Anxiety, stress & worry books & resources

The following is a list of recommended books and resources about anxiety, stress and worry. The Location(s) available column shows where these books are available, eg, from your local Christchurch City Library (CCL) and/or from the Mental Health Education and Resource Centre (MHERC).

Books can be reserved online and checked out by visiting CCL or MHERC. If a book is not available, a librarian may be able to suggest another book or place a hold on a book. To borrow or place a hold on a book, you must be a member of the library. MHERC can post books and other resources out to its users, including those living in rural areas, and will include a post-paid bag for returning books. Once read, books need to be returned to the library.

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Title & Author
Description
Year
Location(s) available

Wishes and Worries

By Sarina Dickson

Year: 2015

Subject: Anxiety, part-one

This book is designed to be read aloud in the classroom, and then used in conjunction with the exercises aligned to address mild to moderate anxiety in children. Part two is Maia and the Worry Bug.

2015

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Maia and the Worry Bug

By Julie Burgess-Manning

Year: 2015

Subject: Anxiety, part-two

This resource is designed to help families with mild to moderate anxiety manage their worries. After reading the story with your children, you will find exercises based on narrative and cognitive behavioural therapy principles to help you start talking about worry in your family.

2015

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Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous and Independent Children 

By Reid Wilson & Lynn Lyons

 

Year: 2013

Subject: Parenting

With anxiety at epidemic levels among our children, Anxious Kids, Anxious Parentsoffers a contrarian yet effective approach to help children and teens push through their fears, worries, and phobias to ultimately become more resilient, independent, and happy. How do you manage a child who gets stomachaches every school morning, who refuses after-school activities, or who is trapped in the bathroom with compulsive washing? Children like these put a palpable strain on frustrated, helpless parents and teachers. And there is no escaping the problem: One in every five kids suffers from a diagnosable anxiety disorder. Unfortunately, when parents or professionals offer help in traditional ways, they unknowingly reinforce a child’s worry and avoidance. From their success with hundreds of organisations, schools, and families, Reid Wilson, PhD, and Lynn Lyons, LICSW, share their unconventional approach of stepping into uncertainty in a way that is currently unfamiliar but infinitely successful. Using current research and contemporary examples, the book exposes the most common anxiety-enhancing patterns including reassurance, accommodation, avoidance, and poor problem solving and offers a concrete plan with 7 key principles that foster change. And, since new research reveals how anxious parents typically make for anxious children, the book offers exercises and techniques to change both the children’s and the parental patterns of thinking and behaving. This book challenges our basic instincts about how to help fearful kids and will serve as the antidote for an anxious nation of kids and their parents.

2013

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CCL

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The Dance of Fear

By Harriet Goldhor Lerner

Year: 2005

Subject: Anxiety, fear, shame

‘The Dance of Fear’ is a transforming book that will teach you to respond to age-old emotions in brave new ways. Whether you suffer from the miserable symptoms of anxiety, or you push fear beneath the surface of your awareness, this book will help you live more fully in the present, and move into the future with courage, clarity, humor, and hope.

2005

Location

CCL

MHERC

Overcoming Panic And Agoraphobia

By Derrick Silove & Vijaya Manicavasagar

(SL only)

Year: 2009

Subject: CBT-based

Offers step-by-step guides to self-improvement based on the methods of cognitive behavioural therapy. This is an indispensable guide for those affected by panic disorders, but is also an important resource for friends and families, psychologists, and those working in the medical profession.

2009

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CCL

MHERC

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Feel Good

By Shane Pascoe & Graham Law

Year: 2014

Subject: Mood, stress and anxiety

A practical, inspirational guide to managing your moods, improving your outlook, and beating stress and anxiety, feeling overwhelmed, overstressed, or just plain down about life? This book is the cure for what ails you. Mood can affect every aspect of your life, from your performance at work to your personal relationships, and being able to take control of your moods, rather than have them control you, is something all the most successful people have in common. Combining techniques from two powerful, complementary therapeutic approaches-Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness-Feel Good is an everyday mood control book that can help you keep your spirits and your confidence high, and instill you with a more upbeat, positive, can-do attitude, come what may. Packed with practical information on how to start feeling happier and more positive about life, and optimise how you deal with people and situations in life and at work Designed for quick reference it lets you access practical information relevant to the mood you’re in at the moment.

