjunction with therapy, this will be a great choice. Those with mild anxiety will also love this book. 

Jordan Reid and Erin Williams offer readers a hilarious yet relatable dive into everyday anxiety. This is both a journal and colouring book in which those plagued with general worry can read a few coping mechanisms as well as some soothing facts. 

While this is not your usual self-help book for anxiety, you will definitely feel a boost of comfort knowing that there are other people out there who struggle with the same things (thoughts, mostly) as you do. 

The Best Books For Anxiety FAQ

Can Reading Books Help Anxiety?

Reading books can help anxiety. 

Speaking from personal experience, some of the best techniques I use have come from books. With that being said, I also use techniques that my counsellor taught me as well. 

While reading books can definitely help, even significantly, they are still not equivalent to receiving professional therapy. 

The reason for this is because everyone is different. There is not a one answer fits all for anxiety disorders. 

Person A may respond amazingly to a certain therapy, while person B may only respond to another type of therapy. People could also have different underlying fears that will respond well to certain therapies. 

A counsellor can get to know the person, get a feel of their background and type of anxiety, and choose the best therapy for them. 

With that being said, I think these books are a great option for those who can’t afford counselling at the moment, or maybe those with a very minor form of anxiety but who still function well in day-to-day life. 

Can Anxiety Be Cured? 

Yes, anxiety can be treated. No matter how long someone has struggled with the disorder, it is never too late to get treatment.

There are many different kinds of therapies that work well for anxiety. Here is a list of popular methods that have worked well:

  • Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Exposure therapy
  • Behavioural therapy

What Is the 333 Rule for Anxiety?

The 333 rule is a popular coping technique for when you start to feel panicked (or are having a panic attack). The main idea behind it is to ground you back to reality and to the present moment when your thoughts start to get out of control. Here is how you use it: 

  1. Look around and name three things that you see.
  2. After that, name three sounds that you can hear. (You can also try to name three things you smell.)
  3. Thirdly, move three parts of your body (wiggle your toes, move your fingers, etc.).

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