Guest Review by The Book Matron
ABOUT THE BOOK
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:
Overcoming Anxiety (Self-Help Anxiety Relief), by David John Berndt, PhD, is a clear, concise and well written book on techniques that the common person can use to decrease the physical and emotional effects anxiety can cause, as well as preventing those very reactions and stop them in their tracks before they can wreak havoc on our emotions and body. What I found particularly impressive was the common language he used to explain what causes anxiety, the physical and emotional effects on the body and what we can do to help alleviate those symptoms. He kept everything to the point and didn’t lose me with psychological terms or long explanations I didn’t understand. He covers a variety of techniques and when they can be used to optimize, calm and tame those unwelcome physical and emotional responses to stress and anxiety. He uses the senses, deep breathing, and clear thinking and even allows worry time in a strict and disciplined environment. Like self-defense he advises these techniques be practiced so they become second nature to us and can automatically be utilized if and when we need them.
I often become nervous at doctor’s appointments and recently utilized the 54321 technique (which he explains) along with deep breathing and felt relaxed and my BP was proof that it worked. Along with all the easy to use techniques he does advise the reader to recognize when anxiety and worry are bad and when your body and emotions are alerting you that something is wrong and needs addressed.
When summer is here I love to relax and read those novels you have put on a shelf all winter just for the right weather. When I was given a free copy of Dr. Berndt’s book for a fair and honest review I knew it would cut into my treasured summer reading. However, having suffered from occasional bouts of worry and anxiety from family illnesses and loss of loved ones I wanted to read what he had to offer in managing some of these feelings. I found the book refreshing in its approach and the techniques he offered honest and easy to use. I wanted to keep reading as I practiced and could not wait to get to the next chapter. Overcoming Anxiety is one of the best books I have ever read on managing and decreasing anxiety and worry.
If you experience occasional bout of nerves or are finding yourself becoming more and more consumed with worry and anxiety, this book is for you. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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
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