2014

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The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques

By Margaret Wehrenberg

Year: 2008

Subject: Tips and techniques

Addressing physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms, Margaret Wehrenberg, a leading mental health clinician, draws on basic brain science to highlight the top ten anxiety-defeating tips. Everything from breathing techniques and mindful awareness to cognitive control and self-talk are included-all guaranteed to evict your anxious thoughts.

2008

Location

CCL

MHERC

SL

 

Living With IT: A Survivor’s Guide to Panic Attacks

By Bev Aisbett

 (SL only)

Year: 2013

Subject: Humour

Provides much needed assurance and support, leading the way out of the maze of panic with humour and the insight of first-hand experience.

2013

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The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook- Sixth Edition

By Edmund J Bourne

Year: 2015

Subject: Panic, agoraphobia, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, worry and fear

A classic in its field, The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook has provided an unparalleled, quintessential resource for people struggling with anxiety and phobias for almost thirty years. The fully revised sixth edition of this best seller offers powerful, step-by-step treatment strategies for panic disorders, agoraphobia, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), worry, and fear. Readers will also find updated information compatible with the DSM-V, as well as updates on medications and treatment, nutrition, mindfulness training, exposure therapy, and the latest research in neurobiology.

2015

Location

CCL

MHERC

Overcoming Anxiety: A self-help guide to using cognitive behavioral
techniques

By Helen Kennerley

Year: 2014

Subject: CBT-based

Fully updated edition of the bestselling self-help book, now recommended on the national Books on Prescription scheme. This ever-popular guide offers a self-help programme, written by one of the UK’s leading authorities on anxiety and based on CBT, for those suffering from anxiety problems. A whole range of anxieties and fears are explained, from panic attacks and phobias to obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and generalised anxiety. It includes an introduction to the nature of anxiety and stress and a complete self-help programme with monitoring sheets based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. The following websites may offer useful further information on anxiety disorders: www.social-anxiety.org.uk www.stress.org.uk www.triumphoverphobia.com.

2014

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MHERC

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The Complete CBT Guide for Anxiety 

Many contributors

Year: 2013

Subject: CBT-based

A guide on all the anxiety disorders: generalised anxiety disorder, health anxiety, panic, phobias, social anxiety, OCD. It offers individual CBT-based treatments for a wide range of anxiety problems. This is a highly respectable and authoritative self-help guide on all the anxiety disorders: generalised anxiety disorder, health anxiety, panic, phobias, social anxiety, OCD. Edited by three leading CBT clinicians in the UK, this comprehensive guide offers individual CBT-based treatments for a wide range of anxiety problems. Each individual treatment reflects current the treatment in the UK for that anxiety disorder and is written by the clinician responsible for developing that treatment in the first place.

2013

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Helping Your Anxious Child

By Ronald Rapee

Year: 2000

Subject: Helping child/youth

A step by step program for managing your child’s anxiety. This book teaches you to understand your child’s anxiety and the options for dealing with it – without a therapist’s help. Learn how to respond to your child’s needs for reassurance, avoid common pitfalls and help your child improve social interaction skills.

2000

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MHERC

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Generation Stressed

By Michele Kambolis

Year: 2014

Subject: Helping child/youth

Anxiety is rampant in society in general and among children in particular. Written by Registered Clinical Counselor and national parenting columnist Michele Kambolis, “Generation Stressed” explains the causes and effects of anxiety in children and equips concerned parents with an array of highly effective play-based tools with which to help their anxious child. Packed with clinically sound advice based on cognitive behavioral therapy widely accepted as the most effective method of treatment of anxiety this easy-to-use handbook offers original, engaging, and effective exercises that parents can use at home, on the road, and in social settings to alleviate the symptoms of anxiety in their children, bolstered by the power of parent-child attachment. Kambolis blends sound theory, practical intervention techniques, and clinical expertise with a warm, encouraging, and conversational tone that parents will find instantly relatable.

