"Overcoming Anxiety" by Psychologist David Bernt, PhD. is smart, well-written, and (probably most importantly!) life-changing. No really, it is life-changing. In his book, Dr. Bernt gives multiple exercises that help to slow down breathing whether you're simply anxious or suffering (aka ya feel like you're dying, lemme tell ya) during a panic attack, talks about different types of strategies on how to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder/ bad flashbacks/ nightmares, and explains how to train your brain to stop thinking negative or otherwise distressing thoughts by going into depth about ways to break that vicious pattern of thinking, among other topics! This book is truly an incredible resource and far more helpful than I even could have begun to hope for!
I also personally think that this book could probably do wonders for people who are battling depression, even without much anxiety present! I felt myself shocked at how many times I did not realize that certain thoughts I have need be rerouted so I can be kinder and gentler to myself, rather than perfectionistic in a harmfully inflexible way!
Here is the Synopsis:
"Psychologist David Berndt, Ph.D., in Overcoming Anxiety, outlines several self-help methods for relief from anxiety and worry. In clear language and a conversational style, Dr. Berndt talks intimately with the reader like he would in a therapy session, and he shares what he learned from his peers and clients about how to make techniques for anxiety management more effective and helpful.
You will learn:
- A Self-hypnosis grounding technique in the Ericksonian tradition.
- Box Breathing, Seven Eleven and similar breathing techniques for anxiety relief.
- How to stop or interrupt toxic thoughts that keep you locked in anxiety.
- How to harness and utilize your worries, so they work for you.
- Relief from anxiety through desensitization and exposure therapy.
Designed to be used alone as self-help or in conjunction with professional treatment Dr. Berndt draws upon his experience as a clinician and academic researcher to give accessible help to the reader who wants to understand and manage their anxiety."
Here's some information & other testimonials about the author!:
|Psychologist David Berndt, PhD.|
David J. Berndt, Ph.D. was an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago where he published or presented over 80 papers and articles before establishing a private practice. Dr Berndt currently lives in Charleston, S.C. where he also teaches in an adjunct capacity at the College of Charleston. He is best known for his psychological tests The Multiscore Depression Inventory, and the Multiscore Depression Inventory for Children, both from Western Psychological Services. He also contributes to several psychology websites including www.psychologyknowledge.com.
Praise for Dr. Berndt’s work:
About the Multiscore Depression Inventory:
“A textbook example of how to create a psychological test.”
-Oscar Burrows Mental Measurement Yearbook
About Overcoming Anxiety
“Dr. Berndt is a creative and forward-thinking psychologist who has contributed to advancing psychology both with his research and clinical practice. He has helped countless patients with their depression and anxiety, and his conversational and accessible style of writing makes Overcoming Anxiety a book you would want for your top shelf.
- Charles Kaiser, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the College of Charleston
Want to either buy (DO IT LOLZ.) or find out more about this book!?
Here is the purchase link: Check out this book on Amazon.com !
You should definitely read it, and let me know if it helps you, too! <3
Disclosure: I have received compensation in the form of a free copy of the text via Worldwind Virtual Book Tours for this post; however, all opinions are my own unless otherwise stated.