(Edmund J. Bourne, PhD) – Recommended by Julia Somody & Hilary Stephenson
This book provides information, techniques, and exercises on how to deal with and resolve many different types of anxiety, including social phobia, specific phobia, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic attacks. Although geared towards anxiety, I also find the principles and methods presented in the book to be very helpful in improving confidence and self-esteem. In the book, Dr. Bourne outlines a holistic approach to reduce anxiety through breathing and relaxation exercises, challenging mistaken beliefs and negative self-talk, imagery and desensitization, and lifestyle, nutrition and exercise changes.
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