2014

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Living with stress

By Patricia Cameron-Hill

Year: 2002

Subject: DVD – Humour

Gives strategies to reduce stress and feel more in control by making needed changes or learning to accept what cannot be changed.

2002

Location

MHERC

The Mindful Way Through Anxiety: break free from chronic worry and reclaim your life

By Susan M Orsillo & Lizabeth Roemer

Year: 2011

Subject: Anxiety

With clarity and compassion, this book describes clinically tested mindfulness practices specifically tailored for anxiety in its many forms. Learn step-by-step strategies for gaining awareness of anxious feelings without letting them escalate; loosening the grip of worry and fear; and achieving a new level of emotional and physical wellbeing.

2011

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Quiet the Mind: An illustrated guide on how to meditate

By Matthew Johnstone

Year: 2012

Subject: Meditation

In a world where finding even ten minutes to ‘do nothing’, the benefits of meditation can be profound. Meditation is simply a way of giving our brains a well-deserved break and can actually help our brains to function healthy and happily. This beautifully illustrated guide is an inspiring and practical book which shows you how to meditate without the need for uncomfortable lotus positions or prayer beads! With his typical gentle and insightful humour, Matthew’s guide to meditation will enable to you to feel more present, more youthful, have more energy and greater concentration, improve your mood and sleep more soundly.

2012

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The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook

By Martha Davis

 (CCL & SL)

Year: 2008

Subject: Relaxation techniques

This new edition is updated with powerful relaxation techniques based on the latest research, and draws from a variety of proven treatment methods, including progressive relaxation, autogenics, self-hypnosis, visualisation, and mindfulness and acceptance therapy. In the first chapter, you’ll explore your own stress triggers and symptoms, and learn how to create a personal plan for stress reduction. Each chapter features a different method for relaxation and stress reduction, explains why the method works, and provides on-the-spot exercises you can do to apply that method when you feel stressed. The result is a comprehensive yet accessible workbook that will help you to curb stress and cultivate a more peaceful life.

2008

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Full Catastrophe Living: using the wisdom of your body and mind to face stress, pain, and illness

By Jon Kabat-Zinn

Year: 2013

Subject: Mindfulness-based

Stress. It can sap our energy, undermine our health if we let it, even shorten our lives. It makes us more vulnerable to anxiety and depression, disconnection and disease. Based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s renowned mindfulness-based stress reduction program, this classic, groundbreaking work—which gave rise to a whole new field in medicine and psychology—shows you how to use medically proven mind-body approaches derived from meditation and yoga to counteract stress, establish greater balance of body and mind, and stimulate well-being and healing. By engaging in these mindfulness practices and integrating them into your life from moment to moment and from day to day, you can learn to manage chronic pain, promote optimal healing, reduce anxiety and feelings of panic, and improve the overall quality of your life, relationships, and social networks. This second edition features results from recent studies on the science of mindfulness, a new Introduction, up-to-date statistics, and an extensive updated reading list. Full Catastrophe Living is a book for the young and the old, the well and the ill, and anyone trying to live a healthier and saner life in our fast-paced world.

2013

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Overcoming Health Anxiety: A Self-help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques

By David Veale

Year: 2009

Subject: CBT-based

How you can stop worrying about your health and enjoy life. For some the anxiety becomes chronic, and they may spend many hours checking for symptoms, seeking reassurance from others, surfing the internet for information about different diseases, or repeatedly visiting the doctor. It is distressing for them and for everyone around them. In fact, health anxiety can be very successfully treated with cognitive behavioural therapy – the approach taken in this self-help guide. and exercises. Based on proven CBT techniques. Includes a chapter on fear of death and fear of vomiting.

2009

Location

CCL

An Introduction to Coping with Health Anxiety

By Brenda Hogan

Year: 2007

Subject: Anxiety, symptoms and coping strategies

Aimed at those for whom health anxiety has become a serious problem. This work explains what health anxiety is and how it makes you feel. It helps the reader to understand their symptoms and serves as an immediate coping strategy and as a preliminary to fuller therapy.

