Academic journal article Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy

The Anxiety and Worry Workbook: The Cognitive Behavioral Solution

Academic journal article Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy

The Anxiety and Worry Workbook: The Cognitive Behavioral Solution

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The Anxiety and Worry Workbook: The Cognitive Behavioral Solution. David A. Clark, PhD, and Aaron T. Beck, MD. New York, NY: The Guilford Press. 2012, 294 pp., $21.95 (paperback).

The Anxiety and Worry Workbook by Drs. Clark and Beck is a comprehensive self-help workbook that provides the readers an opportunity to alleviate excessive anxiety through the use of evidence-based strategies consisting of cognitive restructuring and behavioral methods. This book is well-written, is easy to understand, and contains worksheets created to guide readers to better comprehend their own personal difficulties in efforts to improve their struggles with anxiety and increase their functioning.

This book consists of 11 chapters with the initial chapter presenting a brief introduction to cognitive behavioral therapy. It is notable that the authors use the term cognitive behavioral therapy interchangeably with cognitive therapy and undoubtedly refer to the treatment as the latter throughout the book. In Chapters 2 and 3, the authors explain the nature of fear and anxiety, identify the components of anxiety, introduce types of thinking errors that influence the feelings of anxiety, and illustrate maladaptive strategies that anxious individuals rely on, which maintains and perpetuates anxiety. Chapter 4 assists the readers in getting prepared for their own therapy by discussing the importance of homework exercises in aiding their progress and providing recommendations to enhance self-help exercises to maximize their success. In addition, the authors help readers work through potentially interfering negative beliefs and misconceptions about cognitive therapy. The next chapter educates the readers on assessing and conceptualizing their anxiety using the cognitive behavioral perspective. The readers are encouraged to complete and use worksheets to assist in developing a formulation of their anxiety problem, as well as for treatment planning. Although the worksheets are beneficial in illustrating the anxiety cycle, given the numerous worksheets provided, it can be cumbersome or overwhelming to the novice reader to piece together the worksheets to develop their "anxiety profile. …

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