2007

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CCL

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Coping with shyness and social phobia

By W Ray Crozier

Year: 2009

Subject: Shyness and Social Phobia

Social anxiety is the third largest psychological problem in the United States today, affecting 15 million Americans in any given year. Packed with case studies this handy guide includes up-to-date information on the range of treatments that are available, including cognitive behavioural therapy and medication, and gives an objective appraisal of their effectiveness and limitations. The authors also explain the crucial distinction between shyness and the debilitating effects of social phobia.

2009

Location

CCL

 

The shyness and social anxiety workbook for teens

By Jennifer Shannon

 (SL only)

Year: 2012

Subject: Shyness and Social Anxiety

The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook for Teens offers worksheets and comic-style illustrated scenarios that help teen readers identify their values and practice evidence-based skills from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) for overcoming shyness and social anxiety.

2012

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CCL

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Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness: A Self-help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques

By Gillian Butler

Year: 2016

Subject: Overcoming Social Anxiety

Everyone feels foolish, embarrassed, judged or criticised at times, but this becomes a problem when it undermines your confidence and prevents you from doing what you want to do. Extreme social anxiety and shyness can be crippling but they are readily treated using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Dr Gillian Butler provides a practical, easy-to-use self-help course which will be invaluable for those suffering from all degrees of social anxiety. Overcoming self-help guides use effective therapeutic techniques to treat long-standing and disabling conditions, both psychological and physical.

2016

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CCL

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Manage Your Stress for a Happier Life

By Terry Looker

Year: 2010

Subject: Managing Stress

This book explains why you feel stressed and how to do something about it. It includes a free package of ‘biodots’, which will help you diagnose and manage your stress; it will also explain the causes of your tension, and show you all the different strategies you can use to deal with it. It explains how better physical health can lead to better mental health, gives practical information on things like decluttering and work-life balance, and reveals what the new discoveries of NLP and similar techniques can do to help you banish stress forever.

2010

Location

CCL

Overcoming anxiety, stress, and panic : a five areas approach

By Chris Williams

Year: 2012

Subject: Overcoming Anxiety & Stress

Part of the successful Overcoming series, Overcoming Anxiety, Stress and Panic is now updated with new workbooks on medication, planning for the future, and practioner recommendations and resources to ensure that it continues to remain an invaluable resource for psychiatrists, counsellors, selfhelp groups and all mental healthcare professionals.

2012

Location

CCL

Overcoming Worry and Generalised Anxiety Disorder: a self-help guide to using cognitive behaioural techniques

By Chris Williams

Year: 2015

Subject: Overcoming Worry & Anxiety

Part of the successful Overcoming series, Overcoming Anxiety, Stress and Panic is now updated with new workbooks on medication, planning for the future, and practioner recommendations and resources to ensure that it continues to remain an invaluable resource for psychiatrists, counsellors, selfhelp groups and all mental healthcare professionals.

2015

Location

CCL

30 Days 30 Ways to Overcome Anxiety

By B Aisbett

 

Year: 2018

Subject: Anxiety

From Australia’s bestselling anxiety expert, Bev Aisbett, comes a proven and practical workbook to help people manage their anxiety, with simple daily strategies for work and for home. A clear, practical day-by-day workbook, written by experienced counsellor and bestselling author of the classic national bestseller about anxiety, Living with IT, Bev Aisbett, to help people control their anxiety. Based on many of the exercises Bev has been teaching and writing about for the past twenty years, the book provides clear, simple daily building blocks to help people manage their anxiety and assist in recovery. Designed to be carried in handbags or backpacks as a daily companion, this is a highly approachable, concise, practical, simple and above all proven method of overcoming anxiety.

2018

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Turtles all the Way Down

By J Green

Year: 2017

Subject: Anxiety

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russel Pickett’s son, Davis. Azra is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

2017

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The Anxiety Toolkit

By A Boyes

Year: 2015

Subject: Anxiety

Drawing on extensive social psychology research, and the author’s training and clinical experience in Cognitive-Behavioral therapy, The Anxiety Toolkit offers actionable strategies that anyone can use to manage their anxiety both personal andprofessional. Anxious people often think a great deal about why they think and behave the way they do. They seek self-improvement information yet often get stuck in applying it. They read popular self-help books for anxiety, but these books are highly simplified, to the extent readers can’t make the leap from the examples in the books to their more complex real world problems. They turn to business books because they’re motivated to achieve greater success, but since these books don’t address the reasons anxious people get stuck, they’re not especially helpful. The Anxiety Toolkit provides the information anxious people look for but can’t find. It draws on extensive social psychology research, and the author’s training and clinical experience in Cognitive-Behavioural psychology, addressing the core problems that impede people who are anxious inhibition, biased thinking, rumination, intolerance of uncertainty, excessive responsibility taking, self-criticism, perfectionism, and avoidance coping and providing readers with the tools to manage these tendencies.

2015

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Don’t Think About Purple Elephants

By S Whelan & G Jones

Year: 2015

Subject: Anxiety & Stress

Between the ages of 12 and 24, the brain changes in important, and oftentimes maddening and challenging ways. In this book, the author, a psychiatrist busts a number of commonly held myths about adolescence. He shows that, if parents and teens can work together to form a deeper understanding of the brain science behind all the tumult, they will be able to turn conflict into connection and form a deeper understanding of one another. According to the author, during adolescence we learn important skills, such as how to leave home and enter the larger world, how to connect deeply with others, and how to safely experiment and take risks, thereby creating strategies for dealing with the world’s increasingly complex problems. Here he presents an inside-out approach to focusing on how brain development affects our behavior and relationships. Drawing on important new research in the field of interpersonal neurobiology, he explores exciting ways in which understanding how the brain functions can improve the lives of adolescents, making their relationships more fulfilling and less lonely and distressing on both sides of the generational divide.

2015

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What to do when you worry too much

By Dawn Huebne

Year: 2006

Subject Anxiety

Teaches school-age children cognitive-behavioral techniques to reduce and overcome anxiety, fears, and worry, through writing and drawing activities and self-help exercises and strategies. Includes introduction for parents.

2006

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MHERC

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Dealing with the Crap

By Joy Sylvia

Year: 2018

Dealing with the crap is intended for teenagers and young adults who are dealing with anxiety and /or depression and their many cohorts – anger, panic, fear, irritability, embarrassment, shame, moodiness, rage, isolation, low mood, guilt etc. – where it is affecting their lives negatively. It is also for those family members, friends and support people who want to understand more about, and help, their young person / friend.This book provides real-world information helping you gain a strategic overview and insight of the issues, plus tactics and tools to develop your own self-management plans. The diagrams, together with the insightful real life stories of young people who have worked through the material, bring about an attitude and belief that successful change is indeed possible.It is a book that is hell-bent on helping you to be strong, resilient and emotionally empowered – being the person you want to be.

2018

Location

CCL

Headlands: New Stories of Anxiety

Edited by Naomi Arnold

Year: 2018

In 2017, Ministry of Health figures showed that one in five New Zealanders sought help for a diagnosed mood or anxiety disorder, and these figures are growing. Headlands : New Stories of Anxiety tells the real, messy story behind these statistics — what anxiety feels like, what causes it, what helps and what doesn’t. These accounts are sometimes raw and confronting, but they all seek to share experiences, remove stigma, offer help or simply shine a light on what anxiety is. The stories in Headlands are told by people from all walks of life: poets, novelists, and journalists, musicians, social workers, and health professionals, and includes new work from Ashleigh Young, Tusiata Avia, Danyl McLauchlan, Selina Tusitala Marsh, Hinemoana Baker and Kirsten McDougall. Edited by journalist Naomi Arnold, Headlands shows that some communities have better access to mental health services than others and it underscores the importance for greater understanding of the condition across the whole of society. It is not a book of solutions nor a self-help guide. Instead, it has been put together for all individuals and whanau affected by anxiety. It’s also for those who are still suffering in silence, in the hope they will see themselves reflected in these pages and understand they are not alone.

2018

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All Birds have Anxiety

By Kathy Hoopmann

Year: 2019

Life as a bird can be stressful! From worrying about airplanes, windows and getting enough worms to eat, it is clear that birds can be anxious beings. Through a humourous, quizzical depiction of bird behaviour, this book validates everyday experiences of anxiety, provides an understanding of the associated symptoms and offers compassionate coping strategies.

2019

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MHERC

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